On the evening of 8 February, President Michael D. Higgins will officially inaugurate Galway 2020 at the spectacular Opening Ceremony, marking the start of Galway’s extraordinary year as European Capital of Culture.
4pm – Gates Open in South Park, The Claddagh
5pm – Live music with performances by Róisín Elsafty, Amazing Apples and No Crows
6pm – Ceremony Starts – appearances by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, Máirtín O’Connor, Seamie O’Dowd and Zoe Conway. Rofi James will close the show
This free open-air event is set to be one of the most spectacular Galway and Ireland have ever seen, and concludes a county-wide series of fiery festivals, occurring each night across the first week of February. Beginning with a turf cutting ceremony on Saint Brigid’s Day, the Fire Tour will bring together an animated cast from each town, as they give new life to local themes and traditions in a unique performance. Expect fire, performance, music and processions throughout.
Attendees can expect a fully immersive experience, everyone will be able to join in on the fun and enjoy a truly once in a lifetime experience.
As this event takes place outdoors please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
Traffic restrictions will be in place and will be advertised locally.
There will be accessible parking provided close to the event site and an accessible viewing area at the event site. To book your accessible parking and viewing place and discuss any access requirements with us please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Nollaig on 091 412459.
After the Great Terryland Tree Planting, comes a Great Clean Up 8th February
Terryland Forest Park Alliance are asking the people of Galway to take part in a litter pick on General Election Day to help protect our precious land and aquatic mammals, birds and insects that live in our woodlands, rivers and in the sea waters of Galway Bay.
When: Saturday, 8th February, 12-1pm
Where: Terryland Forest Park (park entrance adjacent to Currys)
In November, the people of Galway answered the call to plant thousands of native Irish trees in Terryland Forest Park. Now let us come together to collect the thousands of plastic bottles, beer bottles, beverage cans and other debris that cause so much damage in Terryland and along every seashore, park and woodland in the city and to demand greater restrictions on their manufacture and dumping.
Finally, participants are reminded to make sure to wear suitable clothing and shoes, all should ensure their own personal safety, wellbeing and not take risks.
Asylum Seekers & Refugees - A Conversation on Mental Health 14th February
NUI Galway’s University of Sanctuary steering committee, in conjunction with Galway City Partnership’s Bridge Project would like to invite you to their ebent: Asylum Seekers & Refugees - A Conversation on Mental Health.
When: Friday, 14th February 2020 from 9:45am-12pm
Where: The Harbour Hotel, Galway
The event’s schedule is as follows:
10-10.15 Welcome & Project Overview (Places or Sanctuary Ireland)
10.15-10.20 NUIG University of Sanctuary
10.20-10.25 BRIDGE (Building a Receptive Integrated Diverse Galway of Equals)
10.25-10.45 EXPERT SPEAKER
10.45-11.25 PANEL SPEAKERS (4 speakers 10min each)
11.45-12 Next Steps
Please circulate to any persons which you may feel will have an interest in attending.
Parenting Support and Wellness Group 2020 On Thursdays, Starting With February 13th
ARD Family Resource Centre are hosting every Thursday a series of events as part of the Parenting Support and Wellness Group 2020.
Training in Managing behaviour for parents with Joe Coughlan will be held on February 13th.
Upcoming sessions will include guided yoga practice, mindfulness meditation, establishing boundaries seminar, community safety awareness, makeup tutorial, cyberbullying seminar and positive parenting with Malie Coyne.
To register please call 091 768852 or email email@example.com
Nominations invited for Mayor's Awards 2020 Cut-off date: Friday, 6th March
Nominations are invited from people in Galway City for individuals or organisations for the Mayor’s Awards that will take place on Tuesday, 21st April 2020 in the Galmont Hotel, Galway.
The 2020 Mayor’s Awards will acknowledge outstanding people and organisations that, through their commitment to participating in unpaid community and voluntary activities, have had a significant impact on the quality of life of their communities in Galway City.
There are 9 individual Mayor’s Awards:
• Arts, Culture, Heritage & Cúrsaí Gaeilge Award
• Residents & Local Areas Award
• Community Service & Social Inclusion Award
• Older Person Volunteer of the Year Award
• Sports Volunteer of the Year Award
• Children and Youth Support Award
• Young Volunteer of the Year
• Environmental Sustainability Award
• The Galway City Council Volunteer of the Year Award
Each of the Award winners will receive a specially commissioned trophy and a payment of €500. All nominees will be presented with an individually designed Mayoral Certificate at the Awards ceremony which will be held on Tuesday, 21st April 2020 in The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway City.
