Murroe is like a mini New York says UL lecturer

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

AT FIRST glance the city that never sleeps and a serene County Limerick village don’t have a lot in common.

AT FIRST glance the city that never sleeps and a serene County Limerick village don’t have a lot in common.

However, if you delve a little deeper their similarities become more and more apparent says Stephen Kinsella, UL Economics lecturer.

He has written three books and plans to tease out the comparison between New York and Murroe in his next title and look at the development of villages like Murroe.

Mr Kinsella lived and worked in Manhattan from 2005 to late 2006 before returning to Ireland and settling in Murroe. New York is home to millions, Murroe to a couple of thousand, but their outlook is very similar.

“What struck me about living in New York is how multi-cultural it was. Nobody was from there. There were very few people born and raised in Manhattan that I knew. Everyone was from somewhere else.

They had come there for a reason - either to work or to study or to raise their children. Murroe is a lot like that,” said Mr Kinsella,

There is the indigenous population of the parish of Murroe/Boher but it has seen a population explosion. In less than 10 years the number of households has quadrupled from 400 to over 1600, said Mr Kinsella.

“Murroe is a very positive place, you get that sense when you’re there. I walk my children around the village the whole time. I meet people who are very friendly and nice. They are very positive and optimistic about things, you had the same thing in New York. Everything was very positive,” he said.