GCCN Network News 2020 #5

7th February 2020

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News.
Below we have information on:
Events: Reminder of Meetings: Other:
Info: Elections 2020:

Galway 2020 Opening Ceremony
8th February 2020

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 or phone Nollaig on 091 412459.


See further details at the links below.

Galway2020 Opening Ceremony
President Michael D. Higgins To Officially Inaugurate Galway 2020
Galway 2020 on Facebook

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.

Find further details at the link below.

Event on Facebook

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)
11.25-11.45 Q&A
11.45-12 Next Steps
Please circulate to any persons which you may feel will have an interest in attending.
Full-size Flyer

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
Events on Facebook
Full-size Flyer

Get Fit with Amach
Running Club and HIIT

Wednesdays and Thursdays
Amach LGBT+ is hosting a series of events to help you get (or keep) fit.
Get fit with Amach LGBT Galway's Run Club.
When: Wednesdays 6pm-7pm
Where: Salthill Park (Band Stand)

All Welcome!

FREE HIIT for all fitness levels.
When: Tuesdays 7pm-8pm
Where: Westside Resource Centre

For more information, or to register, call Mark on 087 7835243 or email

See details below.
Facebook Event
Run Club: Full-size Flyer
HIIT: Full-size Flyer

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 (

More details on the Mayor’s Awards are available from or by telephone at 091 536573.

Galway City Council's press release is available for download at the link below.
Further Details
Download the Press Release
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.
Details and Presentations
Download the Implementation Manual

Registrations for the National Spring Clean 2020

 Register now for the event in April

Visit to find out how you can join An Taisce's National Spring Clean, Ireland's nationwide anti-litter campaign which takes place during the whole month of April.
Register Here
An Taisce National Spring Clean - Facebook Page
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.

See full details and the application form at:

The full-size flyer is available below.
Fair Deal Fact Sheet
Further Details
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:
  1. HIV infection is manageable.
  2. Effective treatment allows people living with HIV to remain healthy and can restore health in those who have become unwell with HIV infection.
  3. 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:
Twitter: @_respectprotect
Facebook: @hserespectprotect
Instagram: @hserespectprotect
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.
HIV Stigma Campaign Pack
Further Details
Press Release
The Housing Agency - Information Events

For Volunteer Directors - Residential Owners' Management Companies

The Housing Agency will over the coming weeks hold free regional information evenings for volunteer directors of owners' management companies of apartment developments / managed estates.

The upcoming events will be held as follows:
Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork
Wednesday 19 February 2020

Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick
Wednesday 26 February 2020

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Wednesday 4 March 2020

Clayton Hotel, Sligo
Wednesday 25 March 2020

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required. Please register by clicking on your preferred location above, or by email to

Details of the full schedule of events are attached above and online here.  

Members of your local staff are most welcome to attend.

Please contact The Housing Agency if you have any queries.
T +353 (0)1 656 4100
53 Mount Street Upper, Dublin, D02 KT73
Full-size Flyer
Further Details
National Election 2020

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).

Further details are available at the links below.
#EVG Manifesto
Further Details

Are You Election Ready?
What you need to know for the Elections 8th February 

With the approaching General Elections on February the 8th, 2020 make sure you have all the info you need to express your vote.

Check the links below on information on who can vote, who to vote and how to vote on February 8th.

Are you eligible to vote on February 8th?
Who will fill the five Galway West TD seats?
Voting in a Dáil Éireann Election
Reminder of Meetings

Galway City Joint Policing Committee Public Meeting  

25th February 2020 

The Galway City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) wishes to inform you that a public meeting will be held on:

Date:               Tuesday 25th February 2020
Venue:            Knocknacarra Community Centre
Time:              7.00pm

All details are available at the links below.

Further details
Notice of Public Meeting

Joint Policing Committee Meeting  

23rd March 2020 

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

Joint Policing Committee Meeting - March 23rd

Upcoming SPCs, JPC and LCDC Meetings

Dates and Documentation

A series of relevant meetings will be held as follows:

Structure Date of the meeting
SPC1: Housing and Social Inclusion 28th February
SPC2: Planning 18th February
SPC3: Economic, Community and Cultural Development 21st February
SPC4: Transportation 21st January
SPC5: Climate Action, Environment, Recreation and Amenity 25th February
Local Community Development Committee 12th February
Joint Policing Committee 23rd March

If you wish to submit any appropriate suggestions for consideration for the upcoming SPCs, LCDC and JPC meetings, please contact

Please find further information on the above-mentioned LCDC, JPC and SPCs meetings at the links below.

The agendas and further documentation will be updated on GCCN website as soon as available, so please check these links regularly.

Housing and Social Inclusion SPC Meeting - February 28th
Planning SPC Meeting - February 18th
Economic Development, Enterprise Support & Culture SPC Meeting - February 21st
Transportation SPC Meeting - January 21st
Climate Action, Environment, Recreation & Amenity SPC Meeting - February 25th
Joint Policing Committee Meeting - March 23rd
Local Community Development Committee Meeting - February 12th
GCCN Diary Dates

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