Donegal Local Development CLG


This training program is being sponsored by Donegal Local Development CLG as part of a national roll out of the Smart Village Curriculum. The training is being provided by Carlene Lyttle and the team at eTownz. Learn how to:

  • Create a Smart Village Plan
  • Encourage cross community collaboration
  • Run a Smart Village AGM & onboard new volunteers


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Training for communities in Donegal will be delivered soon.

Email Eamonn Bonner, Donegal Local Development CLG, at to be kept up [email protected] to date on Smart Villages training in your area.


Course Introduction

Carlene Lyttle

Carlene Lyttle

Course Introduction

Sessions Summary

What is a Smart Village?

Smart Villages are communities in rural areas that use innovative solutions to improve their resilience, building on local strengths and opportunities.

Donegal Local Development CLG, together with local development companies around Ireland, commissioned the creation of the Smart Village Curriculum by eTownz, and eTownz is providing training in the curriculum Donegal Local Development CLG behalf.

The curriculum consists of six 90 minute modules which guide participants through the process of creating a Smart Village Plan, which is compiled using a workbook that is completed during the course.

The Smart Village Curriculum compiled by eTownz is a modular and pragmatic approach to local development where the town creates an interactive register for its local Assets, Stakeholders, Goals, Projects and Metrics.

Once the plan is prepared it is reviewed annually in an inclusive manner by all local stakeholders. Each record and goal is reviewed annually moving projects through their lifecycle using metrics and community feedback to update the plan.

Donegal Local Development CLG will be identifying communities that wish to participate in the program and then seeking people from each community to participate in the interactive course. These participants will be the Smart Village champions in their communities, trained in bringing various stakeholders together and coordinating the program annually.


1 Millennium Court,
Pearse Road, Letterkenny,
Co. Donegal. F92 W50R


Tel: 074 91 27056
Mob: 087 3628964