19th January, 2022

Welcome to this edition of the GCCN News & COVID-19 Updates.
Below we have information on:

GCCN Network News
  1. Upcoming SPCs, LCDC and JPC Meetings - read here

Have Your Say!
  • Draft River Basin Management Plan Meeting - read here
  • Consultation: SALTHILL TEMPORARY CYCLEWAY - read here
  • Online Consultation on Pilot Basic Income for the Arts - read here
  • GRETB Focus Group/Survey Request - read here

Funding and Open Calls - Deadlines approaching
  • Historic Structures Fund 2022 - read here
  • Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2022 - read here
  • Open Call: 'Local Legacies 1922/2022’ read here
  • 2022 Emigrant Support Programme Opens - read here
  • Galway City Partnership Panel of trainers 2022/2023 - read here
  • Funding for Creative Ireland Local Authority Projects - read here
  • Community Activities Fund for Galway City: Webinar Recording available soon! - read here
  • LEAP Artist Workshop - read here

Initiatives and Programmes
  • Free Art Workshops for Children in Galway - read here
  • Free Developing an Effective Annual Report Workshop - read here
  • Early Years - Let's Move and Play - read here

  • National Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022 – 2027 - read here
  • Online Safety Law to Establish New Regulator - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • EU joint procurement to purchase therapeutic treatments for COVID-19 - read here
  • EU Digital COVID Certificate Update - read here
  • What do the updates to public health management of COVID-19 cases and close contacts mean for me? - read here

  • COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - here
  • Keep Well Campaign - here
  • Support for the Older People - here
  • Community Response Map - here

There are a number of vacancies on the GCCN Secretariat.
All interested members are invited to get in touch at for details and to express an interest.
Do you want to share events and information with our next GCCN Newsletter?
Get in touch at before the next cut off date on Tuesday, 1st February.
GCCN Network News

Upcoming SPCs, LCDC and JPC Meetings
February - March 2022

The following local structures will be holding meetings as follows:
Meeting Date Details
                      Transportation SPC                           
8th February
See details here
Economic Development, Enterprise Support & Culture SPC  
18th February
See details here
Housing and Social Inclusion SPC   
18th February
See details here
Local Community Development Committee  
23rd February
See details here
Climate Action, Environment, Recreation and Amenity SPC
23rd February
See details here
Galway City Joint Policing Committee  
21st March
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 - here.
Have Your Say!

Draft River Basin Management Plan
Galway City Meeting

27th January 2022

The Galway City draft River Basin Management Plan Meeting will be held bt GCCN, in collaboration with the Local Authority Waters Programme, on Thursday, January 27th at 6pm via Zoom.

Register Here

This meeting will include information on what is proposed in the Draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2022-2027 to protect and restore good water quality. There will be a questions and answers session and time for discussion on local issues.

This is your chance to have your say and to put forward your views on what needs to get done to help the waterbodies in Galway City and nationally.

Following this meeting, GCCN will welcome the opportunity to make a submission on the draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2022-2027 in collaboration with all interested GCCN members.

Please note, the national consultation period closes on Thursday, 31 March 2022.

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Public Notice: Proposed Temporary Cycle Lane/ Traffic Calming Measures on the R336 Seapoint Promenade, R336 Salthill Road Upper and the R336 Knocknacarra Road
Closing day: 28th of January 2022
Galway City Council gave notice of its intention to provide the following temporary cycle lane provisions on the R336 Seapoint Promenade, R336 Salthill Road Upper and R336 Knocknacarra Road.
The proposed development will be implemented for a period of six months commencing in March 2022 until September 2022 and will include the following:
  • The provision of a temporary 2-way (Contraflow) cycle lane on the seaboard side, from the R336 Seapoint Promenade/ L-5138 Grattan Road Junction to the Blackrock Tower* 
  • The provision of a temporary 1-way (Outbound) cycle lane on the seaboard side, from the Blackrock Tower to the R336 Knocknacarra Road/ R336 Barna Road/ R337 Kingston Road Junction*, and
  • Associated temporary traffic management to provide for the proposed temporary cycle lane provisions.

