Members of Comharchumann Cois Fharraige explain how the Connemara Gaeltacht co-operative works.
Cois Fharraige in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht is home to one of the most successful co-operatives in the country.
At present it Comharchumann Cois Fharraige has a varied line of initiatives including fishing, horticulture and turf production. It publishes a weekly newspaper, prints books in Irish and is running a string of Irish summer colleges.
The success of the co-op is testament to the determination and spirit of local people says general manager Traolach Ó hAonghusa. While the co-op receives grants from the Department of the Gaeltacht and Gaeltarra Éireann, on a day to day basis it operates as a private company, but with a different ethos.
There's this sense of idealism I presume you could call it, which imbues all our work.
This combination of commercialism and community development is of benefit to co-op members when they approach the bank manager as they are able to show that,
Something worthwhile is in progress and there is more involved than just profit at the end of a particular period.
Local support of the co-op has been second to none, says Michael Lally,
They look on the Comharchumann as their co-operative.
From the start there has been a commitment to the promotion of the Irish language, and today the co-op's business is conducted entirely as Gaeilge, making Comharchumann Cois Fharraige the largest all-Irish co-op in the country.
A modern printing department produces Irish language books and a weekly newspaper for the people of the Gaeltacht, Amárach has a circulation of 6000 with a focus on local news, it also nurtures the Irish language and in a similar way to Raidió na Gaeltachta gives a community confidence in itself.
A lobster boat is one of the co-op's most recent investments and thanks to a good salmon season last year and the new pier at Ros a'Mhíl Mairtín Ó Caonaola is confident that plans to move into shellfish and mackerel fishing will come to fruition,
We intend to harness the natural resources as possible.
Now it seems that like many other co-ops around the country, Comharchumann Cois Fharraige is to be brought into the tax net which will have an impact across the country. According to Traolach Ó hAonghusa,
Some of the small co-ops will have to go.
A 'Newsround' report broadcast on 2 May 1976. The reporter is Jim Fahy.