Maidir Le: 57% of Irish People Know Their Neighbours - 81% Don't Want to Know Them
Since the advent of TV, yes. From what i've heard, not being of an age to remember it myself, in the past visiting, storytelling and cards were common into the 60's and 70's and really only declined when TV came to the villages. There may also be the 'blow-in' factor at work here. During the boom, alot of rural areas in the bigger counties with large urban conglomerations experienced migration of young professionals and families from the cities because of cheaper house prices in the country. Many of these have not assimilated into the community and there is a divide between the 'old' inhabitants and the blow-ins, who don't send their kids to the local school or make any effort to know their neighbours.
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