Wednesday, May 25, 2011

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MOST POPULAR IN GALWAY - Google "Fact"

Is Community Development on the slippery slope in Ireland today?
It appears there is most interest in "community development" in Galway, with Cork and Limerick following next, followed oddly by the capital Dublin.
However, if 'Google Analytics' is any kind of reliable guide (and we're not saying it is) the relative slide in Irish interest in the concept of community development may be a cause for concern.
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According to Google's chart here people are not looking it up online as much as before (as compared to people's interest in other terms). Given how the statistics are devised, the interest level may actually have increased, but not relative to the interest-level in, let's say the Heineken Cup or Jedward.
'Changing Ireland' also looked at the interest in googling for "community development" compared with the term "community work". Here too, Galway people have the most interest.
Does this reflecting the fact that the likes of West Training, the National Traveller Women's Forum and the Community Workers' Co-op are based in Galway? Or is it because Galway people generally always have more interest in community?
Do you believe the statistics?
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On a very positive note, the word "community" is now popping up increasingly in news reports. The terms appears twice as much in Irish news reports online in 2011 than it did seven years ago.

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