24th March 2021

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News. Below we have information on:

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News and Updates
  • Stakeholder Consultation on Ireland’s First Report to the UN Under Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - read here
  • Creative Youth Conference 2021 - read here
  • Climate Bill Ireland - read here
  • Local Development Companies Play a Key Role in Migrant Integration - read here
Funding and Surveys Events and Initiatives
  • 3-part webinar series with Dr. Eddie Murphy - read here
  • Positive Psychology and Happiness Webinar: 31st March - read here
  • Grow it Forward Campaign - read here
  • Cellissimo - Music For The Senses: March 25th - 31st 2021  - read here
  • Voices From the Community for TV Program - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • New COVID-19 Information Campaign for Students and Young Adults - read here
  • Mandatory Hotel Quarantine: Booking Portal Live - read here
  • Covid Word Messages from CYPSC and Foróige- read here
  • Survey: Impact of COVID-19 on Creative Industries in Rural Galway - read here
  • Galway City COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - read here
  • Keep Well Campaign - read here
  • Reminder: Support for the Older People - read here
  • Galway City Community Response Map - read here

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Stakeholder Consultation on Ireland’s First Report to the UN Under Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Ms. Anne Rabbitte TD, announced that stakeholder consultation sessions on Ireland’s Initial State report under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) will take place online on the 26th of March, 30th of March and 1st of April 2021.

The sessions, which are being run by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, are open to individuals and organisations. There will be a limited number of places available in each online session. Registration for the events will open on the 19th of March at 2pm and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pre-registration for these events is required. Pre-registration for the events will open on the 19th March at 2pm.

Click here to pre-register. 

Following pre-registration, on the day before the event, participants will be provided an access to join the online sessions.

In view of the limited space at the events, organisations planning to attend are asked to register a maximum of two people for each session.
Read more here.

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Creative Youth Conference 2021
Creativity – the Connection to our Future, Now

On March 16th, 2021 the Creative Ireland Programme today announced details of the Creative Youth Conference 2021 – Creativity: the connection to our future, now – which will be hosted online and will comprise three separate events in April and May discussing questions surrounding provision of opportunities for creative engagement by young people both within the school and their community.

As part of a wider deliberation on the Creative Youth Plan – which was published in December 2017 – the conference is an opportunity for stakeholders to reflect on progress to date and input their views concerning the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Registration for the event is now open at:

Further details are also available at
Read more here.

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Climate Bill Ireland
Path to Net-zero Emissions by 2050

On Tuesday, 23rd March the Government has approved the final text of legislation to set Ireland on the path to Net-Zero emissions no later than 2050, and to a 51% reduction in emissions by the end of this decade. The Bill will also provide the framework for Ireland to meet its international and EU climate commitments and to become a leader rather than a laggard in addressing climate change.

The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill, which is a key commitment in the Programme for Government, will now progress through the Houses of the Oireachtas as priority legislation.

  • Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021- Download here
  • Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021 FAQ - Download here
  • Read more here and here.

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Local Development Companies
Play a Key Role in Migrant Integration


On Tuesday, 23rd March Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development today launched a report: The Role of SICAP in Supporting New Communities.

The report explored the role that SICAP plays in addressing the barriers to social inclusion that are experienced by members of new communities in Ireland, as well as how the programme contributes to the integration of members of new communities in Ireland.

The report findings indicate that SICAP is strongly aligned with national and international integration frameworks and includes strong examples of good practice specifically contributing to five key factors of integration; employment, education, access to services, social connection and political participation.

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Funding and Surveys

€25m Live Performance Support Scheme 2021
Open Call

Further to the recently announced €50m suite of measures to support the live entertainment sector, Minister Martin has now opened the Live Performance Support Scheme 2021 for applications.

This new scheme which has been widely welcomed by the sector, builds on the very successful outcomes of the previous pilot scheme which recently provided thousands of days of employment to hundreds of musicians, actors, crew and technicians when no other opportunities were available.

The objective now is to support employment and wellbeing opportunities in the live performance sector across all genres, from new and emerging artists to the more established, and continued high quality artistic output for the general public.