Drawings of the proposed upgrade are available for public inspection from 14th of January 2022 to the 28th of January 2022 (each day excluding weekends and public holidays from 9.00am to 4.00pm.) 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

Drawings are also available for inspection on the Galway City Council website here
Observations and submissions in respect of the proposed upgrade should be made through:

  • the online form
  • or in writing, and addressed to Mr. Patrick Greene, Director of Services, Transport, Climate Action & Environment, Recreation & Amenity and Water Services, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway
  • or emailed to

The cut-off date for submissions is 4pm on the 28th of January 2022.

Online Consultation on Pilot Basic Income for the Arts
Closing on 27th January, 2022

On Thursday, 6 January 2022, Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media launched an online consultation on the Basic Income for the Arts (BIA) pilot scheme to elicit the views of artists, those working in the arts and culture sector and the public.

The online consultation is available for response here until the closing day on 27 January 2022.

The online consultation follows a successful stakeholder forum on 15 December that saw over 150 participants from 50 artists and arts workers resource and representative bodies come together to discuss the proposal and provide their views and feedback to the Minister and her Department.
The purpose of the online consultation is to ensure that the general public, artists and those working in the arts and culture sector have the opportunity to contribute to the policy development for the pilot scheme and to offer suggestions from their experiences as artists, arts workers and members of resource organisations on key issues such as the schemes objectives, eligibility criteria, supporting emerging artists and participant responsibilities.
The Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme will be launched in the coming months. Further details will be published on the Department’s website after the feedback and input from the online consultation is assessed and finalised.
Read the full Press Release here.

GRETB Focus Group/Survey Request

Galway and Roscommon are pleased to have been chosen as one of six regions across Ireland to develop a Local Creative Youth Partnership (LCYP), part of the Government’s Creative Ireland programme. 
LCYPs combine a wide range of resources including developing local networks with organisations to provide out-of-school creative opportunities for children and young people that complement and work with the formal settings in a non-mainstream manner. 
GRETB is managing the development of the Galway and Roscommon LCYP. They have commenced a research process to understand what is currently happening for creative development of young people across the two counties, and to gain insights into how best to design, develop and deliver new opportunities for creative participation and engagement by children and young people in Galway and Roscommon into the future.  
A consultation element forms part of the research and GRETB is seeking your participation in a Focus Group so that we may gain an understanding of the requirements for developing and delivering creative services for children and young people from service providers’ / creatives’ perspectives.  
In order to be in a position to develop services in the short to medium term, Focus Groups will be held online via Zoom conference, during the timeframe 17 – 28 January 2022.  
Please indicate your willingness to be included in the Focus Group process by sending an email to researcher Karan Thompson at with LCYP Focus Group in the subject title and your contact details / those of your organisation.  Karan will make contact with you to advise timings, dates and links for participation once you have indicated your willingness to be included in the consultation process.  
In addition, and to get the widest views possible, GRETB has developed a range of surveys to elicit the views of children and young people, educators and parents, so that the development of the LCYP reflects the needs of communities at the local level. Hearing their views will be essential to the development of a range of appropriate services for children and young people and we would be very grateful if you were able to assist in gathering this information by creating visibility of the survey via your communication channels and across your local services and programmes as appropriate, and indeed in completing the relevant survey yourself. 
There are three surveys available: 

  1. GRETB Comhpháirtíocht Áitiúil Óige Ildánach (CÁÓI) – Suirbhé Soláthraithe Cruthaitheacha  - GRETB Local Creative Youth Partnership - Creative Providers Survey 
  2. Comhpháirtíocht Áitiúil Óige Ildánach (CÁÓI) na Gaillimhe agus Ros Comáin – Suirbhé Oideoirí / Tuismitheoirí  - Galway and Roscommon Local Creative Youth Partnership - Youth Workers/ Educators / Parents Survey 
  3. Rannpháirtíocht Leanaí agus Daoine Óga i gCruthaitheacht i nGaillimh agus i Ros Comáin - Children and Young People's Participation in Creativity in Galway and Roscommon 

Surveys will remain open until 17:00 hours on 28 January 2022. Thank you in advance for your assistance and co-operation.  

