‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ Launch

The Mayor of Galway City, Cllr. Frank Fahy officially launched a new 100 page publication entitled ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ on Saturday 28th November at the Galway 2020 Hub, The Cornstore, Middle Street.

The finished booklet is divided into eight chapters based on eight topics: energy; food and water; infrastructure; community and education; arts and culture; economics; waste; and inner transition. A sucessful crowdfunding campaign raised money to pay for free copies of the publication to be given to schools and municipal libraries across the city. ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ is freely available to download as an interactive (hyperlinked) PDF here: VD-BookletA4Interactive. A dedicated website with the entire content of the document was also launched at the same event: https://avisionforgalway2030.wordpress.com
Copies of the ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ plan have been presented to the Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath as well as to Galway County Council Chief Executive, Kevin Kelly.
L to R - James Glynn, Mary Greene, Bernard McGlinchey, Mayor Frank Fahy, Frank Greene (Pres. Galway Chamber), Kieran Cunnane, Caoimhín Ó Maolallaigh

‘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

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) www.clanncredo.ie
– Tony Corrigan (TenderScout) www.tenderscout.com
– Charlotte May-Simera (Irish Research Council Scholar, NUIG)
– Michael Smyth (Ballybane Enterprise Centre) www.bbec.ie
– Sara Dennedy (Social Entrepreneurs Ireland) www.socialentrepreneurs.ie
– Alma Gallagher (Clár IRD) www.clarird.com
Contact: Margaret Leahy, Galway City Partnership Social Enterprise Development Officer margaret@gcp.ie
(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) www.terrencemcdonough.ie
– Kevin Flanagan (Collaborative Ways Forward) www.collaborativewaysforward.com
– Mark Boyle (Author; Founder of ‘An Teach Saor’ and ‘The Happy Pig’, Director www.streetbank.com) www.moneylessmanifesto.org
– Chair: Ann Lyons (Community Knowledge Initiative, NUIG) www.cki.nuigalway.ieOrganised by Transition Galway, Collaborative Ways and Third Space Galway for more details contact collaborativewaysforward@gmail.com.

(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) www.p2pfoundation.net
– Davie Philip (Cultivate; Cloughjordan Ecovillage) www.cultivate.ie www.thevillage.ie
– Jamie Gorman (Community Workers’ Co-operative) www.cwc.ie
– Martina Finn (Third Space) www.thirdspacegalway.ie
– Cormac Walsh (Energy Co-operatives Ireland) www.energyco-ops.ie

(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: http://collaborativewaysforward.com or email collaborativewaysforward@gmail.com

For the national programme of events, visit: http://www.cultivate.ie/convergence-16-archive/1253-convergence-2015

‘Collaborative Ways Forward’: a public meeting

A public meeting on Cooperatives, The Commons and Job creation is being co-hosted by the Economics Subgroup of Transition Galway in partnership with local Arts Collectives Third Space Galway and An Áit Eile and Galway 2020.

Venue: The Kitchen Café, Galway City Museum, Spanish Arch
Date: Wednesday 1st July, 7:30pm
All welcome!
FACEBOOK EVENT: www.facebook.com/events/1609444232655398


The groups are aiming to bring a diversity of Galway’s creative communities, cooperative oriented groups and local support organisations together, to make connections, present alternatives to the current system and identify new possibilities for collaboration and job creation through Co-operatives and the Commons.

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Transition Galway Economics Subgroup meeting: Thursday 21st May at 7:45pm in The Secret Garden

Who should come:

Anyone interested in sustainability focussed job creation and willing to help with planning a larger event for the wider public within the next few weeks.This larger event will be a relaunch of an initiative taken in summer 2012 where ideas were brought forward in a number of sector as follows:

  • Renewable energy (Wind, Electricity Storage and Smart Grid Technologies)
  • Biomass (heat) and Biofuel (transport) also linking in with tcbb.ie (Ireland’s national Technology Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy headed up by Ryan Institute in Galway).
  • Food production where Ireland has potential to replace billions in imports.
  • Biochar (wood charcoal with the benefits of both soil enhancement and continuous carbon capture).
  • In waste management a “Resource Recovery Park”. Such a Centre could be located in Carrowbrowne or Ballinasloe.
  • A Cultural Centre for Practical Sustainability.
  • An Energy Storage Park potentially located at Parkmore and grid connected to Ballybrit.
  • Food (looking at Spain as an example)

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