Convergence Festival Galway – Events Oct 27th & 28th


convergence-green-i-copyTHURSDAY OCT 27th
10.30-11.30pm Workshop with Ala Theatre Forum
ALa Theatre for Change will give a workshop where the participants will be exploring ideas and values around sustainable living.
By using techniques from Forum Theatre and Value Clarification the participants will discuss these issues in a creative way, using their bodies and image more than words

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ECOhub events – Tue 25th & Wed 26th Oct


4pm Forest Schools – with Kerry and Carol from Down to Earth
7.30pm – ATLANTIC. Documentary special

11-12pm workshop with Brenda Flannery; Beo & Be – Mindfulness and Nature Movements – Qi Gong
3pm -4pm Tai Chi with Niall O’ Floinn
6.30pm Croi Na Gaillimhe: Deep Ecology – The Spiritual Roots of our Ecological Crisis, An evening talk with Dara Molloy
9pm to 11pm ‘The Loft’ (upstairs from ‘Seven’ on Bridge Street, Galway City) Sustainability Stories

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ECOHub All week: 24th – 28th Oct @ Galway 2020 hub.


During this year’s Convergence Festival Galway’s ECOHub and pop up Sustainable Living Centre will host a wide variety of exhibitions, thematic talks, workshops and films on Sustainable Living, Environmental campaigns, EcoActions, information leaflets, publicity banners etc from Monday 24th until Friday 28th in the Galway 2020 Community Hub in the Cornstore.

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Launch of Post Carbon Galway – 20th Oct in the Portershed

image-1POST CARBON GALWAY – Accelerating the transition to a low-carbon, healthy and sustainable region.

Launch: Thursday, 20th October, from 7.30pm in the Portershed, Eyre Square, Galway

Galway has a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of world cities, in leading not only in the fields of arts and culture but in the green transition to a low carbon future.
Convergence 2016 opens with the launch of the new Post Carbon Galway initiative, a recently established cross-sectoral project set up to accelerate local pathways to a low carbon Galway, aiming to work collaboratively to promote climate action, sustainable living, environmental protection and sustainable development.

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‘Galway Carnival for the Climate’

Transition Galway was one of the main organisers of ‘Galway Carnival for the Climate’ which was part of the Avaaz ‘People’s Climate March’ on Sunday 29th November. People took to the streets across the world to push leaders at every level of government to commit to 100% clean energy ahead of the important global climate talks are taking place in Paris. Participants in the Galway march gathered at Eyre Square and accompanied by drummers and singers, made their way down Shop Street and Quay Street to the plaza in front of the Galway City Museum at the Spanish Arch. Speeches were given at the end of the march by representatives of various local non-governmental organisations including Amnesty International Galway, Galway Alliance Against War, Terryland Forest Park, Galway One World Centre and Transition Galway. A community pot luck was organised afterwards in the Tulca Festival Gallery on Market Street.

Participants at end of Galway Climate March 2015 (Ireland)

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Eco Fayre at Brigit’s Garden

MayEcoFayreJoin us at the Transition Galway stand at the Eco Fayre at Brigit’s Garden.   Information about this event can be found at It takes place on Sunday 3rd May, 12:30-5.30pm.

We need people to help at our information stand so any help would be great, even for a short while. It is easy and fun and there will be other people from Transition Galway to help answer questions. We will have leaflets and material for the public. All welcome!

Some of us will be carpooling to Roscahill (between Moycullen and Oughterard, 20 minutes drive from Galway City) so anyone who can offer a lift or who needs a lift from Galway City please get in touch with me BY TEXT (087) 125 4817.

All-Ireland Permaculture Gathering 2013

We are delighted to have this year’s Permaculture Gathering just outside Galway city and the countdown is on – only 3 weeks left!! We still have quite a bit to do on site so we wanted to throw out an appeal to see if we could get a group of volunteers together this Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th August.



About the Permaculture Gathering:

A gathering in the spirit of the Permaculture ethics of
Earth Care, People Care, Fairshare.

A weekend of practical workshops & demos, discussion & debate, expertise & ideas, along with all the magic that happens in the spaces inbetween; music, dance, food, fire, craic, connection & more….!

We have an alcohol free ethos, There is camping onsite, we use compost toilets & collect rainwater. We’ll have a communal kitchen & a cafe stocked with local food.


PermacultureGathering2013The Permaculture Gathering is a self organizing event, where we create the content of the weekend together by sharing our passions. Everyone is a volunteer and everyone who comes participates. Perhaps you have a workshop, talk or demo to offer, maybe you’d like to host a discussion, share your project, or your inspiring dream…

Last year participants described the gathering as a space for “meeting old & new friends, creating positive solutions, inspiration, learning about permaculture and sustainable living, strengthening the network in Ireland, finding out about projects, finding encouragement & support, celebration & joy!”