Should you have any queries in relation to this research, please feel free to make contact with researcher Karan Thompson via email at 

Funding and Open Calls

Historic Structures Fund 2022
Deadline: 21st January

Funding for the Historic Structure Fund (HSF) is being made available as part of Project Ireland 2040. The total national funding is €4m. Galway City Council will, on receipt of qualifying applications for funding assess and put forward a maximum of three applications (plus a maximum of an additional two specifically relating to shopfronts as per below), this restriction is as prescribed by the terms and limitations of the Department’s criteria and funding.

Full details of the scheme and application forms are available at the Planning Office, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway. Tel. No. (091) 536599 and on the council website at: HSF2022 Appendix I - Form A (Applicant).pdf


Interested parties are invited to submit completed applications not later than Friday, 21st January 2022 (16:00hrs) to Caroline Phelan, Senior Planner, Planning Department, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway.

Read all details here.

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2022
Deadline: 21st January

Galway City Council in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage are inviting applications for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2022. This fund is intended to encourage the investment of private capital in a number of small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve historic structures and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craft workers and tradespeople. An allocation of €123,200 has been provided for Galway City, and grants of between €2,500 and €15,000 will be awarded, with applicants required to provide a minimum of 50% of total costs.

Full details of the scheme and application forms are available at the Planning Office, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, and Galway. Tel. no. 091 536599 and on our website at: BHIS 2022 Application Form A.PDF


Interested parties are invited to submit completed applications not later than Friday, 21st January 2022 (16:00hrs) to Caroline Phelan, Senior Planner, Planning Department, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway.

Read all details here.

Open Call: 'Local Legacies 1922/2022’
The Community Strand of the 2022 Decade of Centenaries Programme
For Community Organisations in Galway City

Deadline: 21st January

The Decade of Centenaries Programme for 2022 marks events arising from the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty; the outbreak of the Civil War; and the foundation of the State. The Government’s objective is to promote an inclusive, respectful, authentic, measured and consultative approach to commemorations, which encourages a deeper understanding of the context of the time, recognising the differing perspectives on our shared history and seeking to strengthen peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland.

Galway City Council will coordinate and support a range of activities locally in the city of Galway throughout the year and now invites submissions for the organisation of local events in the coming months.

2022 Emigrant Support Programme Opens
Closing date: 16th February

The 2022/23 grant round for the Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) opens on Wednesday 19th January. The Emigrant Support Programme provides funding to non-profit organisations that support and connect Irish communities across the world. It is administered by the Irish Abroad Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin, in partnership with Irish Embassies and Consulates abroad.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.30 pm (local time) on Wednesday, the 16th February 2022.
Apply at:

Read more here.

Galway City Partnership
Panel of trainers 2022/2023

GCP are currently recruiting for our trainers panel.
Galway City Partnership is a local development company working in Calway City, to

  • tackle disadvantage and social inclusion
  • increase equality to access of information, education, training, and employment for our most marginalized individuals and groups
  • empower local people and to have a say on issues that affect them, identify their own needs and make positive changes in their lives.
Calway City Partnership is seeking suitable and skilled trainers, for their trainer panel to be available to deliver training/supports to unemployed people under the SICAP programme in 2022 and 2023.
For more information please download:

Funding for Creative Ireland Local Authority Projects

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, and the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’ Brien TD, have announced funding of €6.6 million for the 2022 Creative Ireland Programme Creative Communities initiative.