Read more here.

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Local Government Management Agency (LGMA)

The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), and its partners, are exploring the value of establishing an online website to make local government information easily accessible to everyone.
To ensure the representation of a wide range of PPN interests, we are writing to you to request your participation in a short 10-minutes survey to gather your views on the value of a website. 

Please click the link below to go to the survey website (or copy and paste the link into your Internet browser) to be brought directly to the survey:

Please complete the survey by Wednesday 31st of March to ensure that your responses are included in the final report. 

Your responses will be confidential and no personally identifiable information will be collected or held for reporting purposes.

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Reimagine Placemaking Programme

The Reimagine Placemaking Programme will select four successful projects who will receive support from the Irish Architecture Foundation and its Reimagine Professional Panel to develop projects which will improve the built environment of their local community.
For further details visit:
The deadline for applications is May 16th.

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Events and Initiatives

3-part webinar series with Dr. Eddie Murphy 

Healthy Galway, Galway Sports Partnership and Healthy Galway County will host a three-part webinar series with Dr. Eddie Murphy. The webinars will be delivered via Zoom.

  • Wednesday 24th March at 7.30pm - Wellbeing in Strange Times
  • Wednesday 14th April at 7.30pm - Parents Supporting Teens
  • Wednesday 5th May at 7.30pm - Mental Fitness

The webinars are free, but spaces are limited. Those interested can register at the following link:
Please see the poster here for your information.

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Positive Psychology and Happiness Webinar
Wednesday, 31st March

As we continue to adapt our lifestyles to deal with COVID-19 and face difficult challenges, HSE Health and Wellbeing are taking the opportunity to share some tips on how to build happiness into your life using positive psychology.  Positive psychology focuses on the positive events and influences in life.

During the event, guest speaker Paula King, Psychologist will:

  • Discuss the importance of creating meaning in our lives and living a life of purpose
  • Look at the studies carried out on optimists and pessimists and creating hope in our todays and our tomorrows
  • Explore the concept of compassion in particular self-compassion
  • Look at creating a personal ‘Happiness Life Guide’

Minding Your Wellbeing
A new video-based mental wellbeing programme called Minding Your Wellbeing is now freely accessible HERE. This programme aims to provide simple tools and guidance to develop and maintain a positive outlook by looking after our mental health and wellbeing. Brought to you by HSE Health and Wellbeing, this evidence-based programme provides a unique opportunity for people to learn more about mindfulness, gratitude, self-care and resilience.

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Grow it Forward Campaign
Libraries join 'Grow it Yourself' Scheme in Health Eating Drive

Libraries across the country will be helping to get people to grow their own food at home as part of a new drive aimed at encouraging healthy eating. The Grow it Forward campaign by Grow It Yourself (GIY), in partnership with Healthy Ireland and Libraries Ireland, will involve 50,000 free food-growing kits being given away to participants. Organisers hope that up to half a million people will end up reaping the benefits of growing food at home.

To get your free pack simply register using the form here and it will be posted to your address. Alternatively, you can contact your local library, as all 330 branches are helping to drive the effort by sending out packs as well. 
If you get a pack from your local library don’t forget to sign up for your free growing plan HERE.

Each food-growing pack includes seeds for beetroot, carrots, salad leaves, peas, and tomatoes as well as guides on growing them and a postcard and gift tags to help share them. Those who sign up will also receive regular emails with growing support, video clips and ideas for how to "grow it forward" by passing on seeds, seedlings or produce in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

GIY Ireland founder Michael Kell said the pandemic has seen record numbers of people growing their own food.

Minister of State for Public Health and Wellbeing Frank Feighan said it is "vital" that people look after their wellbeing.

"Right now, there is a great need for positive, outdoor activities and creativity in how we stay connected to one another. Evidence suggests that being out in nature, spending time in green space or growing some plants at home can help lift our mood and have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing," he said.

On behalf of local authorities and libraries, Colette Byrne, Chief Executive of Kilkenny County Council, said people do not have to be a member of a library to participate in what could be "a lovely intergenerational project".

