WEST Kerry Board secretary Derry Murphy has highlighted the blight of rural depopulation.
During his address to the West Kerry Board's AGM, which also included a comprehensive account of the board's activities and many successes during 2012, he called for the Government to do more to assist rural communities such as those in West Kerry.
"Some of our clubs have been very seriously affected by the ravages of immigration," Mr Murphy noted.
"This is indeed a huge problem and will have a huge effect on our rural periferal clubs. We have to be resilient and positive in facing this challenge. This will require state agency and Government action. We must ask for a halt to the closure of rural Garda stations and schools. Clubs must work closely with other local sporting, farming and community organisations in their area to endeavour to promote a positive rural development plan."