GCCN Network News 2019 # 17

14 June 2019

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Belonging in Ballybane - Small Towns Big Ideas Project

Belonging in Ballybane is a Galway 2020 - Small Towns Big Ideas project coordinated by The Ballybane Taskforce, who have been working with local young people over the past number of months to explore issues of diversity and identity through a series of workshops.

Saturday, 15 June sees the culmination of this project with an intercultural community event featuring live music, art exhibitions, captivating storytelling and mouth-watering cookery demos.

When:  Saturday 15th June, 3pm - 5pm
Where: Ballybane Community Centre

Admission is free and all are welcome.
For queries contact Imelda in Galway City Partnership on 091 768305 or at

Galway 2020 website

Livefeed Gig for Cruinniú na nÓg

As part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2019, Livefeed will host a live music event showcasing some of the best local young bands and solo performers.
When: Saturday 15 June
Where: Galway 2020 Offices, 16 Merchant’s Road, Galway

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
For queries or access requirements contact Eoin at
Event supported by Creative Ireland and Galway City Council.

About Livefeed:
Livefeed is a Galway 2020 project for young people aged 13 to 18, who are interested in music performance, production and promotion.

The project aims to grow a culture of youth music in Galway City and County, and by holding regular workshops and open mic events, will support the developing confidence of young performers and give them an introduction to the music industry, event production and music technology.

About Cruinniú na nÓg:

Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people. This year's edition is held on June 15th with events taking place in cities, towns and villages across the country.

Check the links below for more details.

Cruinniú na nÓg website

Travelling light

ConTempo Quartet meets Circus' Youth Aerial Troupe
Continuing a long-standing tradition of collaboration across the art forms in Galway, the Galway Music Residency’s ConTempo Quartet and members of Youth Aerial Circus Troupe join forces to present Travelling Light, a fusion of music and circus art, celebrating the joy of ‘play’.
Experience these art forms as you never have before during two enchanting performances.

When:  Sunday 16 June at 3pm and at 7pm
Where: St Joseph’s Community Centre, Shantalla, Galway

This is a family-friendly event, suitable for little kids and big kids alike, with a matinee and evening show. Tickets at the door.
For further info see links below.

Come along and be enthralled by movement and sound and the curious interaction between the two!
Event Poster
Galway Music Residency webiste
Galway Community Circus webiste

Fly a kite in aid of Jigsaw

This Fathers' Day, everyone is invited to South Park to fly a kite for men and boys' mental health. The idea is to create a powerful visual spectacle of support for the men and boys in our lives. The organisers are aiming to get 300 kites in the sky.

When:  Sunday 16th June, 12noon
Where: South Park - The Swamp, Galway

This event is also a tribute to those who have lost their lives in the River Corrib, one of the reasons why the location is beside the River Corrib at South Park.

The facts are that there is a disproportionate number of men taking their lives each year. One of the reasons for this is isolation (perceived or real one). From a young age, many men are taught not to express emotion. To do so is seen as weak.

Flying a kite on June 16th on 'The Swamp' is a way to acknowledge there is a problem within our society and that many men are finding it difficult to communicate when they are struggling, worried or having a hard time. 
This event is hoping to shine more light on men's emotional needs.
Let's open up the conversation and let men and boys know that it's ok to talk openly about how they feel. Because a society that encourages healthy communication is a better society for everyone.

Kites are available to buy at the link below. 
All proceeds going to local youth mental health charity Jigsaw.

People are also welcome to bring their own kites on the day or to simply come along and enjoy the spectacle.

Please see link below for further details.

Eventbrite kite purchase
Facebook Event
Fly a Kite for Mens Mental Health: Facebook page
Jigsaw Galway
World Refugee Day and Family Outdoor Day Celebrations
Galway Integration Consortium, Galway County Council, Galway Rural Development and Galway Childcare Committee have come together to host: World Refugee Day and Family Outdoor Day Celebrations.
When: Sunday 16th June, 2-4pm
Where: Rinville Park, Oranmore 

There will be music, dancing, refreshments and many fun activities to choose from: face painting, sack race, mud kitchen, plank walk for the kids, and cricket and tug of war for the adults.
See full-size poster below.
Event Poster

Public Sector Equality & Human Rights Duty and its Potential

Introductory Workshop
Galway Traveler Movement, Amacht!LGBT and Bridge Project are inviting you to an introductory workshop on the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty and its Potential.
When:  21st June 2019, 1.30 pm – 4.30pm
Where: Westside Library, Seamus Quirke Road

This workshop is open to the community and voluntary sector, civil society groups, statutory agencies and others who have an interest in promoting equality and human rights. The workshop will be facilitated by Niall Crowley.
Spaces are limited to a max of 35.
Please book your place by contacting Vivienne at or on 091765390.
See links below for further details.
Workshop Details

Nuns' Island Regeneration

Two-Day Public Consultation Event
NUI Galway is holding a two-day public consultation event to generate ideas for the future of the Nuns’ Island area of the city.  The University, in partnership with Galway City Council, is developing a masterplan to explore the opportunities for this area within Galway city through an appropriate mix of redevelopment and public realm spaces.
  • Friday 21st June, 10am - 3pm
  • Saturday 22nd June, 10am - 3pm
O’Donoghue Centre, University's South Campus, NUI Galway

The master-plan is being developed by a global team of architecture firm BDP, property advisor Colliers International and engineering business AECOM. The project, which commenced earlier this year, has so far involved engagement with residents, the City Council, the University community, together with a range of local organisations.

Members of the public have the opportunity to view the ideas generated to date and engage in discussion with University representatives and members of the project team, available throughout both Friday and Saturday to discuss or answer any questions.
NUIG post

Having Our Voices Heard
ILMI Representation and Participation Training

Independent Living Movement Ireland in partnership with Galway Activism are holding a Representation and Participation Training. This participatory workshop is open to people with disabilities who have an interest in becoming actively involved in the Independent Living Movement at both local and national level and want to learn more about the structures that represent them. No previous experience is required.

When: July 1st  2019 - times to be confirmed with organisers
Where: Westside Resource Center, Galway

The training will look at the basic principles of representation and how can people work together in representational roles to bring about real change.
To ensure effective participation a maximum of fifteen participants can be facilitated at each venue. Pre-booking is essential.

For bookings please contact Susan at or on 086 1712648.

See links below for further details.
Having Our Voices Heard: Representation and Participation Training
Independent Living Movement Ireland: Website

First Class Insulation's Free Home Insulation

Would you like a warmer home?
First Class Insulation offer support in Galway City through the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme. If you are eligible for this scheme, insulating your home has never been so easy.
To qualify for the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme, you must:
  • Own and live in your own home
  • Be in receipt of one of the following:
1. Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme
2. Job Seekers Allowance for over six months and have a child under seven
3. Working Family Payment
4. One Parent Family Payment
5. Domiciliary Care Allowance
6. Carers Allowance
  • Your home must have been built and occupied before 2006
For further information please contact First Class Insulation on 091760877 or at
See links below for full-size flyer and application details.
First Class Insulation are an approved contractor of Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Their free home insulation is administered by SEAI under the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme.
Free Home Insulation Flyer
First Class Insulation website: apply here
SEAI Website
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