In a way the story behind The Cottage, Loughmore, would draw tears from a stone. It’s a story of hope and community co-operation under the leadership of a woman who dared to re-imagine the future for a small village in rural Ireland.

Loughmore is located not much more than a kilometre off the main Thurles to Templemore road. Once a thriving little village, in recent years – and one by one – the businesses in the village closed and were never replaced.