A shift from city working to rural working. Ireland is seizing the “unparalleled opportunity” offered by changing pandemic-era work habits to shift people from major cities to the rest of the country, envisaging a network of remote working hubs and rejuvenated town centres in an effort to redress the country’s longstanding rural-urban divide.
The earliest written records of Ireland come from classical Greco-Roman geographers. Ptolemy in his Almagest refers to Ireland as Mikra Brettania (“Little Britain”), in contrast to the larger island, which he called Megale Brettania (“Great Britain”). In his later work, Geography, Ptolemy refers to Ireland as Iouernia and to Great Britain as Albion. These ‘new’ names were likely to have been the local names for the islands at the time. The earlier names, in contrast, were likely to have been coined before direct contact with local peoples was made.