Published: 25th Oct 2016

Bottom-up development is still ‘abnormal’, says Karin Eyben of the Garvagh Enterprise Trust, which is hoping to transfer a former school building in rural Derry into community ownership In August 2012, Garvagh High School, in the county of Derry, closed due to falling numbers. The school was built in the early 1950s as a result of the education act of 1947, which set out to modernise the aging educational fabric in Northern Ireland, and was the first rural school of that era to be built. As with many school closures, the school’s death was protracted and painful for the village. Many young people were left facing limited choices with regards viable educational alternatives. The story since August 2012 is one of a community shifting from anger and loss to investing significant amount of volunteer time to thinking about the long-term potential of the former school building, which backs onto the Garvagh … (To read the full article, subscribe below)