GCCN News 2020

March 6th

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News. Below we have information on:
Galway City Council Arts Strategy 2020-2025   Courses, Workshops and Info Open Calls and Opportunities: Events: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) AdviceClick here for info

GCCN Plenary and Annual General Meeting 
25th March 2020

All GCCN members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting and first Plenary of 2020.
When: Wednesday, 25th March
6.30pm (registration from 6pm)
Where: The Harbour Hotel, Galway.

If you wish to attend please register at the link below, before Friday, 20th March 2020.
On this occasion, elections will be held for vacancies on the GCCN Secretariat and the Galway Sports Partnership. 
Please see details below. 
We look forward to seeing you there!
Register Here
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GCCN Vacancies
Expressions of Interest Invited

GCCN Secretariat
GCCN Representative
Galway Sports Partnership  


Interested in becoming a member of the GCCN Secretariat?

Please send the completed expression of interest form to before the cut-off date on 
Wednesday, March 18th at 4pm.

Download the expression of interest form here.

Interested in becoming a GCCN Representative on Galway Sports Partnership?

Please send the completed nomination form to 
before the cut-off date on 
Wednesday, March 18th at 4pm. 

Download the guidelines here and the nomination form here.
Please note that only nominations and expressions of interest received by
March 18th will be considered.
Nominations from the floor will not be taken.

For questions please contact

See the GCCN Representatives' Charter below for further info.
GCCN Representatives' Charter


Joint Policing Committee Meeting
23rd March

The first 2020 meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee will be held on Monday, 23rd March 2020 at 11am in the Western Region Headquarters (An Garda Síochána), Dublin Road, Renmore, Galway.

The purpose of the Joint Policing Committee is to provide a forum where matters that affect policing in Galway City are discussed.

The GCCN Representatives on this committee are Cameron Keighron, John Cleary, John Rabbitte, Nicola Tierney and Tommy Flaherty (check all GCCN representatives here).

If you wish to submit any appropriate suggestions for consideration for the upcoming SPC meeting, please contact

Please find further information at the link below.

Please note that the documentation is updated on the website as soon as it becomes available, so please check the post regularly.

Joint Policing Committee Meeting
--- Galway City Council Arts Strategy --- 2020-2025

“Have Your Say”
Galway City Council Arts Strategy 2020-2025

Closing date for submissions: 27th March
Galway City Council Arts Office is in the process of preparing an Arts Strategy for the period 2020-2025. The strategy will set out the main goals and objective for arts development and provide a policy framework to guide Galway City Council’s investment in the arts in the medium-term.

The Arts Strategy will be framed within the context of national arts policy as set out in the Arts Council’s Strategy Making Great Art Work 2015-2025 (see link here) and legislation under the Arts Act 2003 (see link here).

The contribution of Artists (in all art-forms), Arts practitioners, Arts Venues, Festivals and organisations and interested parties is being sought in order to fully inform the preparation of the Arts Strategy.

Research and development to inform the strategy will include a comprehensive engagement and consultation process throughout Spring 2020 to confirm local priority needs and develop actions to address them in a contemporary arts context.

Your participation is welcomed and valued.
See details below.

Arts Questionnaire
Galway City Council Arts Strategy 2020-2025
‘Have Your Say’ by completing the short arts questionnaire accessible here.

Or you can make a written submission to:
Galway City Arts Office,
City Hall, College Road,
Galway, H91 X4K8.

The closing date for returning the arts questionnaire is 5pm on Friday the 27th March 2020.

Public Consultation Meetings
Galway City Council Arts Strategy 2020-2025
Public consultation meetings will take place as follows:
  1. Galway West: Westside Resource Centre, Seamus Quirke Rd., on Tuesday, 10th March, 7.30pm
  2. Galway Central: The Human Biology Lecture Theatre, Human Biology Building (across from the O’Donoghue Centre), NUI Galway on Wednesday, 11th March, 7.30pm
  3. Galway East: Merlin Woods N.S., Doughiska Rd., on Thursday, 12th March, 7.30pm

Sectoral Workshops To Inform Arts Strategy Preparation
Open To Artists & Arts Organisations

Galway City Council Arts Strategy 2020-2025

The Arts Office is seeking the contribution of Artists, Arts Organisations, Arts Venues, Festivals and Groups to identify and address opportunities and challenges and to create a policy framework to underpin the city arts programme.

