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EU membership has brought many benefits to Ireland and to the Irish people. The stories listed below illustrate some of these benefits.

Success stories

Telling award winning stories

Creative Europe Media funding has helped Crossing the Line, one of Ireland’s leading documentary filmmakers, develop into an award-winning enterprise

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First class programme for students

When the Erasmus programme began in TCFE, just three students went to France on exchange. That number has grown to 70 and Erasmus is still growing

Journeys lead to better understanding

Thanks to the EU’s PEACE IV programme, students from the border region have been empowered through active learning activities to find common ground

Mapping the deep blue sea

Irish participants in an EU funded project are shedding light on the darkest depths of the North Atlantic maritime region

Bridging the gap in Leitrim

EU funding has helped reconstruct a railway bridge in Leitrim thereby leading to improved rail journey times between Sligo and Dublin.

Ireland's Gardens of EDEN

Find out about Ireland's destinations of sustainable tourism which have been awarded the European Destination of Excellence label

Farming on the edge of Europe

The AranLIFE project blends scientific expertise with local farming practices to nurture the habitats of rare species on the Aran Islands.

Waterford’s future is crystal clear

When Waterford Crystal closed its doors, EU funding helped to re-establish a crystal manufacturing & visitor centre and to find new jobs for workers.

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Creative Europe Media funding has helped Crossing the Line, one of Ireland’s leading documentary filmmakers, develop into an award-winning enterprise

Project locations
Co. Wicklow, Ireland

EU Leader funding helps transform Dunhill-Fenor into a dynamic socioeconomic ecosystem and a model of best practice in bottom-up regeneration

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Co. Waterford, Ireland

When the Erasmus programme began in TCFE, just three students went to France on exchange. That number has grown to 70 and Erasmus is still growing

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Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Thanks to the EU’s PEACE IV programme, students from the border region have been empowered through active learning activities to find common ground

Project locations
Co. Cavan, Ireland
Co. Monaghan, Ireland
Belfast, United Kingdom

Syrian refugees are putting down new roots in Ireland through their participation in a social farming initiative in Mayo

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Co. Mayo, Ireland

CETA - the EU’s new trade agreement with Canada - has opened some great export opportunities for The Shed Distillery in Drumshanbo in Co Leitrim

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Co. Leitrim, Ireland

Irish participants in an EU funded project are shedding light on the darkest depths of the North Atlantic maritime region

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Co. Galway, Ireland

With EU support, Birdwatch Ireland is using pioneering measures to improve breeding outcomes on both farmland and bogs for the endangered curlew

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Co. Galway, Ireland
Co. Leitrim, Ireland

EU funding has helped reconstruct a railway bridge in Leitrim thereby leading to improved rail journey times between Sligo and Dublin.

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Co. Leitrim, Ireland

Find out about Ireland's destinations of sustainable tourism which have been awarded the European Destination of Excellence label

Project locations
Ireland

The EU LIFE programme is ensuring the future of the corncrake as a successful breeding bird in Ireland, providing €4.3m in funding to the NPWS.

Project locations
Co. Cork, Ireland
Co. Galway, Ireland
Co. Mayo, Ireland
Co. Donegal, Ireland

Islands off the coast of Ireland are set to become more self-sufficient, prosperous and sustainable thanks to an EU clean energy initiative.

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Aran Islands, Co. Galway, Ireland
Cape Clear, Co. Cork, Ireland

Financing from the European Investment Bank is helping speed up the roll out of social housing in the greater Dublin area.

Project locations
Dublin region, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Co. Louth, Ireland
Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Co. Kildare, Ireland

The EU-funded CREST project at Waterford Institute of Technology has discovered new ways to improve vision using key nutrients found in fruit and veg.

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Waterford Institute of Technology, Co. Waterford, Ireland

The AranLIFE project blends scientific expertise with local farming practices to nurture the habitats of rare species on the Aran Islands.

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Aran Islands, Co. Galway, Ireland

Marine waste is polluting Irish coastal waters. The EU-wide Fishing for Litter project encourages fishermen to collect and recycle harmful waste.

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Howth, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Clogherhead, Co. Louth, Ireland
Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Kinsale, Union Hall, Baltimore, Castletownbere, Co. Cork, Ireland
Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Ros a’ Mhíl, Co. Galway, Ireland
Killybegs, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Due to poor practice in the past, Ireland’s bogs have become endangered ecosystems. The EU-backed Living Bog project is helping restore raised bogs.

Project locations
Co. Longford, Ireland
Co. Roscommon, Ireland
Co. Galway, Ireland
Co. Offaly, Ireland
Co. Westmeath, Ireland
Co. Cavan, Ireland