GCCN Network News 2019 #32

11th October 2019

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

Social Inclusion Week 2019
14th to 22nd October

Social Inclusion Week 2019 will take place next week from 14th to 22nd October.

Many groups, members of GCCN, and other organisations around the city got involved, with over 30 different events taking place across the city there is something for everyone to attend and get involved in.

Social Inclusion Week is a celebration of participation, equality and inclusion and is a great opportunity to highlight the excellent inclusion work being done by local groups and organisations in Galway city.

The Schedule of Events for the week is available for download below.
Download Programme
Galway City Council

Celebrating Social Inclusion in Westside

14th October

Taking a lead from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Westside Resource Centre is hosting a special event focusing on Social Inclusion and highlighting very positive developments in Ireland and around the world. There will be informative talks by guest speakers.

When: Monday 14th October, 11am to 1pm
Where: Westside Resource Centre

This event is free of charge. All are welcome. Light refreshments.

On this occasion Westside Resource Centre will also launch its new community arts project entitled ARTiculate. 

ARTiculate will bring together a diverse range of people from across the community to explore human rights in an inclusive and creative environment.

For further details see Facebook event at the link below.

Social Inclusion WRC

Free Training Opportunities

From 16th October to 20th November 2019

EVOLVE will hold a series of workshops and free training sessions as follows:

1. How Inclusive is Your Volunteer Programme?
When: October 16th - 11.00am - 1.30pm
Where: Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway
More details here or at the link below.

2. Set and Achieve Your Goals
When: October 22nd - 9.30am - 1.30pm
Where: Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway
More details here or at the link below.

3. Making Fundraising Work For You
When: November 6th - 9.30am - 1.30pm
Where: Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway
More details here or at the link below.

4. Boundaries for Volunteers
When: November 20th - 10.30am - 1.00pm
Where: Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway 
More details here or at the link below.

For details check the links below.

1. Info & Registration - How Inclusive is Your Volunteer Program?
2. Info & Registration - Set and Achieve Your Goals
3. Info & Registration - Making Fundraising Work For You
4. Info & Registration - Boundaries for Volunteers

Free Community Leadership for Inclusion in Community Groups 
Start Date: 17th October 

This course is a collaborative pilot programme between GRETB and Galway City Partnership aimed at promoting inclusion, exploring our understanding of diversity and fostering positive attitudes in community groups. All are welcome.

When:  from 17th October until 14th November 2019
Time:  7pm to 10pm
Where:  VTOS (near Bohermore Roundabout), Tuam Road, Galway

To register reply to my email or call 091 773466.

Download the course details at the link below.

Course Details

Embracing Diversity – A Future Together
Ballyhaunis Integration Seminar

Friday 18th October 2019 

Embracing Diversity – A Future Together is a one-day seminar that offers an opportunity to hear about the story of life in Ballyhaunis and to take learnings from its experience which can support other Irish towns in embracing the opportunities diversity brings. All welcome. 

When: Friday, 18th October 2019, 10am to 4pm
Where: Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence, Bekan, Ballyhaunis

The seminar will examine and chart what has been achieved in the area of Intercultural Integration in a small town and develop recommendations for mapping an integrated future for the town and towns of similar composition.
The event takes place at the end of National Social Inclusion Awareness Week (14-20 October 2019). In attendance will be community and voluntary organisations, immigration support agencies, LCDC members and chairs, local development and community development bodies, government departments, local authorities and others. Contributors will include academic experts and experienced practitioners and will feature strong local community participation.

This event is free of charge but places are limited and early registration is advised at the link below.
Transport will be available from Ballyhaunis train station or town centre to the venue, please indicate your requirement when registering. 
Details of the day are in the programme available for download below.
Register Here
Programme of Events

GEN Day Out to the Owenriff Valley
19th October 

Join the Galway Environmental Network for a visit to the Owenriff Catchment Area to better understand how the City and County are interconnected, and what actions are taking place to address climate change and biodiversity loss.

When: Saturday, October 19th
How: Free bus from Galway Cathedral at 9:30am (returning at approximately 3pm)

To book a seat please email using with “Owenriff Tour” in the subject title asap. Seats on the bus are free but limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

The tour will take in a visit to the Galway Wind Park, exploring and learning about other projects such as bogland rewetting, and the Pearl Mussel Project to learn about the quality of water in the area.
Dr Catherine Seale, the Communities Water Officer with the Local Authority Waters Programme, Francis Deery, Catchment Scientist, and other project leaders will give us an insight into how this catchment area works with local communities and the results of positive engagement.