To inform and progress this work sector specific arts policy workshops have been arranged for March 2020 as follows:
  1. Music: Wednesday, March 4th @ 10.30am
    Conradh na Gaeilge, 45 Lower Dominick St, Galway
  1. Dance: Wednesday, March 4th @ 2.30pm
    Conradh na Gaeilge, , 45 Lower Dominick St, Galway
  1. GCCN: Wednesday, March 4th @ 6.30pm
    1. Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway City
  1. Arts in Community Settings: Thursday, March 5th @ 2 30 pm Conradh na Gaeilge, 45 Lower Dominick St, Galway
  1. Literature and Creative Writing: Friday, March 6th @10.30am Theatre Rehearsal Room at the Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane
  1. Children, Young People and Education: Friday, March 6th @ 2.30pm, Druid Theatre Rehearsal Room at the Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane
  1. Arts and Health, and Arts and Disability: Wednesday, March 18th @ 10.30am, Galmont Hotel
  1. Theatre: Wednesday, March 18th @ 2.30pm, Galmont Hotel
  1. Visual, Lens Based Art and Architecture: Thursday, March 19th @ 10.30am Conradh na Gaeilge, 45 Lower Dominick St, Galway
  1. Film and Audio Visual Art: Thursday, March 19th @ 2.30pm Conradh na Gaeilge, 45 Lower Dominick St, Galway

Please ensure you Have Your Say by signing up for the Focus Group /Policy Workshop most relevant to your area of arts practice.

All are welcome to attend but due to space limitations prior booking is essential to guarantee a place.

To book your place please email Deirdre Headd at specifying your name, contact information and the details of the sectoral workshop(s) you wish to attend.
Galway City Council has appointed Arts Advisor & Cultural Planning Specialist Mary McAuliffe to facilitate the sectoral focus groups and to assist with the preparation of the arts strategy. Mary will lead the workshops (duration approx.1H 30M) with a presentation of the issues, opportunities identified through preliminary research in each arts sector and request feedback and information sharing to inform the vision, strategy and approaches to long-term engagement and partnership between the City Arts Office and the arts community.

See further details at the links below.
Arts Council’s Strategy Making Great Art Work 2015-2025
Arts Act 2003
Galway City Arts Plan 2016-2018
Have Your Say - Arts Questionnaire
Galway City Council
Courses, Workshops and Info

ACTing on well-being
Supporting mental health among LGBT+ members

6 consecutive Wednesdays starting with March 4th

ACTing on well-being: Supporting mental health among LGBT+ members is a series of workshops facilitated by Dr. Santiago Garcia-Guerrero.
When: on Wednesdays starting with March 4th at 7.15pm
Where: Teach Solais Resource Centre, 1, Victoria Pl., Galway

The 6 workshops will provide a space for participants to reflect on difficulties that may be affecting their well-being and practice some psychological coping techniques.

For further information, please contact Helen on 089 4132756 or email
ACTing on well-being - Facebook Event


’Heartsaver CPR AED’
Training Courses For Family Carers

Applications Invited

HSE are presently  seeking applications from family carers for a series of ’Heartsaver CPR AED’ Courses, taking place in various locations in Galway City this year.  

The Courses will be delivered in partnership with Croi, the West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation and are completely funded by the HSE Carers Department and therefore,  there is no charge to you for undertaking the course.
All courses are one-day duration from 11 am until  5pm.

The Heartsaver CPR AED Course is designed to teach a person CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction on adults and children and infants, together with the use of Automated External Defibrillation (AED). Successful participants will, therefore, receive a Certificate in Adult and Child and Infant CPR & AED, with the management of choking.

Course locations and course dates will be communicated once all application forms have been received, and this will be dependent upon the locations of applicants who have applied.

Please see the course outline and the application form at the links below.

Carers Letter and Course Outline
Application Form

Epilepsy Ireland
Carers Session 

March 18th

Epilepsy Ireland will host a Carers Information and Wellbeing session for Family Members who look after a child or adult with Epilepsy.
When: Wednseday, March 18th,
11am - 1pm.
Where: Westside Resource Centre, Seamus Quirke Road, Galway

Your entire family is welcome to attend the free event.

