Jerh O’Donoghue of Rathmore Social Action Group today spoke before the Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, on sustaining viable rural communities.
Mr O’Donoghue recounted the history of the group from its beginnings in Rathmore in 1975.
He said the group was inspired by the concept of the ‘Meitheal’ in Kerry, where neighbours help neighbours and gather together as a unit.
Events at their disco-hall proved successful from a fundraising perspective; the group also provided social support to patients at St Finians.
One of their most successful initiatives was their laundry service for older people, which Jerh explained seemed to have a miraculous element: