IRD Cork
South LDS


eTownz, in association with IRD Cork South LDS, is providing Smart Village Training to communities across Ireland. Visit the pages of the Local Development Companies, below, to learn about training opportunities in your area. Learn how to:

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

Upcoming Courses

IRD Cork South LDS is providing the following Smart Village training courses. Click on a course registration link to apply for a place.

Training for other areas in IRD Cork South LDS will be delivered soon.

Email IRD Cork South LDS at [email protected] to be kept up to date on Smart Villages training in your area.


Course Introduction

Duncan Walker

Duncan Walker

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.

IRD Duhallow, 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 Inishowen Development Partnership 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.

IRD Duhallow 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.


IRD Duhallow, James O’Keeffe Institute,
James O’Keeffe Institute, Newmarket, Co. Cork