The closing date for nominations is Friday, 6th March 2020
Nomination forms are available from City Hall and the City Libraries.
This is the first year that nomination forms can be submitted online and this should make the process quicker and easier (www.galwaycity.ie/MayorsAwardsNomination).
More details on the Mayor’s Awards are available from www.galwaycity.ie/community-news or by telephone at 091 536573.
Galway City Council's press release is available for download at the link below.
Realising Potential – Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty Implementation Manual Download the Resources
A national seminar entitled Enhancing Public Services: The Potential of The Public Sector was held on Friday, 31st January 2020, in the Harbour Hotel, Galway. It celebrated the leadership for and commitment to its implementation by public bodies in the city.
Galway City Local Community Development Committee hosted the conference, which included presentations from the Irish Human Rights Committee, which is responsible for supporting and enforcing the Duty.
The Realising Potential – Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty Implementation Manual was launched at the seminar. This provides practical supports for public bodies for implementing the Duty.
The manual together with further details and the speakers' presentations can be found at the links below.
HSE Fair Deal Fact Sheet Nursing Homes Support Scheme – NHSS
Information for General Public
Fair Deal (Nursing Homes Support Scheme – NHSS) provides financial support to people who require long term residential care. The person contributes towards the cost of their care and the HSE pays the balance.
HIV Stigma Campaign Information for General Public
The Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme has launched a new HIV stigma campaign.
Addressing HIV stigma is one of the actions within the HIV Fast-track Cities Initiative. In June 2019, Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick signed up to the HIV Fast-track Cities Initiative. The HIV Stigma campaign aims to support the 4th target of the Fast Track Cities initiative: Zero HIV stigma and discrimination
Background to the campaign
The campaign was developed in partnership with sexual health NGOs and community organisations and informed by robust evidence which shows that:
HIV infection is manageable.
Effective treatment allows people living with HIV to remain healthy and can restore health in those who have become unwell with HIV infection.
Effective HIV treatment also prevents HIV being passed on to others.
Where will the campaign be advertised?
The campaign will appear in public transport, social venues and college locations across the country for the next two weeks, as well as on social media.
How can you support the campaign?
We would really welcome your support in sharing our messages by posting content, tweeting or re tweeting, and engaging on your social media platforms. If you are sharing the campaign messages among staff and colleagues please make sure you tag our social media accounts so that they can re tweet and like our posts.
You can find the campaign across the following social media channels:
Hashtag: #respectprotect #sexualwellbeing #UequalsU #cantpassiton
Attached below is a pack which gives you an overview of the HIV Stigma campaign, its main messages and the images used.
Majority Of Galway West Candidates Sign Equality Manifesto #EVG Event Featured in Local Media
On January 31st, #EqualityVotesGalway organised an event to which all Galway West candidates standing for the national election were invited to sign the #EVG manifesto, ensuring that equality is at the heart of their representation.
The candidates who signed the #EVG Manifesto to date:
Conor Burke (Sol)
Niall McNelis (Lab)
Niall Ó Tuathail (SD)
Joe Loughnane (PBP)
Catherine Connolly (Ind)
Éamon Ó Cuív (FF)
Mike Cubbard (Ind)
Mairéad Farrell (SF)
Pauline O’Reilly (GP)
Seán Kyne (FG)
The event took place in the Harbour Hotel, Galway and it was live streamed by Galway Politics Live, with the candidates and #EVG members discussing equality issues facing the people of Galway.
A recording of the discussions led by Galway Politics Live as live streamed on Facebook on January 31st is available here.
The event was also featured in the local media (see details here and here).
A Joint Policing Committee meeting will be held on March 23rd, 2020. The purpose of the Joint Policing Committee is to provide a forum where matters that affect policing in Galway can be discussed.
Galway City Community Network is a Joint Policing Committee (JPC) member together Galway City Council, Senior members of An Garda Síochána, Councillors, elected members of Oireachtas na hÉireann (TDs and Senators).
The GCCN Representatives sitting on the JPC are:
Cameron Keighron - AMACH! LGBT+
John Cleary - Galway Age Friendly Older Persons Council
John Rabbitte - Woodhaven Residents Association
Nichola Tierney - Westside Age Inclusion
Tommy Flaherty - Ballybane Community Resource Centre
If you wish to submit any appropriate suggestions for consideration for the upcoming Joint Policing Committee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.