Achill Island

The financial crash of 2008 hit the people of Ireland hard, but it is perhaps the remote, rural communities that have struggled most. A lack of employment has left many young people with no choice but to leave, and with them has gone much of the hope for the future of those communities. The BBC recently featured a sad but fascinating story about Achill Island, in County Mayo, which is struggling to cope with steady depopulation. Click on the map below to read more.