GCCN Network News 2019 # 5
February 22nd 2019

Welcome to the this edition of GCCN Network News. Below we have information on:
  • GCCN Diary Dates
  • 1916 Bursary Fund for Disadvantaged Third Level Students
  • The re-issued Busking Bylaws
  • HearWHO app
  • The Mayor's Awards 2019
  • Have your Say - the role of Europe in supporting a more equal society - free workshop
  • Galway Arts Centre Upcoming Exhibition: 'KPAPLAK DONKER'  Morley Hill / Nik Taylor
  • Grants available for older people from the Community Foundation for Ireland
  • A workshop on the Good Friday Agreement and its implications for Brexit
  • Become an SDG Advocate

Diary Dates
Plenary Meetings
  1. March 27th 2019 in the Harbour Hotel at 6.30pm - registration from 6pm
  2. June 26th 2019 in the Menlo Park Hotel at 6.30pm - registration from 6pm
  3. September 25th 2019 in the Menlo Park Hotel at 6.30pm - registration from 6pm
  4. December 4th 2019 in the Menlo Park Hotel at 6.30pm - registration from 6pm

SPC Meetings

Meetings of the Transportation SPC, the Environment, Recreational and Amenity SPC and the Economic Development, Enterprise Support and Culture SPC are due to take place next week. The documentation for the meetings are available by following the links below.

If you have any comment about any of the SPC agenda items please email

A meeting of the GCCN Environment Linkage Group will take place on Monday February 25th at 6pm in the GCCN Office, Westside Resource Centre.

Transport SPC Documents
Environment SPC Documents
Economic Development, Enterprise Support & Culture SPC Documents

1916 Bursary Fund

Announced by the then Minister for Education and Skills in December 2017, the aim of the 1916 Bursary Fund is to encourage participation and success by students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education.

The  Fund will supports students from target groups who are currently under-represented in higher education over the course of three years of study. It provides them with a bursary of €5,000 per academic year to support them in their studies. A significant proportion of these students will be lone parents and those studying both part-time and full-time are eligible to apply. An individual can be in receipt of both a 1916 bursary and a SUSI grant, if they are eligible. For more information or to make an application please follow the link below.
More Information
Busking Bylaws
Despite overwhelming support to allow Buskers in Galway to self-regulate, Busking Bylaws were adopted by Galway City Council in May 2018. Because of a technicality, they have been sent back fro public consultation.

A copy of the proposed Bye-Laws are available for inspection at the offices of the Galway City Council, Customer Services Desk, City Hall, College Road, Galway, between the hours of 9.00 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Thursday 31" January to Friday 1" March, 2019. They are available to download below.
Written submissions in relation to the Draft Galway City Council (Street Performance & Busking) Bye-Laws 2019 should be made to the Environment & Climate Change Section, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway not later than 4 p.m. on Friday 6" March, 2019 or by visiting

All submissions shall be considered by the Galway City Council prior to making the Bye-Laws.
Download the draft Bylaws here
On World Hearing Day 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) will draw attention to the importance of early identification and intervention for hearing loss. Many people live with unidentified hearing loss, often failing to realize that they are missing out on certain sounds and words. Checking one’s hearing would be the first step towards addressing the issue.

On 3 March 2019, the WHO will launch a free app that allows people to check their hearing. The HearWHO app can be used to:
  • Raise awareness about the importance of hearing
  • Encourage people to check their hearing regularly and practice safe listening
  • Allow health workers to check the hearing status of people in their communities
Information on HearWHO app
Mayor's Awards 2019
It is that time of year again - please see below for information on the Mayor's Awards 2019


There is a saying, I always wondered why someone didn't do something about that, then I realised I am somebody. These awards give us an opportunity to recognise all those who volunteer and step up in our community. Galway City is the winner as we are lucky to have such a strong cohort of volunteers within the City – so said The Mayor of Galway City this week. Cllr. Niall McNeilis launched the 16th annual Mayor’s Awards on Sunday 27th January 2019 and called on people in Galway to nominate unpaid volunteers for their work in the community in the city. He also highlighted the outstanding work volunteers throughout the city do and said that this is an opportunity to highlight this work and that volunteers is what the Mayors Awards is all about. The Mayor’s Awards will again acknowledge outstanding people and organisations that, through their commitment to participating in unpaid community and voluntary activities, have had a significant impact on the quality of life of their communities in Galway City.
Nominations are invited from people in Galway City for individuals or organisations for the Mayor’s Awards. There are 9 individual Mayor’s Awards:
  • Arts, Culture, Heritage & Cúrsaí Gaeilge Award
  • Residents & Local Areas Award
  • Community Service & Social Inclusion Award
  • Older Person Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Sports Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Children and Youth Support Award
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Environmental Sustainability Award
  • The Galway City Council Volunteer of the Year Award
Each of the Award winners will receive a specially commissioned trophy and a payment of €500.  All nominees will be presented with an individually designed Mayoral Certificate at the Awards ceremony which will be held on Tuesday 16th April 2019 in the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 8th March 2019 and nomination forms are available from City Hall, the City Libraries and to download from
More details on the Mayor’s Awards are available from or from Ruth Flynn at 091 536809, email to
European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland in association with the European Commission Representation in Ireland invite you to a Citizen’s Dialogue workshop
Have your say!
“What is the role of the EU in supporting a more equal society?”

