By Brendan Smith, of Ballinfoile Eco-Heritage Community
Over 120 people visited the fair held on January 12 in the Menlo Park Hotel with stands from a number of local community groups including Ballinfoile Mór Cumann na bhFear (Men’s Shed), Ballinfoile Mór Communty Organic Garden, Terryland Forest Conservation Volunteers group, RAPID, Headford Road Area Women’s group, Comhrá Cairdeas as well as Transition Galway. Rosie Webb from Galway City Council displayed a series of thematic maps produced by architectural students at University of Limerick on proposals on the future development of the Terryland Forest Park.
Representatives from 091Labs, Coder Dojos, Castlegar Connect and Galway Beekeepers Association also attended.The whole event was a wonderful example of community in action showing how residents can support each other in providing resources, skills and ideas that collectively can improve the quality of life in an urban environment where respect and space is given to a locality’s social heritage and to its biodiversity.
All groups secured many new members with some organisations now planning to work together in a series of collaborative projects, particularly in the development of a network of pedestrian and cyclist heritage trails that will benefit both locals and tourists.Photo shows the Transition Galway stand at the event.