This funding includes planning for an enhanced Cruinniú na nÓg - Ireland’s national day celebrating young people’s creativity in June 2022. There will be projects around Creativity in Older Age with opportunities for older people to participate in creative activities. Finally, Creative Climate Action projects in partnership with Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications will use the talents of artists and the wider creative industries to connect people with profound changes happening in our environment, society and economy arising from climate change.
Galway City was allocated €175,161 for 2022.
Read more here.

Community Activities Fund for Galway City

Webinar Recording available soon!
Closing date: Friday 4th February 2022
Galway City Council has been approved funding of €264,910 under a new scheme called the Community Activities Fund to support community and voluntary groups impacted by Covid-19. 
A recording of the webinar on the Community Activities Fund hosted by Galway City Council in partnership with the Galway City Community Network on Januray 19th will be made available in the coming days at the link below:

A copy of the notice inviting applications for funding under the Community Activities Fund is available for download here and the guidelines are available here

Please note that the closing date for applications online at under the Community Activities Fund is Friday, 4th February 2022 at 4.00pm.

LEAP Artist Workshop
Calling creators from underrepresented communities

 Deadline 30 January 2022

Baboró invites applications for a new, paid 4-day workshop aimed at creators from underrepresented communities who have passion and curiosity for making theatre for young audiences. 
The workshop will allow for collaboration with Moonfish Theatre Company—they will share tools and methods for making theatre in the spirit of creative exchange, as you explore and expand your craft and skills in developing theatre for young audiences.

The workshop will take place in April 2022 in Galway.
The closing date for applications is Sunday, 30 January at midnight.

For further details on the application criteria and forms please visit or contact Rachel at

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Initiatives and Programmes

Free Art Workshops for Children in Galway

As we look forward to longer, brighter spring days ahead, Helium Arts is delighted to be continuing their in person art workshops for children in Galway this March and April. 

About the Spring 2022 Workshops in Galway

  • The Helium Arts upcoming spring programme is for children aged 6 - 12 years living with long-term medical conditions in Galway city and county.
  • Free arts workshops will take place every Saturday from 5 March - 9 April at the Westside Resource Centre, Seamus Quirke Road, Galway 
  • The workshops are an opportunity for children to explore their creativity, develop and express their interests, have fun and build friendships in a safe and stimulating environment.

 For children with long-term health conditions, aged 6-12 years:  

  • Free of charge.  
  • Professional medical support provided.
  • Facilitated by a trained and experienced Helium Arts artist.  
  • Venue is wheelchair accessible.
  • Volunteers can provide extra one on one support.

Here’s what parents and children had to say about recent Helium Arts Workshops:
“It was a very nice, encouraging, and artistic environment. I grew more confident in sharing my work and got inspiration from others” - Child 
“My child finds interaction difficult and this was great as he could decide how much interaction he wanted to give without feeling undue pressure it a wonderful way for him to do art” - Parent

The closing date for registrations is Monday 14th February 2022.
Please see the flyer attached here for more details.

To refer a child or for further information, please contact:  
Helium Arts’ Family Liaison or 0830103240

Free Developing an Effective Annual Report Workshop
Carmichael will be running a series of free, 2-hour workshops for small nonprofits on "Developing an Effective Annual Report" from February. These workshops are designed to help smaller nonprofits to use their annual report as a way of showing the public, their members and their funders how good their organisation is.

The workshops are targeted at Board Members, Directors, Trustees, CEOs and Managers and anyone else involved in the preparation of Annual Reports for a nonprofit. This includes Companies Limited by Guarantee, Registered Charities, Unincorporated bodies, Social Enterprises and Sports Organisations.
More Details and Registration

Early Years - Let's Move and Play

HSE Health Promotion & Improvement in partnership with Galway CYPSC Early Years Committee and a range of stakeholders are working together on a campaign to support children 0-1 years to meet the recommended physical activity guidelines.  

