Convergence comes to Galway

Transition Galway wish to invite you to any four of the events we are co-hosting in Galway as part of this year’s Convergence Festival. The theme this year is co-operatives.

(i.) ‘Beyond Grants’ – Funding your Social Enterprise
Institute for Lifecourse & Society, NUIG (near Corrib Village entrance, Newcastle Road)
Tuesday October 20th,
9.30am – 1.00pm.
Many social enterprises depend on government grants for their core or indeed entire funding. This free workshop will explore the role of tendering for organisations and companies of all sizes.  The participants include:
– Tracey Hannon (Clann Credo)
– Tony Corrigan (TenderScout)
– Charlotte May-Simera (Irish Research Council Scholar, NUIG)
– Michael Smyth (Ballybane Enterprise Centre)
– Sara Dennedy (Social Entrepreneurs Ireland)
– Alma Gallagher (Clár IRD)
Contact: Margaret Leahy, Galway City Partnership Social Enterprise Development Officer
(ii.) ‘Transformative Power’ – Community Energy and Cooperative Successes
Kitchen Café, Galway City Museum, Spanish Arch
Tuesday October 20th
7.30pm – 9.30pm

Empowering community conversations inspired by co-operative stories from:
– Dara Molloy (Aran Islands Energy Co-Op)
– Eimhin David Callahan (Birr 2020 and founder of the Birr Community Growery)
– Eithne Verling (Director City Museum and Coordinator of Galway’s Cultural Strategy 2025)
– Prof. Terrence McDonough (NUIG School of Business & Economics; Galway City Community Network; founder of MA Advocacy and Activism, NUIG)
– Kevin Flanagan (Collaborative Ways Forward)
– Mark Boyle (Author; Founder of ‘An Teach Saor’ and ‘The Happy Pig’, Director
– Chair: Ann Lyons (Community Knowledge Initiative, NUIG) www.cki.nuigalway.ieOrganised by Transition Galway, Collaborative Ways and Third Space Galway for more details contact

(iii.) ‘Emerging Futures’ – A Cultural Vision for Galway

Galway 2020 Community Hub, Unit 15 The Cornstore, Middle Street, Galway
Friday October 30th
11.00am- 5.00pm

Conversations, films, art, food and drinks with a focus on collaboration, culture and civil society networks. Participants include:
– Kevin Flanagan (P2P Foundation)
– Davie Philip (Cultivate; Cloughjordan Ecovillage)
– Jamie Gorman (Community Workers’ Co-operative)
– Martina Finn (Third Space)
– Cormac Walsh (Energy Co-operatives Ireland)

(iv.) ‘A Co-operative Salon’ – A Community Harvest Dinner and Social

Galway 2020 Community Hub, Unit 15 The Cornstore, Middle Street, Galway
Friday October 30th
6.00pm – 9.00pm

A harvest dinner showcasing Galway’s culinary produce from local farms and community gardens and cooked by some of Galway’s finest chefs. This event will be a convivial opportunity to network and celebrate Galway’s local food, co-operative and community culture. Suggested donation to be announced to cover costs.

For details of all Galway events visit: or email

For the national programme of events, visit:


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