ReCupán Galway

save cups32ReCupán Galway is a campaign to promote reusable beverage cups as a way to reduce waste. Single-use disposable cups is a big environmental problem. The campaign encourages local cafes, shops, pubs etc. to offer a discount of at least 10 cents per drink if a customer uses a reusable cup for take away coffees and teas. The campaign is organised by Transition Galway in conjunction with JCI (Junior Chamber International) Galway and Galway European Green Leaf. A promotional photoshoot with broadcaster Duncan Stewart took place in Eyre Square on 11th March 2017 to launch the ReCupán Galway campaign. Photos credit: Andrew Downes Photography



Rob Hopkins interviews Transition Galway

Rob Hopkins IIRob Hopkins is one of the founders of the Transition movement. He has a very comprehensive online podcast series about various issues related to the Transition movement. In March 2016 Rob interviewed 3 members of Transition Galway about our recently released ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’.

You can listen to the interview here:

Below is a transcipt of the interview with the 3 members: Bernard McGlinchy (BM), Mary Greene (MG) and Caoimhín Ó Maolallaigh (COM).

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Transition Galway in ‘The Irish Times’

Irish Times Masthead IThere was a very favourable article in the weekend edition of ‘The Irish Times’ of Saturday 9th January 2016 about our ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ project. The article is by Michael Viney in his ‘Another Life’ weekly column and is available at this link:


‘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:
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

Next ‘Sing for Climate Action’

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Singing at the bottom of High Street

On Friday 27th November, we will have the next ‘Sing for Climate Action’ where we’ll sing environmentally-themed songs in the centre of Galway to heighten awareness of climate change/chaos and the UN COP 21 talks in Paris in December (we have information for passersby).

We’ll assemble at Blake’s Castle (bottom of Quay Street) at 5.30pm and then find a space on Quay Street or Shop Street and sing there.


If anyone needs the lyric sheets and audio files to learn the songs, contact Clare ( Many of the songs are also on Soundcloud (

We have 15 songs in our repertoire, some are originals, others are adaptations of familiar tunes, most are quite easy to learn!

Dress code: anything green and blue preferably 🙂

Film Screening: ‘This Changes Everything’

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Poster for the event

The Irish Centre for Human Rights, in conjunction with several NUIG societies (Ecological Society; Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Society; Amnesty International Society) and Transition Galway have come together to host a free public screening of the newly-released documentary film based on Naomi Klein’s latest book ‘This Changes Everything’. Klein is the international best-selling author of ‘No Logo’ and ‘The Shock Doctrine’. The screening will take place at 7pm on Thursday 26th November in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre in the Arts and Science Concourse in NUIG. All are welcome!



What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, ‘This Changes Everything’ is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. The film presents seven portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Naomi Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

“An unsettling but ultimately encouraging documentary about global warming and grassroots activism” – Variety

“Klein and those impassioned protesters provide something that has been in short supply in the predecessors – namely, a modicum of hope for the future” – L.A. Times  

Carnival for the Climate Drum Rehearsal

Drumming IThere will be a drum rehearsal for the ‘Galway Carnival for the Climate’ on Monday 23rd November between 6pm and 8pm in the Acoustic Room, Áras na Mac Léinn (Students’ Union building) in NUIG organised by EcoSoc. (NUIG Ecological Society). All welcome!

If anyone would like to join they can contact Tara by e-mail ( or text at (085) 179 1878 before 6pm on Monday.

We will be supplying drums but if people want to bring their own they are very welcome to also!

Transition Galway are helping organise the ‘Galway Carnival for the Climate’ as part of the Avaaz ‘People’s Climate March’ on Sunday 29th November 2015:

Shop Street Stall

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Our information stall on Shop Street

Transition Galway will have a stall/table with flyers etc. on Shop Street 11am – 3pm on Saturday 21st November to publicise the our launch of ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ as well as the Global Climate March on November 29th. We will also have leaflets showing people how to reduce their carbon footprint. We will be getting together outside Lynch’s Castle on Shop Street at 11am before setting up the stall somewhere along the street. We’ll be staying on the street chatting to interested people until 3pm.


We’d love some help, even for just a short time to give people a break – just look out for us on Shop Street. There will others there to show people the ropes to anyone who wants to help at the stall. It’s good fun meeting the public so come along if you’d like to help out!

Launch of ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’

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Cover of the publication

The Mayor of Galway, Cllr. Frank Fahy will officially launch ‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ at 3pm on Saturday 28th November at the Galway 2020 Hub, The Cornstore, Middle Street, Galway. All are welcome!

‘A Vision for Galway 2030’ consists of:
– 100 page full colour publication
– 8 short films summarising the solutions within the document
– dedicated website with the full content of the document


Please support our Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to pay for copies of the plan for local schools and libraries (any donations from €1 up are welcome!):

In 2013 and 2014, Transition Galway organised to a series of open, public visioning events to allow people share their ideas for a low-carbon, sustainable Galway City by the year 2030. Members of Transition Galway then compiled all of the ideas, big and small, received from the public at these sessions into one final document. The 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. We have also produced eight short films, one for each chapter, outlining the solutions in each chapter. We hope that this project will in some way go towards creating a better, more resilient Galway by 2030.

Original Promotional Video: