Rural Social Scheme


The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) has been in existence in Straide for many years. It is administered by the Southwest Mayo Development Company located in Balla. Since extending the scheme to Straide, it has transformed the landscape in a very positive way.

Rural Social Schemes operating throughout the country have a very broad remit in terms of their work and benefit to the local community. The remit includes:

  • Maintaining and enhancing waymarked ways, agreed walks and bog roads.
  • Energy conservation work for the elderly and the less well off.
  • Village and countryside enhancement projects.
  • Social care and care of the elderly, community care for both pre-school and after-school groups.
  • Environmental maintenance work – maintenance and caretaking of community and sporting facilities.
  • Projects relating to not for profit cultural and heritage centres.
  • Community Administration / Clerical duties.
  • Any other appropriate community project identified during the course of the Scheme.

In Straide, the scheme’s responsibilities include:

  • Cutting grass in the areas around the church, museum, hall and school, as well as along the approach roads to the village.
  • Maintaining the five parish cemeteries.
  • Building / repairing stone walls as needed.
  • Keeping the area free of litter, weeds etc.

Visitors to Straide, as well as those travelling along the busy N58, often comment very positively about the beauty and landscape of the area. This is all, largely, due to the work of the RSS.

The community is rightfully very proud of, and thankful for, the great work being done by the RSS today, as well as being very grateful for the work done in previous years. It has all helped to make Straide the place of beauty and tranquillity it is today.