‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ Films


8 short films summarising the 8 chapters of ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ have just been released. Here are the links:

ARTS & CULTURE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhdftfHqV-A
COMMUNITY & EDUCATION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD6ZEyhsK6k
ECONOMICS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uyJ9oTG6RY
ENERGY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31NuwXadtAA
FOOD & WATER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=142RUAqZQAY
INNER TRANSITION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUapciibD_0
INFRASTRUCTURE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzq_l2bmRsM
WASTE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_2NkI1oEzU

Meeting – Friday 23rd September 2016

There will be a Transition Galway meeting starting at 7pm on Friday 23rd September at Massimo’s on William Street West. We will be discussing and deciding on our activities for the months ahead. All welcome!

tgmeetingFACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1181108378599567/

Draft Agenda
(i.) Transition Community Garden (recent Agenda 21 grant etc.)
(ii.) Green Drinks Galway (next guest speakers)
(iii.) Sing for our Planet
(iv.) Film Screenings (next films)
(v.) Working with upcoming relevant local festivals (Convergence – The Galway Sustainable Living Festival, An Áit Eile: What Now? etc.)
(vi.) Other campaigns (Galway Native Tree Nursery, Local Food Co-op/Bulk Buying Group, Local Energy Co-op, Fossil Free NUIG)
(vii.) Any other business

Film screening, August 2016 – ‘Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective’

The award-winning film ‘Inhabit’ will be screened at ‘The Secret Garden’ café on William Street West at 7pm on Monday 22nd August. All welcome!


‘Inhabit’ explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called Permaculture. Permaculture is a design lens that uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. ‘Inhabit’ provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

“An unmissable film showcasing how permaculture holds many solutions to the problems of today. From farms and smallholdings, to landscapes, communities and cities. Inhabit is simply the best film I have seen about permaculture.” – PERMACULTURE MAGAZINE

“Groundbreaking Permaculture Film Offers Bold New Solution in Regenerative Agriculture” – ECOWATCH

“This Kickstarter-funded film delivers a beautiful portrait of permaculture’s potential in both rural and urban settings.” – TREEHUGGER.COM

Rob Hopkins interviews Transition Galway

Rob Hopkins IIRob Hopkins is one of the founders of the Transition movement. He has a very comprehensive online podcast series about various issues related to the Transition movement. In March 2016 Rob interviewed 3 members of Transition Galway about our recently released ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’.

You can listen to the interview here: https://soundcloud.com/transition-culture/transition-galway-discuss-their-a-vision-for-galway-2030-report

Below is a transcipt of the interview with the 3 members: Bernard McGlinchy (BM), Mary Greene (MG) and Caoimhín Ó Maolallaigh (COM).

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Film screening, April 2016 – “Do the Math”

Documentary film ‘Do the Math’ will be screened in the Secret Garden café on William Street West on Monday 18th April at 7pm. The film screening will be followed by a short talk and Q&A session given by one of the members of the NUIG Divestment campaign. All welcome!

NUIG Divestment Petition: https://campaigns.gofossilfree.org/petitions/divest-nui-galway-from-fossil-fuels

NUIG Divestment Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/fossilfreenuig


‘Do the Math’ chronicles “America’s leading environmentalist” Bill McKibben in a David-vs-Goliath battle to fight the fossil fuel industry and change the terrifying math of the climate crisis.

Bill McKibben is going after Big Oil, Big Coal, and Big Gas directly – energizing a movement like the ones that overturned the great immoral institutions of the past century – such as Apartheid in South Africa. Putting his body on the line to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline and leading universities and institutions to divest in the corporations destroying our livelihoods, McKibben is uniting the growing global majority that view the climate crisis as the most important moral issue of the day.

The film also features a veritable who’s who of the climate movement including Dr. James Hansen (Frmr. Director, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies), Naomi Klein (Author, The Shock Doctrine), Van Jones (CNN Correspondent & Author, The Green Collar Economy) Lester Brown (President, Earth Policy Institute), Michael Brune (Executive Director, Sierra Club), Bobby Kennedy Jr. (President, Waterkeeper Alliance) Majora Carter (Founder, Sustainable South Bronx), Phil Radford (Executive Director, Greenpeace), among others

FILM TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zfinOCgRQ0

Transition Galway in ‘The Irish Times’

Irish Times Masthead IThere was a very favourable article in the weekend edition of ‘The Irish Times’ of Saturday 9th January 2016 about our ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ project. The article is by Michael Viney in his ‘Another Life’ weekly column and is available at this link: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/another-life-galway-s-hippy-ideas-are-just-what-the-environment-needs-1.2489710


News Report on ‘Galway Climate March’

Nuacht TG4 did a report on ‘Galway Carnival for the Climate’ (part of the Avaaz ‘People’s Climate March’) on Sunday 29th November 2015. People took to the streets across the world to push leaders at every level of government to commit to 100% clean energy ahead of the important global COP climate talks taking place in Paris. There are on-screen subtitles.

‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ on Irish TV

Transition Galway’s launch of ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ is featured in the latest ‘Galway Matters’ show on Irish TV.

This is the link to the original video (the report about the launch starts 7:02 from the end):
IRISH TV LINK: http://www.irishtv.ie/galway-matters-68

‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ resulted from a series of open, public visioning events to allow people share their ideas for a low-carbon, sustainable Galway City by the year 2030. ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ is available to download as a PDF here: VD-BookletA4Interactive

The entire content can be viewed on a dedicated website:  https://avisionforgalway2030.wordpress.com

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‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ Launch

The Mayor of Galway City, Cllr. Frank Fahy officially launched a new 100 page publication entitled ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ on Saturday 28th November at the Galway 2020 Hub, The Cornstore, Middle Street.

The finished booklet is divided into eight chapters based on eight topics: energy; food and water; infrastructure; community and education; arts and culture; economics; waste; and inner transition. A sucessful crowdfunding campaign raised money to pay for free copies of the publication to be given to schools and municipal libraries across the city. ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ is freely available to download as an interactive (hyperlinked) PDF here: VD-BookletA4Interactive. A dedicated website with the entire content of the document was also launched at the same event: https://avisionforgalway2030.wordpress.com
Copies of the ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ plan have been presented to the Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath as well as to Galway County Council Chief Executive, Kevin Kelly.
L to R - James Glynn, Mary Greene, Bernard McGlinchey, Mayor Frank Fahy, Frank Greene (Pres. Galway Chamber), Kieran Cunnane, Caoimhín Ó Maolallaigh

‘Galway Carnival for the Climate’

Transition Galway was one of the main organisers of ‘Galway Carnival for the Climate’ which was part of the Avaaz ‘People’s Climate March’ on Sunday 29th November. People took to the streets across the world to push leaders at every level of government to commit to 100% clean energy ahead of the important global climate talks are taking place in Paris. Participants in the Galway march gathered at Eyre Square and accompanied by drummers and singers, made their way down Shop Street and Quay Street to the plaza in front of the Galway City Museum at the Spanish Arch. Speeches were given at the end of the march by representatives of various local non-governmental organisations including Amnesty International Galway, Galway Alliance Against War, Terryland Forest Park, Galway One World Centre and Transition Galway. A community pot luck was organised afterwards in the Tulca Festival Gallery on Market Street.

Participants at end of Galway Climate March 2015 (Ireland)

More photos here: https://transitiongalway.wordpress.com/galway-carnival-for-the-climate/