6th October 2021

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

GCCN Network News
Have your say!

National Updates
  • National Development Plan 2021-2030 - read here
  • National Fire Safety Week - read here
  • Report of the Social Inclusion Forum 2021 - read here
  • Cybercrime Awareness Campaign - read here
  • €35 Billion Investment Package for Transport System - read here

Events and Initiatives


Programmes, Resources and Support  

COVID-19 Related Updates
  • Public health measures that will come into place in October - read here
  • COVID-19 National Protocol for Employers and Workers - read here

  • COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - here
  • Keep Well Campaign - here
  • Support for the Older People - here
  • Community Response Map - here
The next deadline for submitting events and information you wish to share with the GCCN Newsletter is
Tuesday 19th October.

GCCN Network News

GCCN Report
July - September 2021

GCCN aims to keep all members updated on the ongoing GCCN work and activities through the means of a report shared with the newsletter. Please read here the GCCN Report covering July, August and September 2021.

Upcoming SPC and JPC Meetings

Upcoming SPC Meetings

The following local structures will be holding meetings as follows:
Meeting Date Details
Planning SPC Friday
8th October
See details here
                        Joint Policing Committee Meeting                                  Monday
18th October
See details here

If you wish to highlight any issues or make comments relevant to any of the structures above please contact and your suggestions will be communicated to the GCCN representatives.

GCCN is represented on each structure above by the elected GCCN representatives - see here.
Have your say!

Galway 2050
What do you want a Galway of the future to look like? 

Join Galway Chamber on Monday, 11th October at 3.30pm in The Hardiman Hotel to launch Galway 2050. 
To register please contact by Friday, 8th October.
Galway Chamber has been working on a draft vision, featuring the plans known to be in the pipeline.
Interested people are invited to provide feedback and input into what’s there and what is missing.
The launch will be opened by Minister Hildegarde Naughton. 

Millar's Lane Upgrade
Public Consultation live until 22nd October 2021

The public consultation on the proposed Millar’s Lane Upgrade went live on Tuesday, 5th October 2021.
 The objectives of the Millar’s Lane Upgrade are to:

  • Support permeability, by providing off-road walking and cycling routes for residents, and for children travelling to school;
  • Enhance connections between Rahoon Road, Manor Drive and the surrounding areas;
  • Create diverse and functional open spaces – with a balance of ‘passive’ and ‘active’ uses e.g. seating, walking, cycling and play.
An update on progress of Millar’s Lane upgrade is provided through a brochure and drawings available for download at

Feedback, questions, and support are invited in writing, by email, or through the online feedback form that will be made available soon here.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 22nd October 2021.

All submissions will be considered and incorporated into the proposed design, where feasible within the design constraints, and beneficial for the scheme.

Public Notice – Eglinton Canal
Closing date for submissions - Friday 29th October 2021

Galway City Council gives notice of its intention to provide traffic calming measures on the L-51012 Canal Road Upper and L-51011 Canal Road Lower (Eglinton Canal), Galway.

Further details of the proposed development are available at or at

Drawings of the proposed upgrade are available for public inspection from 1st October 2021 to 29th of October 2021 (each day excluding weekends and public holidays from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.) at Galway City Council, College Road, Galway. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Council’s offices are accessible by prior appointment only.
Please contact Customer Services on 091 536 400 or

Observations and submissions in respect of the proposed upgrade should be made through an online form (see or in writing and addressed to Mr. Uinsinn Finn, A/Director of Services, Transportation & Planning, Yeats College Annex, College Road, Galway or emailed to before 4.00 p.m. on the 29th of October 2021.

Public Notice - Doughiska Road (South)
Closing date for submissions - Friday 29th October 2021

Galway City Council gives notice of its intention to provide traffic calming measures on the (L-5036) Doughiska Road (South), Galway.

Further details of the proposed development are available at or at

Drawings of the proposed upgrade are available for public inspection from 1st October 2021 to 29th of October 2021 (each day excluding weekends and public holidays from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.) at Galway City Council, College Road, Galway. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Council’s offices are accessible by prior appointment only.
Please contact Customer Services on 091 536 400 or

Observations and submissions in respect of the proposed upgrade should be made through an online form (see or in writing and addressed to Mr. Uinsinn Finn, A/Director of Services, Transportation & Planning, Yeats College Annex, College Road, Galway or emailed to before 4.00 p.m. on the 29th of October 2021.

Coffee Cup Campaign 2021
Galway Survey

Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a huge increase in the number of single-use coffee cups in the country, often as litter around bins but also in various areas around our towns and cities.

Galway City Council is launching a major new campaign to highlight the environmental impact of disposable, single-use coffee cups in Galway City.

As part of this campaign, Galway City Council wants to find out the coffee drinking habits of Galwegians, so please take a few minutes to answer at the link: 

Community Group Insurance Cost Case Studies
Call from Leo Varadker and Alliance for Insurance Reform

At a webinar hosted recently by FG Senator Maria Byrne, the Tánaiste and Chair of the Cabinet Sub Group on Insurance Reform Leo Varadkar said that he needs as many case studies as possible of organisations and community groups who are unable to meet new insurance costs, to use in his dealings with insurers. 

A PPN research was led earlier this year. The Alliance for Insurance Reform reviewed the data in and it looks like there would be a lot of groups facing this challenge, but because the research was anonymous groups cannot be followed up with directly. So the ask is that they come forward again to provide additional details.

The more case studies community groups can provide, the stronger the position will be.

GCCN members are asked if they would be prepared to share their details privately with the Tanaiste and his Sub-Group?

In terms of privacy, be mindful that they may well eventually share those details with any relevant insurers, but details of these case studies will not be shared with the media unless any group wishes to do so.

If any group has a story they are happy to share you can contact the Alliance For Insurance Reform at

National Updates

National Development Plan 2021-2030

The new National Development Plan 2021 - 2030 was launched recently by Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD, The Minister for the Environment, Climate Communications and Transport, Eamon Ryan TD and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath.
The publication outlines the largest National Development Plan ever delivered in the history of the State - €165 billion - with a particular focus on priority solutions to strengthen housing, climate ambitions, transport, healthcare, jobs growth in every region and economic renewal for the decade ahead.

This plan will prepare us for population growth of approximately 1 million people between 2016 and 2040, and help us to deal with the ongoing challenges of Covid-19 and Brexit.

Read more here.

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National Fire Safety Week 

National Fire Safety Week, 4th - 11th October, jointly run with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, is about enhancing fire safety, particularly in the home.

Fire and Rescue Galway have recently completed an Online Home Fire Safety Checklist in both Irish and English. These can be accessed from the following links:

This year’s National Fire Safety Week theme is:

“Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives – Test Yours Weekly” or “Sábhálann aláraim deataigh atá ag obair i gceart saolta – déan tástáil orthu go rialta”.

As the country responded to Covid-19 we spent more time at home.  It was more important than ever that we were all aware of the steps we can take to protect ourselves and our homes from fire. Now, as society begins to open back up, and we return to work and education, it is important we don’t get complacent.

The campaign focuses on fire safety in the home, encouraging all homes to have smoke alarms and to test them weekly. We hope to help the public build and maintain good Fire Safe habits as routines return to some sort of normality.
Read more here.

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Report of the Social Inclusion Forum 2021

Joe O’Brien, Minister of State at the Departments of Social Protection and Rural and Community Development with special responsibility for Community Development and Charities, published the Report of the Social Inclusion Forum 2021.

The annual Social Inclusion Forum is a national event, at which people affected by poverty and social exclusion, as well as the community organisations representing them, come together with officials from relevant Government Departments, the Minister for Social Protection and the Minister of State with responsibility for social inclusion. The Forum was organised by the Department of Social Protection in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development, the European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland (EAPN) and Community Work Ireland (CWI).