In the past two years that the gathering’s been running we’ve experienced everything from alternative economies, to earth building, african drumming to agroforestry, basketry to biodeisel, wormeries to rocket stoves, plant identification, urban permaculture, household hints, creating co ops, & so so much more!

Collectively we take reponsibility for the safe & efficient running of the weekend, so on arrival you can join a ‘working group’ and dedicate a little time to keeping things on track in the kitchen, welcome & info area, toilets, etc.

This year we have found a home at the lovely, creative & welcoming Parvani Hall, near Claregalway, where we hope to bring energy, skills & enthusiasm to a great project. Parvani is easily accessible by car & bus. Directions & more info about the site can be found on the website

If you’d like to be involved in this years gathering please do get in touch! Email . We will be delighted to hear from you. You can also request to be added to our mailing list by contacting the above address.

We are currently developing this years site through some run up events where we help out with some essential jobs onsite & also learn a thing or two through some micro worshops & skillshares. We need all hands on deck for this & all are welcome to these free mini gatherings.

Further information to be added soon so keep an eye on this page!

Early bird tickets of €30 can be purchased through paypal at
Tickets after 1st July are €40 for the weekend.
Day pass: €15


Disco Soup

“Waste Not, Want Not” the popular food waste revolution Disco Soup afoot in Ireland!

Join us Sunday 28th July 2013, 1-5pm, Spanish Arch (by the Galway City Museum), as part of Galway Fringe Festival/Galway Fringe to peel, chop, and eat delicious food made from wasted vegetables and fruits at the very first Disco Soup in Ireland!


Speakers on the hour and funky tunes by Mr Whippy Soundsystem.

This is a free community event, all are welcome!

DiscoSoupAn Mheitheal Rothar (Galway Community Bike Workshop), The Kitchen Galway and The NUIG Ecology Society have come together to organise the first Disco Soup in Ireland, a community-run event that aims to serve a free hot lunch to the participating public while raising awareness of the issue of unnecessary food waste in our society.

Volunteers and visitors alike will peel, chop, and eat a vegetarian meal made from misshaped or otherwise wasted vegetables and fruits, and will be entertained by the sounds of Mr Whippy Soundsystem between 1 and 5pm on Sunday 28th July In Spanish Arch, outside the Galway City Museum. There will also be a number of short talks and some information on reducing food waste.

The group is looking for volunteers on the day and also in the run up to the event on the 28th July, so please contact the event coordinators at An Mheitheal Rothar ( or at The Kitchen ( or for more information see Galway Volunteer Centre,, search “Disco Soup”.

Four Angry Women – A free public ‘state of the nation’ debate, 26th Nov 2012, 8pm

A free public ‘state of the nation’ debate will take place this Monday 26th November 2012 at 8pm in the Galway City Museum near the Spanish Arch. The title of the debate – ‘Four Angry Women’ – responds directly to an event taking place in Galway on Sunday 2nd December. The ‘Four Angry Men’ debate brings together four high-profile male speakers (Fintan O’Toole, Shane Ross, Nick Webb and David McWilliams) which holds a cover charge of €25. This debate on 26 November will offer a platform for a group of female speakers with expertise in various areas of social and economic development and environmental protection to share their views in relation to pressing social and economic issue, the upcoming budget, issues of (un)employment in Ireland, welfare cuts and social justice and the global and local consequences of environmental degradation. Speakers are Victoria White (Journalist and author), Cllr. Catherine Connolly (Independent-Galway City West), Mary Greene (NUI Galway and Transition Galway), and Kay Synott (School and Community gardening activist). The discussion will be chaired by former Councillor and Senator Niall Ó Brolcháin. The event is organised by the local branch of the Green Party/Comhaontas Glas and aims to offer a forum for people to debate alternative views of Ireland’s current economic, social and ecological difficulties and potential solutions. There is no cover charge and All are welcome.

Friday Film Screening | Koyaanisqatsi – Life Out of Balance

There will be a screening of a documentary film Koyaanisqatsi – Life Out of Balance (1982) hosted by Transition Galway starting at 7pm this Friday, 26th October. Entry is by donation, and will go towards the redesign of the new space. All are welcome!


An art-house circuit sensation, this feature-length documentary is visually arresting and possesses a clear, pro-environmental political agenda. Without a story, dialogue, or characters, Koyaanisqatsi (1983) (the film’s title is a Hopi word roughly translated into English as “life out of balance”) is composed of nature imagery, manipulated in slow motion, double exposure or time lapse, juxtaposed with footage of humans’ devastating environmental impact on the planet.

Time: 1 hr. 27 min.
Directed By: Godfrey Reggio
Written By: Michael Hoenig, Ron Fricke

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