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Mukařov

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Optical cabling is progressively growing.

Mukařov

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Individual safety is the reasons why more and more people are building or buying houses here.

Mukařov

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Nice countryside surrounded by woods and ponds.

Mukařov

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An ever-growing group of people of all generations around our village community centre.

Mukařov

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Broadband is a key infrastructural issue. The level of broadband connectivity in the area has increased steadily since 2006 and this is a high priority for the future development of the Ballyhoura area, as this weakness is restricting the progress of individuals and businesses, in particular 'blackspot' communities and their hinterlands. However, the National Broadband Plan, currently being implemented, will enable access to the remaining 22% of properties in the area, over the coming 3 to 5 year period.

Ibar Development Initiative

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In common with most rural areas with dispersed populations, the social infrastructure and facilities lags behind the facilities available in urban areas. Within the Ballyhoura area, communities have a strong reputation for fostering and delivering a wide range of community-led and community-based social outlets and diversions, by pursing bottom-up and whole-of community approaches, including: development of multi-purpose community facilities; community- and place-based social networks and activities; leveraging funding support from national and EU funds to establish economic, social and environmental initiatives with both practical and socialisation objectives.

Ibar Development Initiative

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The unemployment rate within the Ballyhoura area continues to be almost double the national average, at c. 11%, down from over 20% at the height of the recession. A disproportionate number of young people could be classified as NEET, with those most distant from the labour market and living in dispersed rural areas, being most disadvantaged, due to lack of access to supports and services in their local areas.

Ibar Development Initiative

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There has been a rapid increase in the number of persons over 65 in the Ballyhoura area, i.e. whilst this population grew by 5.4% (385 persons) between 1996 and 2006, the number of persons over 65 years of age increased by 38% or 2,818 persons, between 2006 and 2016. Consequently, the over 65 population accounted for 15% of the population in 2016 against 12% in 2006. This is driven by the ageing of the population overall, the demographic structure of the population, and increasing lifespans, which are set to be the key demographic drivers of change shaping this area, and will give rise to increasing demand for services to the elderly . It is likely that the nature of some of these services will have to adopt to the needs of these populations in the future which are likely to be active for longer. Furthermore, the services will need to account for greater number of elderly men in the future as male life expectancy increases - closing of the gap between the number of males and females over 65, i.e. the ratio of women to men in this cohort was 1.23 in 1996, 1.18 in 2006 and 1.09 in 2016.

Ibar Development Initiative

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In the period since 2012, Ireland's economy has been recovering. Whilst all of the indicators point to a more positive social and economic outlook for the country, impacts of the recession remain, as seen in the demographic impacts of substantial emigration that particularly affected the population under 40 years of age. The cohort between 15 and 64 years of age in the Ballyhoura area grew in line with the overall population (21%) between 2006 and 2016, however this overlooks substantial changes in the intervening period, i.e. 15 – 64 year olds accounted for 66% of the entire population in 2006 and has since been declining. During the most recent census period, 2011 – 2016 the actual number of persons between 15 and 64 years of age fell by 652 persons, reflecting the impact of increased emigration during the peak of the economic recession.

Ibar Development Initiative

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There are facilities only for children, no choice for elderly people. The first attempt is a new social and law consultancy centre.

Mukařov

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There is no offer of accessible flats for both young people or seniors.

Mukařov

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More than half of the present population moved here in the last 20 years. They have no roots and connections here, while the old residents do not trust them.

Mukařov

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There is quite a good network of buses but due to traffic jams, the travelling takes much more time than it should.

Mukařov

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The local sources of water are limited, we have to rely on distance pipe which is necessary to build to several remote parts of the village.

Mukařov

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There are only one general practitioner and one dentist, no paediatrician; all children and newcomers must travel to doctors at least to the closest town.

Mukařov

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