‘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

ReCupán Galway

save cups32ReCupán Galway is a campaign to promote reusable beverage cups as a way to reduce waste. Single-use disposable cups is a big environmental problem. The campaign encourages local cafes, shops, pubs etc. to offer a discount of at least 10 cents per drink if a customer uses a reusable cup for take away coffees and teas. The campaign is organised by Transition Galway in conjunction with JCI (Junior Chamber International) Galway and Galway European Green Leaf. A promotional photoshoot with broadcaster Duncan Stewart took place in Eyre Square on 11th March 2017 to launch the ReCupán Galway campaign. Photos credit: Andrew Downes Photography

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/recupangalway/

WEBSITE: https://www.recupangalway.wordpress.com

Transition Galway @ St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Transition Galway are taking part in this year’s Galway St. Patrick’s Day parade on Friday 17th March. This is your opportunity to be in the big parade with us. It doesn’t matter if you are not very active in the group, everyone is welcome to take part. We have done it a few times before and it’s really good fun!

This year’s theme is ‘environment’ as Galway is European Green Leaf city for 2017. We will be walking with other Community Garden groups so we need 2 people to hold our banner and everyone else can carry garden tools (spades, rakes, hoes etc. which we will provide unless you can bring your own).


Taking part is easy:
– We will be meeting at 11am just off Fr. Griffin Road (near Supervalu) before the parade starts to get ready.
– We are asking that people wear green coloured clothing (just a green t-shirt or top/sweater/jacket is fine).
– For those that want we will have people to help put facepaint on also.
– The parade itself winds its way through Galway city centre starting from Fr. Griffin Road at 11:30am and finshes after Eyre Square.

Please text (087) 125 4817 if you wish to take part. All welcome!

Green Drinks, 9th March 2017 – ‘Community-driven Stewardship: the Burrenbeo Story’

Áine Bird of the Burrenbeo Trust is the guest speaker for the March 2017 Green Drinks Galway event. The title of her talk will be: ‘Community-driven stewardship; the Burrenbeo Story’ and will take place at 8:30pm Thursday 9th March in The Cellar, Eglinton Street, Galway. Free entry. All welcome!

Áine is the Education and Communications Officer for the Burrenbeo Trust. She develops and coordinates the place-based education programmes including a heritage course in primary schools and a place learning course with transition years that the Trust delivers to over 150 young people a year. With a background in botany, she has a masters in Science Communication, is a heritage in schools specialist and is currently undertaking further postgraduate study in Education at NUI Galway with a focus on place-based education. Prior to Burrenbeo Áine was an education officer in Glenveagh National Park and previously worked with Eco-Unesco and TASC.

Green Drinks Galway is a free public talk about environmental issues where a guest speaker gives a short talk and then takes questions from the audience. Many people stay on for a drink or two afterwards. Tea, coffee, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available at the bar. Green Drinks are organised in over 670 cities around the world and it allows people with an interest in green issues get together to chat, share ideas and raise a cup/glass to a brighter future.

Convergence Festival Galway – Events Oct 27th & 28th


convergence-green-i-copyTHURSDAY OCT 27th
10.30-11.30pm Workshop with Ala Theatre Forum
ALa Theatre for Change will give a workshop where the participants will be exploring ideas and values around sustainable living.
By using techniques from Forum Theatre and Value Clarification the participants will discuss these issues in a creative way, using their bodies and image more than words

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ECOhub events – Tue 25th & Wed 26th Oct


4pm Forest Schools – with Kerry and Carol from Down to Earth
7.30pm – ATLANTIC. Documentary special

11-12pm workshop with Brenda Flannery; Beo & Be – Mindfulness and Nature Movements – Qi Gong
3pm -4pm Tai Chi with Niall O’ Floinn
6.30pm Croi Na Gaillimhe: Deep Ecology – The Spiritual Roots of our Ecological Crisis, An evening talk with Dara Molloy
9pm to 11pm ‘The Loft’ (upstairs from ‘Seven’ on Bridge Street, Galway City) Sustainability Stories

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Film and Q&A with director – ‘Atlantic’ by Risteárd Ó Domhnaill

Special Event in the ECOhub (Galway2020 hub) this evening at 7.30pm. We’re very lucky both to get both the film and have the film maker along for a discussion afterwards!


atlanticfilmposterDirected and Filmed by local film maker Risteárd Ó Domhnaill who will be in attendance for a Q&A Session.

Narrated by Emmy-award winning actor Brendan Gleeson, Atlantic follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities – in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland – bringing to the fore three very intimate stories from the global resource debate.
As the oil majors drive deeper into their fragile seas, and the world’s largest fishing companies push fish stocks to the brink, coastal communities and the resources they rely on are fast approaching a point of no return.

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Sustainability Stories – Wed 26th Oct at 9pm

A night of local activists, groups and NGOs telling their sustainability stories in The Loft, Bridge Street, Galway between 9pm-11pm on Wednesday 26th October.

sunstainabilitystories2016As part of Convergence Sustainable Living Festival 2016 Transition Galway is running what is called a PechaKucha which will be followed by an interview with writer and activist Mark Boyle.

PechaKucha is an exciting presentation format where guest speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and the speakers talk along to the images – this keeps presentations concise, fast-paced and fun.
The title for this PechaKucha is ‘Sustainability Stories’ and will feature a wide range of local environmental activists, NGOs and groups who are all working to make Galway a more resilient and sustainable place.

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ECOHub All week: 24th – 28th Oct @ Galway 2020 hub.


During this year’s Convergence Festival Galway’s ECOHub and pop up Sustainable Living Centre will host a wide variety of exhibitions, thematic talks, workshops and films on Sustainable Living, Environmental campaigns, EcoActions, information leaflets, publicity banners etc from Monday 24th until Friday 28th in the Galway 2020 Community Hub in the Cornstore.

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Launch of Post Carbon Galway – 20th Oct in the Portershed

image-1POST CARBON GALWAY – Accelerating the transition to a low-carbon, healthy and sustainable region.

Launch: Thursday, 20th October, from 7.30pm in the Portershed, Eyre Square, Galway

Galway has a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of world cities, in leading not only in the fields of arts and culture but in the green transition to a low carbon future.
Convergence 2016 opens with the launch of the new Post Carbon Galway initiative, a recently established cross-sectoral project set up to accelerate local pathways to a low carbon Galway, aiming to work collaboratively to promote climate action, sustainable living, environmental protection and sustainable development.

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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