The Rural Hub was first established as an association in 2012. It was set up by a group of education, training and rural development professionals as a response to the impact of the economic crisis on small rural villages and towns in Ireland.
In 2017 it was decided that The Rural Hub would be established as a Company Limited by Guarantee to continue on its actions and further develop the range of activities and services it provides. The Rural Hub is privately funded and receives no grant income from national funding bodies. This has allowed it to focus its attention on areas where there is an obvious gap in service provision and to conduct its business without the constraints that often accompanies grant income. It is a flexible and versatile community development organisation capable of responding to a wide range of needs due to the diverse skills of the volunteers who support its actions. The Rural Hub has 2 full-time staff and over 20 part-time staff and volunteers.