Famed Kerry footballer and pundit Pat Spillane has praised a north Leitrim community for setting an example by its the efforts to keep its rural area alive.
Spillane was the special guest on Saturday night at the annual Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher GAA Club dinner, where he said the GAA is often the only glue that’s keeping some rural communities together.
About two years ago, Kiltyclogher was fighting to retain its two teacher national school but it succeeded in attracting new families to the area thanks to an a social media campaign that drew international attention.
And about year ago, the club came close to folding because of the falling population but just before Christmas it won the county junior football championship title.
Spillane, who’s a government ambassador to promote rural Ireland, says places like Glenfarne and Kiltyclogher are an inspration to other areas:
He spoke to Ocean FM’s Austin O Callaghan: