16th March 2021

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

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Galway City Updates
  • Virtual St. Patrick’s Day in Galway City - read here
  • Funding Announcement For Galway City Council Revitalisation Projects - read here
  • Ban on Hedge Cutting Started on the 1st March - read here
  • Appeal to Stop Burning Smoky Coal, Turf and Wet Wood - read here
Funding, Programmes and Open Calls
  • Reimagine Placemaking Programme - read here
  • LGBTI+ Youth Leadership Programme - read here
  • Additional 8-week online exercise class for over 55s - read here
  • HSE National Lottery Funding - read here
  • Community Development Pilot Projects 2021 - read here
  • Galway City Mayor’s Awards - read here
  • €5,500 for Creative TikTokers - read here
Events and Initiatives
  • Cellissimo - Music For The Senses: March 25th - 31st 2021 - read here
  • Cúirt 2021: Press Release and Programme Details - read here
  • Virtual Coffee Morning with Occupational Therapist Brid McOsker - read here
  • Review of the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) Stakeholder Survey - read here

COVID-19 Related Updates

  • Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries - read here
  • New Visitation Guidance for Nursing Homes - read here
  • Galway City COVID-19 Community Call Helpline - read here
  • Keep Well Campaign - read here
  • Reminder: Support for the Older People - read here
  • Galway City Community Response Map - read here

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Happy Saint Patrick's Day from GCCN!
Photo by Galway City Council
Virtual St. Patrick’s Day in Galway City

This year, Galway City Council is hosting its first virtual St Patrick’s Day - for people living in Galway as well as the diaspora spread across the globe to enjoy. The virtual parade has been created by over 100 young people from Galway who were asked to draw what they would like to see featured in their ideal St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The virtual parade’s line-up will feature traditional features of St. Patrick’s Day including, St. Patrick himself, snakes and shamrocks but will also feature some more unexpected characters such as butterflies, giraffes, aliens and much more. The drawings have been brought to life by filmmaker Chris Tierney from Earthbound Films and will go live on the 17th of March at noon across social media channels in the city. 

The background for the parade is set in the wonderful Barna Woods and captures Aoife as she discovers the magical creatures as they parade through the woods in celebration of St Patrick’s Day.

Iconic locations across the city have been going green as part of Tourism Ireland’s #GlobalGreening including the Salthill Promenade, the Claddagh Basin, NUIG and the wonderful Manuela Galway Hooker. Other greenings will be taking place across the city including the Town Hall Theatre, the G Hotel and a special installation by Brendan Savage at the Mutton Island lighthouse.

The special eight-page pull-out, featuring lots of activities and games for a fun St Patrick’s Day at home, was featured in the Galway Advertiser on March 11th. The piece included some fun and engaging articles and activities from the Galway City Museum, Galway Cartoon Festival, Galway Junior Film Fleadh, Cúirt International Festival of Literature and Aniar Restaurant.
You can print a copy of the pull out here: St. Patrick's Day Pull-out and Activities (pdf)

Finally, the diaspora of Galway will be given a flavour of Galway with a traditional concert that captures the very best of Galway. The concert will be live on social media accounts of our sister cities and will feature local musicians and community groups wishing the Galway Diaspora a happy St Patrick’s Day and welcoming them to return for a visit in 2022. The concert will go live Wednesday evening across social media in the city.

For further details visit

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Significant Funding Announcement For
Galway City Council Revitalisation Projects

The funding of €53.24 Million announced on Friday, 12th March for Galway City Council has received a broad welcome across the city and the West.

The Urban Regeneration & Development Fund announcement totals €53.24 million and is in addition to €6.31 million previously approved under URDF ‘Call 1’ projects. The Projects submitted by Galway City Council come under the headings of Transport Infrastructure, Public Realm Projects and Innovation:

  • Galway City Council Transport Connectivity Project (Galway City Council) – €40.30 million
  • Galway Public Spaces and Streets Project (Galway City Council) – €8.64 million
  • Galway Innovation and Creativity District (Galway City Council with NUI, Galway) – €4.3 million
Read more here.

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Ban on Hedge Cutting Started on the 1st March
Bird Nesting Season

Galway City Council want to notify all landowners, farmers and gardeners in Galway City that hedge-cutting is strictly prohibited from the 1st March until the 1st September to protect wildlife during bird nesting and breeding season.

Hedgerows are magnificent habitats creating sanctuary for up to 35 bird species who regularly nest there. Some Irish favourites likes the robin, wren, blackbird and song thrush all nest in hedges, and in Galway City there are extensive networks of hedges and dry stone walls.

Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Amendment Act, prohibits the cutting, grubbing, burning or destruction of vegetation, with certain strict exemptions, from 1 March to 31 August. Exemptions usually pertain to roadside hedge cutting for road safety purposes.

According to a recent investigation by the, the National Park and Wildlife Service brought 88 successful prosecutions between 2007 and 2020 for illegal hedge cutting or removal. Fines, costs and donations to charities totalling just under €58,000 were paid by the guilty parties.

To report the illegal cutting or removal of vegetation, contact Galway City Council on 091-536400 or email  or the National Parks and Wildlife Service on (01) 888 3200  and give as much detail as possible.

For information on Galway City Council’s Biodiversity Action plan 2014-2024 visit 
Read more on the Galway City Council Website here.

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Appeal to Stop Burning Smoky Coal, Turf and Wet Wood
Galway City Council Urges the Public to Consider Alternatives

The burning of smoky coal, turf and wet wood are major contributors to localised cases of poor air quality in our cities and lead to associated increases in heart failure, breathing difficulties and asthma sufferers being admitted to hospital. Galway City Council is now urging the public to consider alternatives.

Under current regulations the sale, marketing, distribution and burning of bituminous (smoky) coal is not permitted in specific low smoke zones (LSZs) across the country. These apply in our cities and all towns with populations in excess of 10,000 people – including Galway City.

Galway City Council authorised officers investigate complaints of Air Pollution on an ongoing basis and any alleged offence in relation to the sale or burning of smoky coal should be reported to Galway City Council on 091-536400 or by email at

Read more here.

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Funding, Programmes and Open Calls

Reimagine Placemaking Programme
Open Call

The Reimagine Placemaking Programme application process has been recently opened. This open call will select four successful projects who will receive support from the Irish Architecture Foundation and its Reimagine Professional Panel, a multi-disciplinary group of architectural, placemaking, spatial and design professionals to develop projects which will improve the built environment of their local community.
Projects may take the form of creative consultations, collaborative research, temporary installations, spatial interventions, tactical urbanism projects, or pilots for ambitious urban realm projects. 

For further details visit:
The deadline for applications is May 16th.

The winners will be announced in June 2021.

The Reimagine programme is an initiative of the Irish Architecture Foundation and a national provider of toolkits and masterclasses in placemaking. Reimagine is made possible by the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Reimagine is further supported by IAF core funders the Arts Council and the OPW.

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LGBTI+ Youth Leadership Programme
Open Call

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., has announced a new LGBTI+ Youth Leadership Programme aimed at LGBTI+ young people. The LGBTI+ Youth Leadership Programme will be run by Foróige in collaboration with BelongTo and is open to applications from all LBGTI+ young people.
The Programme aims to enable LGBTI+ young people to develop their skills, inspiration, vision, confidence, and action plans to be effective leaders and to empower LGBTI+ young people to make a positive difference to their society and their communities through the practice of effective leadership.

Applications close at 12 noon on 23rd March 2021.
For further details and to apply visit the following link:

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Additional 8-week online exercise class for over 55s
limited spaces available

Due to the high demand for the online exercise class for over 55s, Healthy Galway have partnered with Siel Bleu to run another 8-week programme beginning Thursday 25th March at 2pm. The number of places available for this programme is limited.
The classes will be delivered online via Zoom and will have a wide variety of exercises that will be adaptable to suit all ability levels. The Siel Bleu Ireland trainer will give seated and standing adaptations to all exercises. The types of exercises participants will be doing will be based on Strength, Balance, Aerobic, Flexibility and more. Participants will be able to use household objects to act as weights to add intensity to the workout if required.
The programme is free, but as mentioned above places are limited. For more information, or to register, contact Ashling on 085 8217547 or email
Please see the poster attached here for your information.

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HSE National Lottery Funding
Reminder and Application Form

Applications are now being invited by the HSE for National Lottery Funding Grants.
Please download the Application Form here.

Groups and organisations involved in the provision of Health and Personal Social Services can apply for once-off funding of between €500 and €10,000 for suitable projects. Note that public bodies including the HSE are not eligible to apply for this funding.

For further information visit

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 16th April 2021.
Applicants will be advised as to the outcome of their application by 30th July 2021.

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Community Development Pilot Projects 2021

The call for Community Development Pilot Projects launched recently is open to all community development organisations working to address issues in areas such as racism (including Travellers and Roma), domestic or sexual violence, migration, gender, people living in direct provision or seeking international protection, climate action and just transition. 

The closing date for proposals to be submitted to using the application form - here is 12 noon Wednesday 31st March 2021.
Any queries in connection with this can be emailed to

Information Guidance and the Application Form are available on the DRCD website - here.

