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Rural Development

Rural dwellers establish new enterprises to improve their income, provide employment for family and utilise available resources. Teagasc provide training and advisory services to promote and sustain a range of enterprise development in rural areas. Specialist advisers provide start-up training for those establishing new enterprises and training and advice for those who are up and running.

The Department of Rural and Community Development is currently developing a new, whole-of-Government rural development policy for Ireland for the period 2020-2025.

2020 RDS Spring Awards

There are three prize categories for the Awards:

 In addition to receiving a specially commissioned trophy the winner in each category will receive a cheque for €2,000 from the RDS. Each runner-up will receive €1,000 and an RDS Certificate of Merit.

 Award winners will be announced at the 2020 RDS Spring Awards Lunch which will take place in the RDS Concert Hall on Tuesday, April 14. There is no fee to apply for the awards, and shortlisted applicants, and their guests, will be invited to attend the awards lunch free of charge.


Expand Your Horizons

Services and support offered by rural agencies in Ireland.
Click here to view videos from the seminar series.




Rural Tourism Booklet

Teagasc Rural Tourism Booklet coverThe Teagasc Rural Tourism booklet is designed to quickly provide answers for readers seeking information on any aspect of rural tourism development opportunities.

Teagasc Rural Tourism Booklet  (PDF, 5.6MB)