Almost 113 million people, or over 22% of the EU population, are at risk poverty and social exclusion. In Ireland approximately 750,000 people are at-risk of poverty. In a year when the European Parliament elections take place in a Europe which faces many challenges, including Brexit, migration, climate change and delivering social rights, these citizen’s dialogue workshops will ask how can we strengthen social solidarity and ensure that no-one is left behind.  These workshops are open to everyone and will provide a good opportunity for discussion on the issues.
The workshops are free and all are welcome.
Event details
19th March Cork Imperial Hotel, South Mall, Cork City Registration at 9:30am
Workshop 10am-1pm
26th March Galway Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, Galway City Registration at 9:30am
Workshop 10am-1pm
28th March Dublin F2 Centre, 3 Reuben Plaza, Rialto, Dublin 8 Registration at 9:30am
Workshop 10am-1pm
A light lunch will be provided at the end
  • Hugh Frazer, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University.  Hugh is the former coordinator of the European Social Policy Network which advises the European Commission on social policy and former Director of the Combat Poverty Agency.
  • Paul Ginnell, Director of European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland
  • Panel members: Representatives from the European Commission and from community and voluntary organisations 
Registration: If you would like to attend any of the workshops you can register here.
Galway Arts Centre Upcoming Exhibition
Galway Arts Centre is pleased to invite you to the launch of our new exhibition 'KPAPLAK DONKER'  Morley Hill / Nik Taylor
at 6PM on Friday 22 February 2019 from 6pm.
The exhibition runs from 18 February to 22 March 2019.

Community Foundation for Ireland

The Community Foundation for Ireland has announced the Older Persons’ Fund. This is a long-term philanthropic fund which promotes the civic engagement of older people, as a means of working towards making a difference in their communities.

The Fund builds on the CFI long-standing engagement and commitment to supporting older people in their communities, having already invested over €1m in this area to date.

In 2019, there are two categories that grants are available for:

  • Inclusion of older people in active citizenship roles – Grants of up to €7,500 will be available to organisations working towards inclusion of older people in active citizenship roles
  • Supporting older peoples’ voices at local & national level – Grants of up to €7,500 will available to organisations working towards supporting older peoples’ engagement in advocacy. 
Further Information
Bringing the Agreement Home: In all its parts
Workshop on Monday 4 March 2019, 11.00am – 1.00pm in the Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, 

Led by the Centre for Cross Border Studies the “Bringing the Agreement Home” project offers an accessible review of the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and subsequent related agreements, informing and engaging community organisations in Northern Ireland and Ireland on the provisions of the agreements and the institutions and bodies they created through a series of workshops and an “All-Island Conversation”

The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement has become a core issue in the negotiations over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, with all the main negotiating parties expressing their desire to avoid undermining it as a result of Brexit. This workshop will help to build an understanding of the importance of the agreement.

More Information
Register Here

SDG advocate programme
Development Perspectives are currently recruiting for their SDG advocate programme, the SDG Advocate programme offers 26 active citizens an opportunity to represent their community, by becoming one of Ireland’s positive changemakers. The 8month training course will allow the advocates to deepen their understanding of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, represent the project internationally and lead transformative change in Ireland. We are looking for community activists, change makers and global thinkers to apply for the chance to take part by February 19th. The chosen participants will travel to Vietnam or Tanzania for 2 weeks during summer 2019. The work/study visit affords an invaluable chance to experience first-hand perspectives and challenges that people face in a different global context.
This part-time educational programme and life-changing opportunity is one element of a larger project called the #SDGchallenge which was awarded the Dóchas 2017 SDG Champion Award, an award designed to recognise an organisation that has done outstanding work around the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals and was a finalist in the 2018 UN SDG Action Awards, designed to recognise outstanding achievements and innovative efforts to promote action on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Bobby McCormack, Co-founder and Director of Development Perspectives, says: “The SDG Advocate programme 2019 offers an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience to the right candidates. The ultimate message is that irrespective of where you live, you can affect global change, through local actions. By bringing people together from very different living contexts, it provides an opportunity to understand each other’s perspective and strive for a more balanced and just world. Local and global communities need active citizens who are willing to contribute to a fairer, more just and sustainable world and taking part in the SDG Advocate programme is one way of playing your part.”
Do you have what it takes to be one of this year’s Sustainable Development Goal Advocates or can you help us spread the word?

“Be a global citizen. Act with passion and compassion. Help us make this world safer and more sustainable today and for the generations that will follow us. That is our moral responsibility.”
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