But, she said, it is a great opportunity to join a library, "because as well as GIY’s adults and children’s books available as e-books, you’ll have access to thousands of gardening and cookery books and magazines so you can continue to develop your new hobby."

For further details visit the GYI website here.

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March 25th - March 31st 2021

Music for Galway and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture bring major international cellists together for CELLISSIMO - Music for the Senses to celebrate breathtaking cello music and to deliver a sense of the West of Ireland to people's homes.
For further details please download the event flyer here or visit

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Voices From the Community for TV Program
O'Brien's Bridge

New Departures Media are currently working on a TV program about beautiful bridges in Ireland and will be featuring some of Galway's most interesting bridges, such as the Carricklegaun bridge, Quiet Man bridge and O'Brien's bridge.

New Departures Media are looking for interesting and quirky characters to participate in the TV program, in particular, local people who might just have an interesting story to tell regarding these bridges and the areas or have some connection to the bridges/areas.

New Departures Media are also looking for architect enthusiasts, railway enthusiasts, local historians, people who participate in various watersports, locals who like to fish, musicians, and writers who may have been inspired by the bridge in their work.

If anyone knows any interesting local people or big characters for the program, or if you even have any information/stories about the bridges please get in touch with Chloe O' Neill at

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COVID-19 Related Updates

New COVID-19 Information Campaign
for Students and Young Adults

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has launched a new COVID-19 information campaign for students and young adults.

The Campaign video has been made in partnership with HSE Public Health West, highlights the risks associated with gatherings and gives a real-life example of a recent outbreak that led to hundreds of COVID-19 infections.

Read more here.

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Mandatory Hotel Quarantine
Booking Portal Live

The booking portal for mandatory hotel quarantine is now live. The portal is available to access at
All passengers arriving into Ireland from designated States after 04.00 on the morning of Friday, 26 March are now required to pre-book accommodation in a designated quarantine facility, and to pre-pay for their stay.
Read more here.

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Covid Word Messages 4 and 5

Week five of the Children and Young People’s Services Committee - CYPSC/Foróige ‘The COVID word’ campaign concludes today on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Please find below two campaign assets links relating to Week 5: ‘You Can’t Control Everything’ and ‘Talk About Your Fears’.

Message 4: You Can’t Control Everything

Message 5: Talk About Your Fears

Your support in liking and circulating these messages is very much appreciated.
For more information on the Covid Word Campaign see:

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Impact of COVID-19 on Creative Industries in Rural Galway

We would like to share below a survey received from an NUIG student undertaking a research project with the aim of understanding the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats creative industries in rural Galway have identified in the past year.

Go To Survey Here
If you have relevant contacts in rural Galway, please feel free to share.

By completing this survey you will contribute to the understanding of how creative industries are developing in rural Galway and how COVID-19 has impacted them. 
If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact

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Important Reminders


The Galway City Community Call Helpline
New Flyer Graphics
The helpline is open to anyone who needs it, seven days a week.
If you need support or help to get access to shopping, food, medication or if you feel isolated or lonely and need someone to talk to, please get in touch at:
☎️ 1800 400 150

Keep Well Campaign
The Keep Well campaign provides guidelines, information, and tips on how we can add healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routines around five simple actions: keeping active, keeping in contact, switching off and getting creative, eating well and minding your mood
Support for Older People
We would like to share once again some of the main helplines for older people to access, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 alert.
  • Galway City COVID-19 Community Call Helpline: 1800 400 150
  • COPE Galway Helpline: 085  87 67 785
  • Alone Helpline: 0818 222 024
  • Senior Line: 1800 804 591
We highly encourage you to share these numbers with any older person you know.
Galway City Community Response Map

As part of the ongoing work of the Galway City Community Response Forum, Galway City Community Network and Galway City Council have developed a map of the COVID-19 related responses, activities and services available to people in Galway City.

The map is publicly available and can be used as a useful information resource both for individuals made vulnerable by COVID-19 and by organisations or agencies that need to know where they may refer their clients to for support.

The map is online at the following links:
Further details are available on the GCCN Website.


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