Film and Q&A with director – ‘Atlantic’ by Risteárd Ó Domhnaill

Special Event in the ECOhub (Galway2020 hub) this evening at 7.30pm. We’re very lucky both to get both the film and have the film maker along for a discussion afterwards!

atlanticfilmposterDirected and Filmed by local film maker Risteárd Ó Domhnaill who will be in attendance for a Q&A Session.

Narrated by Emmy-award winning actor Brendan Gleeson, Atlantic follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities – in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland – bringing to the fore three very intimate stories from the global resource debate.
As the oil majors drive deeper into their fragile seas, and the world’s largest fishing companies push fish stocks to the brink, coastal communities and the resources they rely on are fast approaching a point of no return.

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Film screening, August 2016 – ‘Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective’

The award-winning film ‘Inhabit’ will be screened at ‘The Secret Garden’ café on William Street West at 7pm on Monday 22nd August. All welcome!


‘Inhabit’ explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called Permaculture. Permaculture is a design lens that uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. ‘Inhabit’ provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

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Film screening, April 2016 – “Do the Math”

Documentary film ‘Do the Math’ will be screened in the Secret Garden café on William Street West on Monday 18th April at 7pm. The film screening will be followed by a short talk and Q&A session given by one of the members of the NUIG Divestment campaign. All welcome!

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‘Do the Math’ chronicles “America’s leading environmentalist” Bill McKibben in a David-vs-Goliath battle to fight the fossil fuel industry and change the terrifying math of the climate crisis.

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Film Screening, October 2015 – Voices of Transition

‘Voices of Transition’ will be screened at ‘The Secret Garden’ on William Street West, Galway on Monday 19th October starting at 7pm sharp.


The film is an enthusiastic documentary on farmers- and community-led responses to food insecurity in a scenario of climate change and peak oil.

VoicesDifferent ‘voices from the Transition’ are covered in this inspiring documentary: from organic, decentralised, community-supporting agriculture in Cuba; to agroforestry (edible forests) projects in France; to the Transition Towns movement in the UK. The film tell us of a future society where our deserts will once again be living soil, where fields will be introduced into our cities, and where independence from oil will help us to live a richer, more fulfilling life.

BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM, The Colorado International Film Festival, 2014
WINNER FIRST TIME DIRECTOR, Oregon Film Awards, 2014
MAIN PRIZE: Ecological Success Stories Ekotopfilm-Festival, 2012
OFFICIAL FINALIST: Yosemite International Film Festival, 2013

– Bill McKibben, founder of “As this film shows, we can transition to a new world – there’s a way, provided we summon the will!”
– Prof. Niko Paech, author of Liberation from Excess: “I’m more excited about this film than any of the others looking at these topics. I’ve already seen it five times – more than Blade Runner and High Noon!”
– Vandana Shiva, winner of the Right Livelihood Award: “This precious film is about shaping the future here and now. With our tiny steps and collective solidarity, we will make sure the Tree of Life flourishes and grows!
– Rob Hopkins, co-initiator of the Transition movement: “Voices of Transition educates, opens minds to new possibilities and presents a new vision of how our food system could be. As a historic transition unfolds, this film is a very powerful tool.”

Film screening, August 2015 – More Than Honey

Award-winning film ‘More Than Honey’ will be shown at ‘The Secret Garden’ café on William Street West, Galway on Monday 24th August at 7pm. All welcome!


Markus Imhoof tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees (reminiscent of ‘Microcosmos’) in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis. This is a moving film that raises questions of species survival in cosmic as well as apiary terms. This film was the official submission of Switzerland to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category.

“Without any preachiness, this magically beautiful film urges us to take better care of the bees, and honour the irreplaceable things that they do for us” – New York Post

“Spectacularly beautiful”, “fascinating”- New York Times

– German Film Award Lola for Best Documentary Film 2013
– Swiss Film Award Quartz Best Documentary Film 2013
– Swiss Film Award Quartz Best Film Score 2013
– Austria ROMY Award for Best Director Documentary Film 2013
– Austria ROMY Award for Best Documentary Film 2013
– Austrian Film Award for Best Sound Design 2013
– Bavarian Film Award for Best Documentary Film 2013
– Zurich Film Award Best Documentary Film 2012
– Audience Award Solothurn Film Festival 2013
– Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Best Documentary Award 2013
– UK Green Film Festival, Audience Award
– Green Film Festival San Francisco, Best Feature Film Award

Film Screening, May 2015 – “The Human Scale”

HumanScaleAward winning film ‘The Human Scale’ will be shown at ‘The Secret Garden’ café, William Street West, at 7pm this Monday, 11th May. All are welcome!

50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Life in a city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

Film screening, Jan 2015 – Two films about hemp

There will be a screening of 2 short films about hemp at ‘The Secret Garden’ on William Street West on Monday 19th January at 7pm. All welcome!


