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NRN is now CAP Network Ireland

Thank you for visiting the NRN website. This website is no longer being updated on a regular basis. The National Rural Link (NRN) is now CAP Network Ireland, tasked with supporting the implementation of Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan (CSP) for the period 2023-2027.

What is CAP Network Ireland?

  • We are a national network dedicated to supporting rural development and innovation across Ireland.
  • Our members include farmers, advisors, researchers, rural communities, agencies and other interested stakeholders
  • Our role is to promote networking, innovation, and funding opportunities under Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plam (CSP) and to increase involvement of all stakeholders in implementing Ireland’s CSP.

Visit capnetworkireland.eu to learn more about the CAP Strategic Plan and to become involved in rural innovation and sustainable agricultural development in Ireland.

The Sign Post Webinar Series

Remember to sign up for the ongoing weekly SignPost Series programme led-by Teagasc and supported by Dairy Sustainably Ireland, National Rural Network and Food Drink Ireland Skillnet here.

The SignPost Series also have a Podcast vault for you to listen back to valuable information and discussions. You can download it here.

The Signpost Series Podcast provides knowledge and information to farmers and the
agriculture sector on maintaining and improving the environment. Topics covered include greenhouse gas emissions, water quality, biodiversity and soils.

Webinar Series
EIP-AGRI Conference Report

National Rural Network Events Calendar

The National Rural Network has created an innovative events calendar for anyone interested in agriculture and rural development.

The calendar is easy to navigate and will keep you up to date with the latest upcoming events relating to Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan 2023-2027.

30th Anniversary of the LEADER Programme

Taking a look back at the LEADER programme, including the various ways the NRN has engaged with it.

LEADER Programme

July 2023 EU CAP Network LEADER E-Newsletter

A new EU CAP Network E-Newsletter dedicated to sharing LEADER experiences and success stories from Local Action Groups (LAGs) across Member States was launched earlier this year. This publication provides a quarterly round-up of the main LEADER-related activities...

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EIP-AGRI: Ireland’s Operational Groups 2019 Booklet

The National Rural Network team at NUI Galway have designed and produced a booklet entitled ‘EIP-AGRI: Ireland’s Operational Groups 2019’ to highlight and promote the 23 Irish EIP-AGRI Operational Groups selected by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Latest NRN Blog Posts

The National Rural Network (NRN)

The National Rural Network (NRN) is a component of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP) led by Irish Rural Link in partnership with The Wheel, NUI Galway and Philip Farrelly & Co.

The overall aim of the NRN is to build and sustain a membership-based network that maximises the beneficial outcomes of the Rural Development Programme.​ 

NRN Case Studies

Visit our library of case-studies from across our NRN themes.

NRN Partners & Funders

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Email: info@nationalruralnetwork.ie



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