Please see details below on Message 3. Let’s Move and Play Everyday - I love to dance and hear you sing, let’s build memories together – video clip, information and resources

Playing music and singing songs and nursery rhymes are a great way to play with your baby. It helps to stimulate their senses and curiosity and enable them to feel relaxed and secure. Enjoy having fun with your baby and help build memories through singing and dancing together.  
For more ideas and information to support active play for babies please see Active Play Every Day Leaflet & Cards and visit
Click on the link to watch the campaign video:

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National Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022 – 2027 

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD; the Minister of State for Planning and Local Government, Peter Burke TD; and Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Anne Rabbitte TD, have launched the National Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022 - 2027.

The Strategy sets out the Government’s vision for delivering housing and related supports for disabled people and places a greater emphasis on independent living and community inclusion than the previous strategy. Implementation of the plan will be based on the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Government has revised the structures that oversee and implement the strategy to make the delivery of housing and related supports for disabled people more effective and appropriate to their needs.

Developed under the guiding principles of Housing for All, the Government’s national plan for housing to 2030, the strategy seeks to facilitate disabled people to live independently with the appropriate choices and control over where, how and with whom they live. The Strategy places an emphasis on disabled people having choice and control over their living arrangements. It demonstrates the Government’s commitment to providing equal access to housing for all.

Read more here.

Online Safety Law to Establish New Regulator

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, is publishing the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill, paving the way for a new watchdog to regulate online services and to reduce the availability of harmful content. Minister Martin has now received Government approval to commence recruitment of an Online Safety Commissioner, who will act as a powerful regulator to enforce accountability in the sector.

The Bill will establish a new regulator, a multi-person Media Commission which will include the Online Safety Commissioner. This new body will be responsible for overseeing updated regulations for broadcasting and video on-demand services and the new regulatory framework for online safety created by the Bill.

The Media Commission will also have roles in relation to the protection of children, research, education, media literacy, journalistic and creative supports. In carrying out these roles the Commission will support and promote an open, trusted and pluralistic media and online environment.

Read more here.
COVID-19 Related Updates

Government plan to enter EU joint procurement to purchase therapeutic treatments for COVID-19

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD has confirmed that Ireland is pursuing the purchase of COVID-19 antiviral and monoclonal antibody treatments, following discussions recent cabinet meeting.

Ireland will seek to purchase treatments manufactured by Pfizer, Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK), and Merck (MSD). 

The EU Commission is currently progressing a Joint Procurement Agreement (JPA) in relation to antivirals, which includes MSD’s Lagevrio (Molnupiravir) and Pfizer’s Paxlovid (PF-07321332; Ritonavir), and Ireland has formally indicated its intention to participate in this arrangement. Ireland is already a participant in an EU JPA for the purchase of the GSK monoclonal antibody product Xevudy (Sotrovimab). The HSE, in consultation with the Department of Health, is also exploring opportunities to procure antivirals through bilateral agreements at national level, in advance of the completion of the relevant EU JPA.
Read more here.

EU Digital COVID Certificate
Inclusion of additional COVID-19 vaccine dose

Following the rollout of the EU Digital COVID Certificate in Ireland, and the successful COVID Booster Vaccination Programme, updated Digital COVID Certificates will now be issued to those who have received an additional vaccine dose. 

Over 2.2million additional doses have already been administered in Ireland, and recipients of these vaccines can start to expect a Digital COVID Certificate recording their additional dose from this afternoon (Thursday 6 January). The process of issuing these certificates will take a number of days, and people are advised to check their email.

This service is available ahead of the new EU rules which will come into effect from 1 February 2022, with a new 9-month maximum validity period for EU Digital Covid Certs based on a completed primary vaccination regime. Similar validity periods on vaccination certificates for domestic use (such as access to indoor dining etc) are not currently planned by the Government.

Read more here.

What do the updates to public health management of COVID-19 cases and close contacts mean for me?

The latest information on the public health management of COVID-19 cases and close contacts is available on and 

But what do the updates to public health management of COVID-19 cases and close contacts mean?

Check the link here to better understand what each update means and what to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19, you have a positive test result, or you are a close contact, etc.



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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