‘Play Again’ Film screening – January 2013

play againA screening of the award-winning documentary ‘Play Again’ will take place in The Cottage Bar, Lower Salthill on Monday 28th January starting at 8pm. All welcome!

One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. Information now appears with a click. Overseas friends are part of our daily lives. And even grandma loves Wii.

But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet? At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, PLAY AGAIN explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. Is our connection to nature disappearing down the digital rabbit hole?

This moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. PLAY AGAIN unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.

Through the voices of children and leading experts including journalist Richard Louv, sociologist Juliet Schor, environmental writer Bill McKibben, educators Diane Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, neuroscientist Gary Small, parks advocate Charles Jordan, and geneticist David Suzuki, PLAY AGAIN investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.


* BEST EDUCATIONAL FILM, Ecofilm, Prague 2010
* JURY AWARD for Best Documentary, FICMA, Barcelona 2010
* BEST OF FEST, Colorado Environmental Film Festival 2010
* GOLDEN ACE AWARD, Las Vegas Film Festival, 2010
* YOUTH IN FOCUS, Princeton Environmental Film Festival 2011
* HONORABLE MENTION, Columbus International Film Festival, 2011
* AUDIENCE AWARD, Portland Women’s Festival 2011
* AUDIENCE AWARD, Santa Cruz Film Festival 2011
* TAINA AWARD, Film Ambiente, Brazil 2011
* MOST THOUGHT PROVOKING, Waimea Oceans Film Fest, 2012


‘Taking back your Power’ – Green Drinks Galway – January 2013

394952_4841580591558_107470556_nEmpowering Action Facilitator Claire Byrne is the guest speaker at the January 2013 Green Drinks Galway event which takes place at 8pm on Wednesday 23rd January in the Cottage Bar in Lower Salthill. Claire’s talk is entitled ‘Taking back your Power’. All are welcome!

The guest speaker gives their talk from 8pm 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 Galway is organised by Transition Galway.

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/318730181570802/

Are you fed up with the doom and gloom scenario?
Have we lost touch with what is really important?
Have you something to say about where we need to go?

‘So Now What!?’ takes a look at how we got here, and what we need to do to move forward with purpose and positivity.
Your community needs you!! Everyone has something to offer. Let’s get moving – come have your say!

This introductory talk will be given by Claire Byrne. Claire has a background in psychology and community development, and is a facilitator in Community Resilience courses. Here is a comment by one of the participants of the two-day ‘So Now What!?’ course: “I thoroughly enjoyed participating and feel that such a seminar truly encourages us to look outside the box. Only by doing so, will we muster the courage to face the challenges of the future while at the same time holding onto our core values” – Marie L.