Drogheda, Co Louth has felt the full effects of the downturn, with 8,700 of the town's population unemployed. Now its citizens have decided they've had enough. Local Heroes - A Town Fights Back will follow the people of Drogheda as they work alongside Senator Feargal Quinn and an assembled team of experts to kick-start their local economy.
Watch the beginning of this inspiring story on RTÉ One Television at 8.30pm on Wednesday 9 November.
In Episode One, a Town Hall Meeting, attended by hundreds of Drogheda citizens, gives the campaign the kickstart it needs. This is followed by an Ideas Summit in the Boyne Valley Hotel; open to all comers, it yielded an amazing number of ideas for the regeneration of the town. Off the back of the summit, a number of task forces/ regeneration teams were formed. These teams are working hard to make some of the ideas (about tourism, culture, job activation, entrepreneurship, and so on) a reality.
The first episode's story continues as volunteers give their time and energy - and loan their property - to get the Drogheda Local Heroes Hub up and running, transforming an empty retail unit in the centre of town into a fully functioning HQ for the campaign. The Hub is a space for the people of Drogheda, a place of information for people with ideas, for businesses and start-ups, for jobseekers, volunteers and anyone who wants to get involved in the project. It's the nerve centre of the campaign and is manned by two full-time staff members and a rotating group of volunteers.
Over the next six weeks, follow the people of Drogheda as they take their future into their own hands - and join the Local Heroes Campaign.