A huge thank you to everyone who came to Rural Rejigs in Corofin on Saturday 9th December. A special thank you to; our speakers Michael McCaughan, Leonard Cleary, Gloria Callinan, Dr. Mark Garavan, Stefanie Jaegar, Sinead Mercier, Oonagh O’Dwyer, Cillian Murphy & Eoin McCuirc; our musicians Katie Theasby and Raed Said; our discussion facilitators Eve Campbell & William Hederman; but most especially to organisers Sarah Clancy and Monica McKenna.

Gloria Callinan – LEADER Programme Co-ordinator Clare


Cillian Murphy – Loop Head Tourism


Dr. Mark Garavan


Stefanie Jaeger – Social Farming


Sinead Mercier – Green Party researcher


Sinead Mercier, Theresa O’Donoghue and Stefanie Jaeger


FoodCloud co-founder Eoin MacCuirc and Journalist Michael McCaughan


Participants had the chance to hear new ideas as well as reflect on the knowledge their communities already contain.  It was stimulating, encouraging and challenging while also being a celebration of the tireless work already being done in rural communities.  The Hive Mind discussion groups gave the participants a chance to network and share how they will sustain themselves in their work for positive change.

Hive Mind Discussion groups


Hive Mind discussion groups


Hive Mind discussion groups


Hive Mind feedback sheets


The arts vital place in community was highlighted with a stunning performance by local woman Katie Theasby and Jerusalem born musician Raed Said, while Brian Flemming gave a children’s drumming workshop.

Katie Theasby and Raed Said


Listening to Raed Said


At the end of the day Eve Campbell and William Hederman facilitated a feedback session that didn’t want to end.

William on mic duty

Organiser Sarah Clancy


‘Best conference I have ever been to’ D.H.

‘What an absolutely brilliant day this was, thanks to all involved for pulling all the stops out, … One of the most thought provoking events I’ve ever been to – please can we have some more of the same?’ J.M.

‘I thought the day, stimulating, challenging. Well done Sarah and team.’ R.H.

‘What I saw was really interesting. Including the musicians was inspired. Great work’ A.M.H.


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