Irish Times reporter and presenter Dave McNulty travels to rural towns and places with the aim of making the rural experience better.
He travels to different counties, using the internet to collect information on how the towns are doing and share it with other people.
Irish Times article “It’s really important to go out there and say, ‘I’m a bit of a ruralist and I’m really interested in how people are living in their own homes and their own land’,” he said.
“People who live in a small rural community have this sense of isolation and they don’t necessarily know anyone else, so that’s a real challenge for us.”
I also wanted to be able to be a bit more of a presence.
It’s quite a common thing to hear about how we’re trying to cut our carbon footprint but, in the end, I’m not really concerned about that, because I’m in a community and I know a lot of the people who live there, so it’s really nice to be that sort of a link.
“Dave McNulty/Irish Times “I was in a village where they were using double barn doors,” he said, “and they had a little floating screen door that was really cool.
It made it so I could walk through the village and not have to take my phone out of my pocket.
It was like they were just using the screens to get things done in a way that you could see through. “
I was really impressed by how much space they were utilising.
It was like they were just using the screens to get things done in a way that you could see through.
I think they’ve really invested in the technology and that it was actually an awesome example of how a village can be used as a mobile village and it’s very important to have that kind of infrastructure.”
He also has a blog, where he posts photos of rural life.
In one, he posted a photo of a little boy playing on a field.
He wrote, “The boy in the picture is an Australian boy, named Sam.
His dad has taken the field and now he’s on his own.”
“My main point was to get the kids to know each other,” he explained.
“There was this kid that was a bit sad that his mom had left, so I wanted to put him out there.
They were just enjoying each others’ company. “
So it was quite interesting.
They were just enjoying each others’ company.
They were really excited about it and there was some real bonding.”
“There was a little bit of drama and tension, but it was really fun to see,” he concluded.
Dave McClennan/Irish Sun article “My wife and I were really lucky in that we had two kids and we had been able to share our farm and we got to see the different aspects of farming and all that.
We were really happy.”
After the tour, McNulty posted a series of photos of the children.
The blog post has been shared more than 200,000 times.
A couple of years later, the couple were contacted by a man from the Australian government, who was looking for a farm in the rural areas of the Northern Territory.
McNulty told him of the blog post, and suggested he take part in a rural tour.
But McNulty was reluctant at first.
Then he thought, “Oh, that’s not a very rural place, you know?” he said of the post.
When the man agreed to travel to the area, he invited McNulty to come along.
It was a real adventure.
At first, he thought the man was just travelling to visit family, but he was really keen to see what he was talking about.
Eventually, the tour was cancelled after a few days, but McNulty and the man met up again a few weeks later.
What they saw on the day was nothing short of spectacular.
After seeing some sheep, cattle, and a pair of chickens, the man said, he was quite impressed.
As McNulty told The Irish Sun, it was a pretty special trip.
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