Rural Social Scheme with Leitrim Development Company – In Focus: Episode 185

Today’s show takes a look at some of the unseen work that takes place in our communities across the county with the help of the Rural Social Scheme operated by Leitrim Development Company.

Karen Guihan of Leitrim Development Company outlines what exactly the Rural Social Scheme is and how it provides an additional income for small holding farmers and fisherpersons to supplement their working income while supporting community groups and voluntary organisations across the county.

James Brogan, a supervisor on the scheme, highlights the type or work that participants on the scheme do on the ground in virtually every community centre, sporting facility, church and tidy towns committee within the county.

We talk to Pat McWeeney and Seamus McDonagh who outline the locations and work that they do as part of the scheme. They also talk about how the finances from the scheme is vital to the ability to stay on the land as a smallhold farmer in their homes and communities.

Seamus also tells us about the important added benefit of the scheme and how it helps with the rural isolation felt by large numbers of the rural farming across the country.

Kathleen tells us about the reality for local community groups and how the work that they do at no cost to their community group is vital to the work that happens in organisations of all sizes from Tullaghan to Dromod and everything in between.

Further Information on the scheme for potential participants and community groups is available from Karen Guihan of Leitrim Development Company at 071 9641770 or on

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