Refreshments will be served.

Please register your interest by calling 091 587640.

See details at the links below.
Epilepsy Ireland Website
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Open Calls and Opportunities

Community Development & Social Enterprise Project Officer
Full-time Job Opportunity

Galway City Partnership (GCP) is looking for a dynamic person for the role of Community Development & Social Enterprise Project Officer.

Closing Date:  Wednesday 18th March 2020 at 5pm.
Interviews to take place on Tuesday, March 31st 2020

Please find below the full job description and person together with an application form, also available at or by contacting Imelda Gormally on 091 768305 or at
Job Advert
Job Description
Application Form

Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios
Artist Residency Award

For Migrant & Minority Ethnic Background Artist
Expressions of Interest until April 6th

Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios invite expressions of interest from collaborative artists with migrant and minority ethnic backgrounds that are based in the Republic of Ireland, for a four week residency award at Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS), situated in Dublin’s City Centre.
The Residency will run during the month of June (2 – 26 June), incorporating International Refugee week (17 – 23 June 2020), offering opportunities for the development of practice, discussion, networking, and learning. It offers accommodation, a stipend and agreed expenses, as well as development support from the Create and FSAS teams. 
Artists are invited to submit an expression of interest by the 6th April 2020. 
Please see further info and application at the link below.
Artist Residency Award - Info and Application
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Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
Programme Applications and Connect & Learn Event

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland have officially launched their national call for applications 2020 and they are looking for people with innovative ideas to solve social problems. A Connect & Learn event will be held in Galway city to give potential applicants the opportunity to learn more about Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, ask questions, and connect with fellow budding social entrepreneurs.
  • Programme Applications are now open for the Ideas Academy – aimed at those with early-stage ideas, and Impact Programme – aimed at those who are ready to grow and scale their existing projects;
  • The Connect & Learn event will be held on Thursday, March 19th, 12.30 - 2.30pm in Galway Chamber, Commerce House, Merchants Road, Galway.

Click on links below for more information and to book your free ticket.
Connect & Learn: Eventbrite Registration
The Ideas Academy
The Impact Programme
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Monthly Permaculture Open House
First Monday of the Month
Third Space Galway (TSG) would like to invite you to their monthly permaculture open house. This series of educational events provide a space for peer to peer exchanges, enabling skill sharing and capacity building, inviting people to share their knowledge, skills, tools and resources...and regular seed and plant exchanges will also be held here!

Embracing the foundational permaculture ethics and principles of - People Care, Planet Care Future Care, Ethics These Regenerative Community Education sessions will be facilitated by Permaculture Practitioners and guests including TSG members and trainers Martina Finn and Roisin Ni Fhaolain and with guest participation that will differ from meeting to meeting. 

These open house sessions will take place on the first Monday of each month and will run as a flexible open schedule for our communities to address together their Regenerative & Permaculture queries as well as the issues of our times, brought by participants themselves.

TSG will also hold monthly Ece-Documentaries nights and gardening meetups.

For more information visit TSG's website and Facebook page at the links below.
Third Space Galway - Website
Third Space Galway - Facebook
Abortion Access Campaign WEST
Film Screening and Panel Discussion

March 11th

The subject of CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION will be discussed by Dr Heike  Schmidt-Felzman, lecturer at NUI Galway School of Humanities, following a screening of the documentary film 'Abandoned'.
When: Wednesday, March 11th at 7.30pm
Where: The Galway Art's Centre, Dominick Street, Galway

Abortion Access Campaign West (AAC West) invite the public to come along to this free screening and discussion evening as an initiative for International Women's Day 2020.

'Abandoned' is the first-ever film to tell the heart-breaking stories of women who have died or suffered terribly after being denied a legal abortion. Cases are covered and interviews conducted in a number of countries, with Galway and Ireland being one of those featured. 'Abandoned' is a  90-minute documentary film, which includes English subtitles in parts.

Dr Heike  Schmidt-Felzman has researched and published on governance failures and organisational ethics in ethical and legal debates in Irish healthcare. She will speak about the complexities of conscientious objection regarding reproductive justice.
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Event on Facebook
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Advice

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Follow the advice at the links below on how to protect yourself from coronavirus.

Government information
HSE information:
  • To keep up to date with information please visit
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