To understand environmental problems, we must understand the problems that need to be addressed and to find out if the proposed solutions are having a beneficial effect in the county and in the city.
For further details see Facebook event at the link below.

Event on Facebook

Livefeed Headford
Music Event Showcasing Youth

19th October 

Galway 2020 presents Livefeed Headford, a live music event showcasing young musicians and performers from the Headford area.

When: Saturday, 19th October, 1.30pm - 3pm
Where: St. Fursa's Hall
Free Admission

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

Livefeed aims to grow a culture of youth music in Galway and empower young people to pursue interests in music performance, audio and video production, event production and music journalism and promotion.

The project will provide new opportunities for young people to enjoy live music in safe, alcohol-free environments. Working in numerous locations throughout 2019 and 2020, Livefeed will host new, engaging live music events for youth communities across Galway City and County. 

The project will culminate in late 2020 at the EYE on the Edge festival, where a new tribe of young musicians and technicians will entertain the crowds over two days at the Livefeed stage.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Livefeed project please contact
Please contact to discuss any access or participation issues.
For all other enquiries please contact

See Facebook event at the link below.

Event on Facebook

Information Session on the Galway Age Friendly Programme
22nd October 
RSVP before 18th October

Galway City and County Age Friendly Older Persons’ Council invites you to an Information Session on the Galway Age Friendly Programme.

When: Tuesday 22nd October at 10am – 1pm
Where: Menlo Park Hotel, Galway

Join if you want to be part of a group who aims to:

  • improve the lives of older people in Galway
  • influence decision-makers and service providers
  • be a voice for older people
  • have an input to decisions being made about older people
  • create countywide links and networks
  • provide education, training and information to older people

The morning will include speakers from the National Age Friendly Programme, Galway City Council and Galway County Council. There will also be a short demo from the Galway Sports Partnership on light exercises for older adults.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP by Friday 18th October by emailing or phone Linda Potter, Galway County Council on 091 509591.

See the invitation to the event at the link below.

Invitation To Galway Age Friendly Programme

Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 
Closing Date For Applications: 11th November 2019, 5pm 

Create, in partnership with Dublin Fringe Festival, are delighted to announce that the 2019 Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award takes the focus of Collaborative Arts and Theatre.
The objective of the Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme Bursary Award, offered once a year, is to support individual professional artists whose practice centres on collaboration with individuals or groups (non-arts professionals).

The AIC Bursary Award 2019: Collaborative Arts and Theatre aims to support individual professional artists working in collaborative socially engaged forms of theatre practice.
The purpose of the award is to support and nurture professional arts practise; it is specifically aimed at an artist with a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest. The bursary of €10,000 provides the selected artist with time and resources to carry out research and to reflect and engage with and reflect on their practice. More particularly, it allows the artist to consider key questions associated with collaborative methodologies in theatre practice.
The closing date for applications to this bursary is the 11th November 2019, at 5pm.
Read more about the bursary award here or at the link below.



Information Session on AIC Scheme Bursary Award 
15th October


On October 15th, 2019, Create will host an information event for artists in relation to the 2019 AIC Bursary Award, this year themed on Collaborative Arts and Theatre.

When: 15 Oct 2019, 6 - 8 pm
Where: Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

In this information session Áine Crowley, Programme Manager, Arts and Engagement, will outline the Bursary, answering any questions you might have about making an application. She will be joined by Ruth McGowan, Director of Dublin Fringe Festival. The focus of discussion will frame the collaborative arts and theatre context, the application process and how a Bursary could help facilitate and support experiment, research and professional development. Artist Cathy Coughlan, previous Bursary recipient (Collaborative Arts and Dance), will speak to her experience and the role the Bursary played in the development of her practice.
This event is offered free of charge, but booking is essential. To book go here or at the link below.

Bursary - Further Info
Booking - Information Session
Further Info on Dublin Fringe Festival and Create

Cycle Parking Changing Gear In Galway City
160 cycle parking spaces installed in September and October

Following representations from City Councillors, cycle groups, businesses, and community representatives, Galway City Council Transport Department are installing in excess of 160 cycle parking spaces across the City in September and October.

Cycle Parking Changing Gear – 160 cycle parking spaces installed in September and October in Galway City This initiative is being funded by the National Transport Authority and supports European Mobility Week and European Week of Sport 2019.

The response to date to the new cycle parking has been hugely positive, and this initiative will be extended in the coming months to other areas of Galway City.

Read more on this and on the Galway Transport Strategy at the link below.

Further Info

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