Young people in Galway explore the question which is better town or country living?

In the 'Private Eye' segment of young people’s television programme ‘Echo Island’, Cheryl, who lives in the country and James, a town dweller, report on which lifestyle is better.

On Market Square in Tuam, County Galway, James investigates the advantages and disadvantages of town life and country living. One girl interviewed appreciates the proximity to shops, cinemas and

I like the town because you’re nearer to your school.

Meanwhile Cheryl interviews Fiona, an advocate for country living, 

You can have a lot more pets that you could in the town because it’s easier to manage them and you’ve a lot more space to walk them in.

The other benefits to county life there is more space and less pollution, traffic and noise.

However one girl highlights a disadvantage to the countryside,

People do be spreading slurry and giving out silage to the cows and the bullock.

Fiona also sees some downsides to country living. It lacks entertainment and she is lives far from her school and friends,


It’s kind of too quiet sometimes.

One town dweller decides living in the country is,

Very smelly and you’d get more chores to do because your father would probably be a farmer.

Fiona disagrees as many people living in the country are not on a farm.

In the end there is no clear winner n the debate, leaving Cheryl to conclude,

Basically wherever you live you’ll get to like it.

‘Echo Island’ was broadcast on RTÉ Network 2 as part of ‘The Den’. It first aired in September 1994 and concluded in June 1999. The presenters included Dara Ó Briain, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, Alan Hughes, Derek Mooney, Mary Kingston and Carrie Crowley.

This episode of ‘Echo Island’ was broadcast on 12 January 1996.