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Irish Rural Link Annual Conference 2018

Posted on: April 18th, 2018 by Louise Lennon

Irish Rural Link Annual Conference 2018

MICRO – Enhancing Competitiveness of Micro Enterprises in Rural Areas – Supports, Guidance and Tools available

The Cavan Crystal Hotel, 11th May 2018

Irish Rural Link Annual Conference 2018 will take place on Friday 11th May in The Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan. The focus of this years conference is Micro enterprises and the important contribution they make to rural areas through job creation. The conference will be opened by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys. A panel discussion with Chair of LEO and local entrepreneurs will take place as well as workshops. For more information and copy of agenda available here 

This is a FREE event but please register your interest to attend on Event Brite

Irish Rural Link to Host two Information Events on Deep Retrofitting

Posted on: April 18th, 2018 by Louise Lennon

IRL will host two public information evenings on the new Government’s grant scheme for deep energy efficiency home improvements, announced recently by Minister Denis Naughten and administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. More details are available here 

Friday 27th April 2018 at 7pm                 

Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone                                          

Minister Denis Naughten TD to open the event

Thursday 3rd May 2018 at 7pm              

Anglers Rest Hotel, Headford, Galway                   

Minister of State Sean Kyne TD to open the event

Should you require additional information in relation to the scheme or the events please contact Sinead Dooley at Irish Rural Link on or phone 090 6482744

See links to two clips on the benefits of retrofitting to your home

MICRO SME Training Press Release

Posted on: January 30th, 2018 by Maria Pettit

29th January 2018

Irish Rural Link in Malaga for the third Meeting of the MICRO Project

Irish Rural Link – the national network representing the interest of rural communities was in Malaga on January 25th and 26th for the third Meeting of Enhancing Competitiveness of Microenterprises in Rural Areas (MICRO) in Brussels, a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, Key Action 2, Strategic Partnerships for Vocational and Educational Training.

MICRO is implemented by 7 partners from 6 countries (Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia and Spain).

The idea behind MICRO is to sustain the growth and competitiveness of rural microenterprises by developing practical training resources and a dedicated Open Educational Resource (OER Platform).  The platform will initially contain short focused online training on topics suggested from a consultation with microenterprises in rural areas in each of the 6 participating countries.

During the meeting, partners revised the OER Platform and finalized the training courses developed under IO3. Furthermore, they agreed upon timeline and delivering of trainings under IO4 – Test and Validation.

An important issue discussed in the meeting was Dissemination activities. Partners are strongly committed to give great visibility to the Project, a dedicated Multiplier Event will be held in each Project country during the next months in addition to ordinary online and offline Dissemination activities.

Irish Rural Link (Lead Partner) founded in 1991, is a national network of organisations and individuals advocating for sustainable rural development in Ireland and Europe.  IRL, a non-profit organization has grown significantly since its inception and now directly represents over 600 community groups and individuals with a combined membership of 25,000.  The network provides a structure through which rural groups and individuals representing disadvantaged rural communities, can articulate their common needs and priorities, share their experiences and present their case to policy makers at local, national and EU level.  As Lead partner, IRL is responsible for the management and coordination of the Micro Project.

For further information about MICRO project, contact us:

Maria Pettit & Siobhan Kinahan

Tel: 090 6482744


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