The effect of emigration in the west of Ireland. A report looking at the parish of Killasser in County Mayo and the dwindling population as young people leave the area.

The effect of emigration in the west of Ireland. A report looking at the parish of Killasser in county Mayo and dwindling population as young people leave the area.

Reporter Cathal O'Shannon talks about the danger of Killasser dying as a community due to the high rate of emigration and provides an analysis of a report published by the 'Defend the West' organisation. 

Dr Labhras O Nuallain author of the report and a lecturer at UCG says that the findings of the report may be startling to some people but not to people in the west of Ireland. However, Killasser is not the only parish in Ireland to stand condemned by a poor economy and a high emigration rate. 

Father John Leonard, chairman of the 'Defend the West' organisation says he is sixteen years in town and has watched as the population has gradually dwindled. 

Sean McEvoy, headmaster and secretary of 'Defend the West', believes the picture for Killasser is even worse than the report describes.

For many born on the village, they face a future living in England or America.

Killasser is out of step with modern living it does not matter that you or I think differently. There is no point in looking with envy on what might to us be a simpler life and therefore trying to preserve it. The young people of Killasser have made up their minds. The mere fact that they are abandoning Killasser in search of a better financial status is in itself an assertion.