Galway Seed Swap

SeedSwapThere will be a community seed swap this Saturday 21st February at ‘Galway’s Garden of Transition‘ at the rear of Scoil Chroí Íosa (Presentation Primary School), Newcastle Road, opposite the University Hospital.


This takes place between 12:00 noon and 3pm. Anyone who wants some interesting seeds or wants to get involved in the community garden please bring yourselves! And seeds if you have them!


Garden Planting – March update

030320131616Last Sunday we planted the early potatoes and with this, the spring season is getting into full swing. In the next few weeks we will be busy with planting onions, radishes, spinach and other vegetables. The garden is really beginning to take shape, most of the beds have been prepared and it is lovely to see yellow daffodils and red tulips in various corners of the garden.
If you feel like getting your hands into the soil, please come along, even if it is only for a short while. Any help is appreciated. We meet every Sunday from 12 to 4.

Galway’s Garden of Transition’ is back! Sunday 21st Oct – 2pm

After a few months without a patch of our own, Transition Galway have been offered some space for a new community garden on the grounds of Scoil Chroí Íosa primary school on the Newcastle Road (opposite the University Hospital – see location map attached). We are meeting at the school this Sunday 21st October to have a look at the plot and come up with a plan for the new garden. We will be meeting at the gates in front of the school on Newcastle Road at 2pm and at the garden to the rear if you arrive later. Any inquiries: Kieran Cunnane (086) 851 6484. All are welcome!

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!

Galway’s Garden of Transition Christmas Fundraiser

Sunday 18th December 2011, 8pm, Club Aras na Gael

My Fellow Sponges
Miriam Donohue
Mikey & The Scallywags
Led (DJ)
Will Softly (DJ)

About the bands:

Imagine four people of very diverse musical and non-musical interests, obsessed with words, and who write songs to make sense of their daily lives. add a splash of weirdness, some theatrical training and you’d have something like what My Fellow Sponges get up to on and off stage…

Miriam Donohue is a singer/songwriter, based in Galway city. Likened to some great female vocalists such as Beth Orthon and Suzanne Vega, she has crafted her own unique style of storytelling, celebrating the everyday beauty of life in her soft enchanting tones.

Mikey and the Scallywags are an original story telling band of musicians mixing an eclectic blend of Folk-Rock-Gypsy-Hip hop and Bluegrass. The band formed in the summer of 2010 and has been steadily gaining ground ever since. Based in Galway, Ireland the band is made up of 5 experienced musicians. They have recently recorded their 6 track debut EP, set for release very soon.

All proceeds to the new Community Garden at the Spirit Centre, Nun’s Island.

All are welcome!

Day Long Permaculture Workshop

Sunday 4th December, 10am – 5pm, The Spirit Centre & Gardens on Nuns Island.

This course is being given by Suzie Cahn who has a great deal of experience in Permaculture.

Course Description:
‘Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that is modeled on the relationships found in nature. It is based on the ecology of how things interrelate rather than on the strictly biological concerns that form the foundation of modern agriculture. Permaculture aims to create stable, productive systems that provide for human needs; it’s a system of design where each element supports and feeds other elements, ultimately aiming at systems that are virtually self-sustaining and into which humans fit as an integral part’

Areas that will be covered in the workshop:
Permaculture Ethics & Design Principals – derived from Nature
How to do an Element Analysis to find beneficial relationships in a garden
Permaculture and Organics a growing edge
Permaculture Design Process- including zones, sectors and slope.

Suzie Cahn has been growing vegetables all her life and first started teaching nature awareness and organic growing principals 16 years ago in schools as a volunteer while still working as an art therapist, artist and community arts facilitator. She and her family travelled around Europe as wwoofers for a year in 2004 learning new skills before finding their Co Wicklow small holding which they set up as Carraig Dúlra Permaculture and Organic Learning Centre. For the last 6 years Suzie has been a catalyst for a community garden network, GIY groups, and local transition initiatives. Along with her husband, she has helped develop OOOOBY (out of our own back yard), a community food hub. Suzie has taught Permaculture with Wicklow VEC Community Education and recently with Greenworks Dublin and Cloughjordan Hubs.

Logistics for the day:
We will start at 10 am sharp in the Spirit Centre, Nun’s Island. We aim to be finished by 5pm.We will share a lunch together around 1pm, and encourage everyone to bring some food and snacks to share such as salads, breads, desserts, biscuits, teas, all is good, but please keep it vegetarian as it is the general policy of the venue that have been kindly offered to us by the Spirit Centre people. Coralie will make a big Vegetable spicy indian stew with lots of Organic vegetables from Green Earth Organics farm to share with everyone, Mary will bring along some rice and couscous. If everyone brings something along we will have enough to share between everyone 🙂 There is water tap at the centre and a kettle to make tea, but please do bring tea bags and other drinks you might want for the day.And also, if everyone could bring their own bowl, cup and cutlery, that would be great so as to minimise the use of disposable stuff, this being a Permaculture workshop I’m sure you can only agree with the old ReUse idea.It’s probably also a good idea to bring warm clothes and wellies, but those will have to come off inside the Spirit Centre room!

Cost: 20 euro
Limited number of places
Please email to reserve a place indicating your name and phone number

In order to confirm your place please lodge 20 euro to following account by the 18th of November:
St. Anthony’s & Claddagh Credit Union Ltd.
8/9 Mainguard St., Galway
Account Name: Transition Galway
Account No.: 45178 / 24

Note: Please include your name as a reference so we can identify you

Looking forward 🙂