Hempfilm[i.] ‘Bringing it Home’ (2013)
Hemp – it’s not just for hippies anymore. Today they’re making everything from salad dressings to buildings with it. Despite the inevitable jokes when hemp is mentioned, industrial hemp is actually a non-psychoactive plant, grown in 31 other countries, but prohibited in the United States. ‘Bringing It Home’ explores the question of why a crop with so many widespread benefits cannot be grown in America through animation, archival images and interviews with hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs in England, Spain, Washington, D.C., California and North Carolina. The documentary weaves a touching narrative extolling the many benefits of industrial hemp for the environment and human health, while illuminating the obstacles to what could be a thriving industry for U.S. farmers to tap into.


Hempfilm2[ii.] ‘When We Grow… this is what we can do’ (2011)
‘When we grow…’ is a documentary about cannabis in the UK. It looks at the history of the plant, the facts, its many uses and the laws and politics surrounding it.
Follow two young filmmakers on a shoe string budget, as they try to unravel what prohibition of cannabis really means, who it affects, who profits from it and why it was prohibited in the first place.
Featuring interviews with; a cannabis activist, a hydroponic grow shop owner, a cannabis dealer, a professor of neuropsychopharmacology, who just so happens to be a former government drugs policy advisor and a medical marijuana user who would rather die than live without it.

Film screening, September 2014 – ‘A Farm for the Future’

We are organising our first free film screening of the autumn next week. There will be a screening of the BBC documentary ‘A Farm for the Future’ at The Secret Garden, William Street West, starting at 7:30pm on Monday 22nd September. All welcome!




Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key.  With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon, to become the next generation to farm the land. But last year’s high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca. Realising that all food production in the UK is completely dependent on abundant cheap fossil fuel, particularly oil, she sets out to discover just how secure this oil supply is.


FarmFuture3Alarmed by the answers, she explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel. With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, Rebecca learns that it is actually nature that holds the key to farming in a low-energy future. Duration: 50 minutes





Film screening, June 2014 – ‘Welcome to our World’

We are organising a public screening of the Galway documentary film ’Welcome to our World’ in ‘The Cottage Bar’ on Lower Salthill this Tuesday 10th June at 8pm. The screening will be followed by a talk on the film by Margaretta D’Arcy, the director of the film. This event is being organised by Transition Galway and is part of their regular series of film screenings and ‘Green Drinks Galway’ talks.


“The historic city of Galway is reputed to be a fun loving city for visitors and residents alike. But there is a darker side, encountered daily by wheelchair users. Fast moving and funny with moments of anger frustration, pain and courage.
Welcome to the world of the wheelchair user.  Using a wide range of interviews and other footage to provide a real insight into what everyday life is like for local wheelchair users and the common difficulties that they face in terms of simply getting around Galway”.
The genesis of the idea was when the writer John Arden and the filmmaker Frank Stapleton found themselves seated together in the only two wheelchair spaces available at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Director: Margaretta D’Arcy
Producers: Laurie Allen & Finn Arden


“Fast moving, funny with moments of anger, frustration, pain and courage.”

“’Welcome to our World’ was made in Galway but it is a film about everywhere”.
Terence McGinity, Art Therapist UK

“This courageous, beautifully made film is an invaluable resource for every classroom. ”
Trish McHale, Teacher

“Having reached the age of sixty avoiding pot holes and cracks in paths, I never saw Galway city through the eyes of people in wheelchairs.”
Máire Holmes, Poet & Playwright

WelcomeToOurWorld2“For me the film brought home the very real barriers experienced by people with disabilities and how these barriers effectively exclude people from everyday activities and the things we all take for granted- access to the things we like to do, going where we want to go, having choices etc. We all have a role to play in challenging this and ensuring that our own services and supports are inclusive and that we consistently challenge structures that exclude and marginalise others”.
Anne Kenny, Manager Senior Support Services Cope Galway

“I cried particularly at the ending and when I turned around every one else was crying too.”
Aideen Lee, Director Brunswick Group (PR & Communications Company)


Film screening, May 2014 – Living Downstream

There will be a screening of the film ‘Living Downstream’ this Bank Holiday Monday, 5th May, at 7pm at the ‘Secret Garden’ café on William Street West. This film follows ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber during one year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. There will be a short discussion about the film after the screening. All welcome!

LivingDownstream“Handsomely photographed and powerfully argued. . . . Steingraber’s scientific cool and unflagging sense of mission make for an arresting portrait of a self-styled modern-day Rachel Carson.” – ‘The Washington Post’
“Powerful . . . haunting.” – ‘The Toronto Star’


Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., ‘Living Downstream’ is an eloquent and cinematic documentary film.

This poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives some worrying results and is thrust into a period of medical uncertainty. Thus, we begin two journeys with Sandra: her private struggles with cancer and her public quest to bring attention to the urgent human rights issue of cancer prevention.

LivingDownstreamSandraBut Sandra is not the only one who is on a journey—the chemicals against which she is fighting are also on the move. We follow these invisible toxins as they migrate to some of the most beautiful places in North America. We see how these chemicals enter our bodies and how, once inside, scientists believe they may be working to cause cancer.

Several experts in the fields of toxicology and cancer research make important cameo appearances in the film, highlighting their own findings on two pervasive chemicals: atrazine, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, and the industrial compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Their work further illuminates the significant connection between a healthy environment and human health.

At once Sandra’s personal journey and her scientific exploration, ‘Living Downstream’ is a powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land, and water.