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Galway City Mayor’s Awards - Nominations Open

Galway City Mayor, Mike Cubbard, has launched the Mayor’s Awards scheme to celebrate community spirit shown during 2020 in particular, with residents asked to nominate their own community heroes for an award. Mayor Cubbard said: "I would like to know more about the kindness and support so many have given, and may still give, and to say thank you to you all.”
Read more in the Galway Advertiser.

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€5,500 for Creative TikTokers

Local Authorities across the North West, Midlands and North East of the country have joined forces with iRadio to launch the very first TikTok Mic Drop Road Safety Competition.
Read more here.

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Events and Initiatives

March 25th - March 31st 2021
An online international festival of great cello music & sensory delights from the West of Ireland 

Music for Galway and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture bring major international cellists together for CELLISSIMO - Music for the Senses to celebrate breathtaking cello music and to deliver a sense of the West of Ireland to people's homes.

Among the top artists to feature are Mischa Maisky, Marc Coppey, Adrian Brendel, Tatjana Vassiljeva, and Natalie Haas. The festival will open on March 20/21st with an online offering for children and then continue online from Thursday, March 25th to Wednesday, March 31st.

Kylemore Abbey in Connemara sets a stunning and dramatic backdrop for the opening of CELLISSIMO with a concert streamed live from Kylemore Abbey on Thursday 25th at 7.30pm. French cellist par excellence Marc Coppey directs a delightful programme of cello and string works, including Vivaldi's toe-tapping double cello concerto, for which he is joined by his former student, the Dublin cellist Christopher Ellis.

The touch of wool, the scent of a hedgerow, the subtleties of crumbling cheese: can this be music? We will bring you a taste and touch of the real West during a series of online and hybrid live events. Enhance the online performance with a pre-concert cheese tasting, for instance, in the company of Kevin Sheridan of Sheridans Cheesemongers. As you purchase this add-on, you will receive a tasting kit (which includes the delectable Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese) through the post.This parcel should not be opened until the time is right and you can join your fellow music and cheese lovers for the tasting on the night. Four more such experiences await you throughout the festival.
For further details please download the event flyer here or visit

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Cúirt 2021
Press Release and Programme Details

Cúirt announced details of the programme for Cúirt 2021, which will, over five days this April, fill homes and screens with brilliant stories and dynamic perspectives. Cúirt 2021 will continue the conversations started with audiences last year, while creating an online festival community across all festival social platforms. At the heart of everything Cúirt does is a desire to celebrate the abundance of brilliant contemporary literature and to truly reflect the world we are in. Presenting programmes that are diverse and inclusive the festival continues to provide developmental opportunities to writers at all stages of their careers.
Please see the listings for the Cuirt 2021 programme here along with the Cúirt 2021 Launch Press Release here.

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Virtual Coffee Morning with
Occupational Therapist Brid McOsker 

Join Galway Branch of Arthritis Ireland for their virtual coffee morning on
Friday 19th March 2021 from 11am - 12pm.

Register here

Galway Branch of Arthritis Ireland will host Brid McOsker, Occupational Therapist at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway, as a guest speaker for this event.
Throughout her career as an Occupational Therapist, Brid has supported people living with arthritis in overcoming the daily challenges they face. Brid's talk with focus on the benefits of Occupational Therapists for people living with arthritis and related conditions. Brid will give tips and advice on dealing with the challenges presented by living with arthritis.

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Review of the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS)
Stakeholder Survey

All are invited to participate in the survey below which is part of the Review of the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) - Stakeholder survey.

   Please click here to open the survey    

This survey  is part of the Review of the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS).
The Programme for Government 2020, ‘Our Shared Future’, set out a commitment to “review the remit, status and funding of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), to ensure that it is playing an effective role in delivering its overall mandate and enforcement role in the protection of wildlife.”
NPWS manages Ireland’s nature conservation responsibilities under national and European law and international commitments. Its mandate is to protect, preserve and present our natural heritage.

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COVID-19 Related Updates

Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries

Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme strategy is to distribute all available vaccines as quickly as is operationally possible, prioritising those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

The following is an update on the total number of vaccines delivered to Ireland.






To end February





Week 09 (w/c 01 March)










Read more here.

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New Visitation Guidance for Nursing Homes

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD and the Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler, TD, have welcomed the approval by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) of new Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) COVID-19 Guidance on visitations to Long Term Residential Care Facilities, to be implemented from 22 March.

The new visitation guidance incorporates early learning from the positive impact of the vaccine rollout nationally and internationally and will provide enhanced opportunity for visiting in nursing homes across all levels of the Government’s Plan ‘COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021 - The Path Ahead'.
Read more here.

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Important Reminders


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
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.
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.


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