Read more here.

The Social Inclusion Forum Report and other resources are available at

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Cybercrime Awareness Campaign
European Cybersecurity Month

The Minister for Justice, Heather Humphreys TD, and Assistant Garda Commissioner John O’Driscoll have announced that An Garda Síochána will organise events nationwide from October to inform the public of the dangers of cybercrime.

The events will be run nationwide by the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau in conjunction with Community Gardaí and Crime Prevention Officers and will initially focus on our older and business communities.

The move is one of a number of initiatives being taken by the Department and An Garda Síochána as part of European Cybersecurity Month.

Read more here.

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€35 Billion Investment Package for Transport System

The Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan T.D. and Minister of State, Hildegarde Naughton T.D. have announced details of a €35 billion investment package for our transport system – as part of the Government’s revised National Development Plan (NDP). The Plan will transform how we travel, connect us to our communities and help us halve our greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. 

Read more here.

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Events and Initiatives

Social Inclusion Webinar
18th October

On Monday October, 18th from 11am - 1pm join the ARD Family Resource Centre Social Inclusion Webinar held as part of Social Iinclusion Week in October.
The event aims to highlight different areas of discrimination - Workplace, Disability, LGBT, Traveller, Direct Provision.  ARD Family Resource Centre will have a panel of speakers from each of these backgrounds who will share about their own experiences. There will also be Breakout Rooms, which will focus on each area separately and look at collective actions for the community to agree on.
Please find our poster attached here for more information.

The event will be held on Zoom.
To register, please contact Elske at or on 0833217083.

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Free Skills-share Workshops
Melting Pot Luck

The Melting Pot Luck are delighted to be hosting a series of free skills-share workshops in October, funded by the HSE National Lottery grant. 
The workshops are facilitated by Melting Pot Luck members and there will be a different theme each week.
The workshops are taking place at the Salthill/Knocknacarra GAA club, Dr. Mannix rd, Salthill from 2.30 to 4.30 each Sunday.

The upcoming workshops:

  • 10th October: Hair making with Nyke from 'Mon Crown'
  • 17th October: Moroccan cooking with Jihad
  • 24th October: Clothes making with Peju
  • 31st October: Nigerian cooking with Esther

For more information email:
Register here.

Click on the image on the right to view the full-size poster.

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Festival of Nomadic Cultures 
22-24 October

Misleór Festival will be happening in Galway from 22-24 October. Stay tuned, Galway Traveller Movement will be announcing the festival programme soon.

The beautiful new version of the poster is a handcrafted collage created by the talented Rico Zimmer. Look closely, as it holds clues to some of the themes that will be explored at this year's festival.
Misleór Festival is presented by Galway Traveller Movement, with generous support from Arts Council IrelandGalway City of FilmGalway Film Centre, Department of Tourism Ireland, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and MediaGalway City Council and CKI Community Knowledge Initiative - NUI Galway.


Museum Keepsakes Project
Galway migrants' stories, journeys, narratives

Galway City Museum along with facilitator, Georgina Edziwa, have been engaging with a number of individuals seeking asylum and refuge in Ireland and residing in Galway. The resulting outreach project records the migrant’s journey and explores their personal stories through keepsakes brought from their homeland or objects that make them feel at home in Ireland.

The stories now feature in an illustrated booklet published by Galway City Museum which will be distributed to local schools and libraries. In addition to the publication, the Keepsakes online exhibition went live on the museum website on Thursday 30th September.

Visitors to the museum will see a small selection of these keepsakes on display in the museum foyer.
Read more at here.

Eyes on the Horizon
Outdoor Performances in October

Galway City Council presents Eyes on the Horizon a programme of outdoor performances and happenings this October under the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme funded by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

During the month of October, public spaces across the city will be animated with an exciting programme of performances by Galway based musicians, artists and performers. Events are free and family-friendly.

For more updates and information keep an eye on Galway City Council social media channels: Facebook / Twitter.

World Mental Health Day
Sunday, October 10th

World Mental Health Month takes place this October with World Mental Health Day on Sunday, October 10th.

The goal of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

This year’s theme is ‘’Mental Health in an Unequal World’. This theme highlights that access to mental health services remains unequal, with between 75% to 95% of people with mental health challenges in low and middle income countries unable to access mental health services at all. Find out more here.

If concerned about your mental health or that of someone you care about, visit or call 1800 111 888.

Programmes, Resources and Support

Health & Wellbeing Programmes & Resources
October 2021

Information on some current health and wellbeing programmes and resources is outlined in the PDF file here.
The Programmes and Resources included are:

  • Free online Stress Control Programme
  • Free online Minding Your Wellbeing Programme
  • Free online course Managing Stress and Anxiety (40 mins)
  • Exercise for Wellbeing Videos (Beginners Yoga and Pilates, Chair Yoga for Beginners)
  • Overweight & Obesity Webinar – Oct 7
  • Self-management Support – HSE dedicated web page for people with long-term health conditions
  • Living Well (October dates)
  • QUIT Smoking West (Free)
  • Alcohol
  • Weaning (Online talk) – next session Tuesday October 19 @11am
  • START Campaign – Let’s give treats a break
  • Sexual Wellbeing – New Information Guide on Contraception
The information was collated by Health Promotion & Improvement, HSE Health and Wellbeing Division, Community Healthcare West.

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RCNI Launching 2020 Report Online

The Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) will launch its Rape Statistics 2020 report online on Thursday 7 October at 11am. RCNI are hoping to spread the word of this crucial upcoming report throughout the media.
Rape Crisis Network Ireland represents seven Rape Crisis Centres around Ireland that are an integral and vital support for survivors of sexual abuse and violence. The RCNI collate statistics on who is accessing RCC helplines, appointments, and accompaniments, why they are using services, and what kinds of sexual abuse they have been subjected to. Knowing why people contact RCCs in Ireland is vital information which enables an evidence-based response to client needs.
This event will be hosted by RCNI chairperson Loretta Brosnan-McDonagh of Mayo Rape Crisis Centre and will include a presentation by National Data Coordinator Elaine Mears followed by a panel discussion with special guests (to be confirmed). The RCNI will take this opportunity to explore the circumstances behind the statistics and celebrate the positive impact of regional RCCs on the indispensable work they do.
To get involved you can register

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IT Triage Service 

Over the last 6 months, Volunteer Galway's Helen Ogbu and a small team of dedicated volunteers have developed an IT Triage service and they are ready and willing to advise community groups and organisations on any IT challenges they might have.

Volunteer Galway have already supported 9 groups and are keen to help where possible.
Check out the short video here for more info and if you need some advice or support click below to complete a very short survey to tell Volunteer Galway how they might be able to help you and your organisation.
Request IT Triage Help Here
Funding and Awards

The Older Persons’ Fund
Application until 20 October

The Community Foundation for Ireland’s Older Persons’ Fund is now open for applications. This is a long-term philanthropic fund that promotes the civic engagement of older people, as a means of working towards making a difference in their communities.
The Fund builds on the Community Foundation for Ireland’s long-standing engagement and commitment to supporting older people in their communities. The Older Persons' Fund has two separate categories this year, one each for Advocacy and Active Citizenship. This year you may apply for a grant under these two categories:

  1. 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
  2. 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.

Details on the application process are found here.
The deadline for applications will be strictly 4.30pm on Wednesday 20 October 2021.

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€1m Fund to develop Sensory Gardens

Minister of State for Disability, Anne Rabbitte TD, announced a fund of €1 million to fund the development of sensory gardens to benefit children and adults with disabilities. 

