Donal O'Donovan: 'Rural Ireland will survive, but our biggest city is now eating itself'

'Right now, the problem is not that Dublin is gobbling up the rest of Ireland. It’s that Dublin is eating itself.' (Stock picture)

Donal O'Donovan

Rural Ireland isn't dying. Across the country, schools that 50 years ago could barely muster classes are full of happy, well-fed children. Clean and modern - often enviably large - houses are scattered increasingly thickly across small towns and rural parishes. They're home to a growing and increasingly prosperous population.