How does teenage life differ in urban and rural Ireland? Two teenagers give their perceptions.

Meet Olivia Cox aged 16 from Lanseborough, County Longford and Neil Harte also aged 16 from Dorset Street in Dublin city centre, two teenagers growing up in very different environments.

For Olivia, growing up in rural Ireland,

It's nice and quiet, there's a lot of space and great freedom to do whatever you want.

For Neil growing up in Dublin city,

I like messing in the night time and going to the raves.

Neil describes rural living as "backward" and for Olivia city people can be "very snobby". While Olivia enjoys visiting the city for shopping, she wouldn't want to live there due to the noise, crowds and pollution.

Neil acknowledges that living down the country is a lot safer than living in the city, where

People are carrying knives around with them and stabbing people.

Neither teenager is impressed with how rural and urban lives are portrayed by the RTÉ television soaps 'Glenroe' or 'Fair City' which they feel do not represent life accurately.

For Neil,

I never liked Fair City. It's a very brutal programme. It's not down to earth properly and they never show anything that's bad going on in life.

Olivia has a similar view of 'Glenroe'.

I don't like Glenroe. It doesn't give a realistic picture of what the countryside is like.

Olivia concludes

There's nothing wrong with being a culchie. We're all human.

This episode of 'Jo-Maxi' was broadcast on 14 January 1993.

'Jo Maxi' was a youth lifestyle programme targetted at 10 to 14-year-olds. The programme contained features on a broad range of topics including animals, fashion, music, books and profiles of young people voicing their views on various subjects. The original presenters on the show were Ray D'Arcy, Geri Lalor, Clíona Ní Bhuachalla and Antoinette Dawson. 

'Jo Maxi' first aired on Monday, 10 October 1988 on RTÉ Network 2 and ran until 1994.