Healthy ageing in rural communities; an interdisciplinary cross-border research network

CARDI Involvement
CARDI grant programme


  • Professor Eamonn O'Shea and Dr Kieran Walsh, The Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway
  • Dr Michael Murray, Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning, Queen's University Belfast
  • Dr Sheelah Connolly, Centre for Clinical and Population Studies, Queen's University Belfast
  • Mr Mark Allen and Ms Caroline McGuire, Rural Community Network
  • Ms. Martina Gavin, FORUM, Rural Community Development Organisation
  • Dr John McDonagh, Department of Geography, NUI Galway.


  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland

Project Lead

Dr Kieran Walsh, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway



Funding source



12 months



Last updated

26th September 2013

Older people in Rural Communities: Exploring Attachment, Contribution and Diversity in Rural Ireland and Northern Ireland

This research project, funded under Call 1 of CARDI Grants Programme, examines the experiences of older people living in three rural areas: the Ards Peninsula in Down; the cross-border area of Blacklion / Belcoo in Cavan / Fermanagh; and Letterfrack in Galway. The research was conducted by the Healthy Ageing in Rural Communities (HARC) research network, led by Dr Kieran Walsh Research Officer at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG). 

Read the full report here,


Research Brief

This brief, authored by CARDI staff, is based on the findings of the research project and also contains additional information of interest.

Read the research brief Healthy Ageing in Rural Communities here


Other relevant publications

HARC (2010). Older people in rural communities: Exploring attachment, contribution and diversity in rural Ireland and Northern Ireland. Healthy Ageing in Rural Communities (HARC) Research Network.

Read more here.

HARC (2010). Is rural Ireland a good place in which to grow old? First Trust Bank Economic Outlook and Business Review 25.4, 39-42.

Read more here.

For more information on HARC please visit the HARC website