March Green Drinks – ‘Speedie’: Galway Eco-Warrior

Brendan ‘Speedie’ Smith is the guest speaker at the March 2012 Green Drinks Galway. He will give an overview of his work as a community activist including on how to secure neighbourhood residents involvement into eco campaigns and about social inclusion.

This will take place at a venue to be confirmed (likely Kelly’s Bar, Bridge St.) on Thursday 1st March at 8pm. All are welcome!

Some of the campaigns that Brendan has been involved in include: Galway For a Safe Environment (stopping the construction of a incinerator in Galway); Student fees/third level access campaigns; digital inclusion; securing the development of urban forests & Terryland Forest Park; fighting against property speculators and urban sprawl; Absentee Landlords; Mens’ Shed movement/Cumann na bhFear; Ballinfoyle Mór Community Organic Garden; the preservation of local heritage (to name a few!).

About Green Drinks: once a month in 448 cities around the world people with an interest in green issues get together to chat, share ideas and raise a cup/glass to a brighter future. Green Drinks Galway is organised by Transition Galway.


Cancelled – Willow structures workshop at The Garden of Transition, Spirit Centre, Nun’s Island

Sunday the 4th March will see us building a living semi willow dome that will surround a willow raised bed in an artistic shape (surprise) for the herb garden.
Given its location by the riverside, this will be a central point of the garden and one of many tea/relaxation areas that all of us gardeners and permaculturists are so fond of 🙂
So come and join us between 1-5pm, Jen Hesnan and Coralie Mureau will be facilitating the day, and any additional willow canes donations will be much appreciated.
All are welcome to take part and share their skills on the day 🙂
Please pass on to anyone that might be interested!

February Film Screening: ‘2012 – Time for Change’

The next monthly film screening starts at 8pm at The Spirit Centre, Nun’s Island on Wednesday 8th February – All welcome!

‘2012: Time for Change’ is a feature-length documentary film based in part on the books of Daniel Pinchbeck and is directed by Emmy Award winning filmmaker João Amorim. The film shines the light of hope for a new world of ecological sustainability and mutual cooperation. See poster attached.

The film follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the bestselling “2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl,” on a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the archaic wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method. As conscious agents of evolution, we can redesign post-industrial society on ecological principles to make a world that works for all. Rather than breakdown and barbarism, 2012 heralds the birth of a regenerative planetary culture where collaboration replaces competition, where exploration of psyche and spirit becomes the new cutting edge, replacing the sterile materialism that has pushed our world to the brink.

There is a heavy emphasis on the fusion of ancient tribal wisdom and science. The film presents a radical positive alternative to apocalyptic doom and gloom, and features, among others, David Lynch, Sting, Ellen Page, Gilberto Gil, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and Paul Stamets.

“An optimistic antidote to apocalyptic prophecies” – BBC

“Excellent…the pic sports one for-the-books visual grace” – Variety

“Thought-provoking” – The Seattle Times

“Will change the thinking of the next generation” – Holman’s Move Review

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Deirdre Lee is the guest speaker at the next Green Drinks Galway at 8pm on Thursday 2nd February in Kelly’s Bar, Bridge Street. Deirdre, who is Camara Galway coordinator, will speak about the wonderful work Camara do – the title of her talk is: ‘Camara – Transforming Education through Technology’. Her talk will be followed by some questions from the floor. All are welcome!

The Camara NUI Galway Society is a local hub of the Irish charity Camara, an Irish volunteer organisation that refurbishes used computers for use in educational centres across Africa and Jamaica. The main aims of Camara NUI Galway are to establish the drop-off centre for computer donations, to provide information on Camara to the local community, and to fundraise for Camara.

Camara Education is an Irish volunteer organisation, dedicated to using technology to deliver education more effectively to disadvantaged communities across Africa, Jamaica and Ireland. Camara is a West African word that means “one who teaches with experience.” When Camara was established in 2005, we were driven by two core beliefs: 1) Education is the key for people to break the cycle of poverty they find themselves in; and 2) properly used, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can be harnessed to revolutionize the way world class education is delivered to disadvantaged communities. Since its foundation, Camara has shipped nearly 30,000 computers to 1,656 schools, with each PC enabling 21 students to achieve digital literacy over its life.

Camara Galway was set up as a NUI Galway Society in 2010 to give the local community a chance to learn more about Camara, as well as provide a drop-off hub for their computer donations. The Camara Galway hub is open on the first Wednesday of every month from 10am-6pm. More information at