Sensory gardens include features, surfaces, objects and plants that stimulate our senses through touch, sight, scent, taste and hearing. A call for submissions has been issued, allowing voluntary organisations funded under Section 38 and 39 of the Health Act to apply for funding for the development of these gardens providing that it is associated with existing facilities used to provide services such as residential, respite or day services. 

Read more here.

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Volunteer Ireland Awards
Nominations closing on October 10th


Nominations for a Volunteer Ireland Award are closing soon, on the 10th of October.
To nominate a Galway volunteer or volunteers please go here.

The Volunteer Ireland Awards are the major annual initiative to celebrate volunteers in Ireland. The awards shine a light on the remarkable achievements of volunteers around the country by honouring them at a national level.

Anyone can nominate a volunteer, and the 12 categories are:  
•            Arts, Culture & Festivals
•            Campaigning & Activism 
•            Children & Youth 
•            Environmental & Animal Care
•            Health & Wellbeing 
•            Safety & Emergency Services 
•            Social Inclusion & Community Support 
•            Sports & Recreations 
•            COVID-19 
•            Small Group (3-20 volunteers)
•            Large Group (20+ volunteers)
•            Volunteer Manager


Funding Reminders
Below please find a list of the most recent funding opportunities:

Social Enterprise Capital Grants Scheme 2021
Applications under the Social Enterprise Capital Grants Scheme 2021 are open until Friday, 15th October 2021 at 4.00pm. The scheme is for social enterprises exclusively and will provide small capital grants for the purchase of equipment or the carrying out of repairs or refurbishments to enable social enterprises to improve their service delivery.

Eligible social enterprises within the Galway City administrative area are invited to apply online at where you can also find further information and guidance for applicants, including eligibility, terms and conditions.
For any enquires in relation to the Social Enterprise Capital Grants Scheme 2021 please email Angela Breslin at

AIC Bursary 2021: Collaborative Arts and Community Development

The AIC Bursary Award 2021: Collaborative Arts and Community Development specifically aims to support an individual professional artist working in collaborative socially engaged arts practice. The purpose of the award is to support and nurture professional arts practice. The closing date for applications is 5pm, Monday the 18th of OctoberFull details of the award, as well as the application procedure, are available at .

Awareness Raising Initiative for Social Enterprise Scheme 2021

Awareness Raising Initiative for Social Enterprise (ARISE) scheme is currently open for applications until 5pm on 20th October 2021. This scheme is designed to raise awareness of the positive role played by Social Enterprises. The scheme is inviting applications under two strands:
  • Strand One will be aimed at individual social enterprises. It is envisaged that they will tell their story and highlight how their social enterprise is improving people’s lives.
  • Strand Two will be aimed at Social Enterprise Network and Support organisations to deliver more general or sectoral messages on what social enterprises are, and their potential to deliver sustainable and inclusive development and recovery.
Further information on the initiative and details of how to apply can be found at:

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COVID-19 Related Updates

Public Health Measures
October 2021

From 22 October onwards final restrictions will be lifted, including:

  • requirements for physical distancing
  • requirements for mask wearing outdoors and in indoor private settings
  • limits on numbers at indoor and outdoor events and activities
  • restrictions on religious or civil ceremonies
  • limits on numbers that can meet in private homes/gardens
  • certification of vaccination, immunity or testing as a prerequisite for access to, or engagement in, any activities or events (with the exception of international travel)
  • restrictions on high-risk activities (for example: nightclubs)

Measures that will remain in place include:

  • self-isolation when we have symptoms
  • mask wearing in healthcare settings, indoor retail and on public transport

Read more here.

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Work Safely Protocol

COVID-19 National Protocol for Employers and Workers

The Governmental publication Reframing the Challenge, Continuing our Recovery and Reconnecting sets out the national approach to the further reopening of society from 20 September 2021 in advance of a further planned relaxation of restrictions from 22 October 2021.

Read more here

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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
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.

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.

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