GCCN News 2020

28th February

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Campaign on Cocaine Awareness
You are invited to give feedback on
Think Before You Buy Campaign

Closing date: 6th March

At the previous Western Regional Drugs Task & Alcohol Task Force (WRDATF) committee meeting on the 31st January 2020, a detailed discussion took place on cocaine use in the region.

In discussing a response to this ongoing issue, a presentation of an awareness campaign used by both the North-Western Regional Drugs Task & Alcohol Task Force (NWRDATF) and Blanchardstown Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force (BLDATF) was shown.

This awareness campaign comprised of two posters and a video outlining the link between organised crime and social/recreation drug misuse.
See posters and link below.

GCCN members are invited to review and critique both the posters and the video and provide feedback at before Friday, 6th March 2020.

Please, if possible, indicate in your feedback how best the WRDATF can target the varied substance-using cohorts with this campaign.

Alternatively, if you find this awareness campaign unsuitable for the Western Region please forward any other proposals you may have.

Think Before You Buy - Poster 1
Think Before You Buy - Poster 2
NWRDATF Campaign
National Campaign


National Library Open Day
Saturday 29th February

On Saturday, February 29th, libraries around the country are taking part in the first ever National Library Open Day. See the list of some of the national Open Day events here.

Libraries offer a huge range of services that are all completely free. People are invited to set aside some time on Saturday, 29th February to come in and see what they can get in the library.

Check out your local library for events on the day:

  • Ballybane Library on Castlepark Road from 11am-1pm and 2pm-5pm;
  • City Centre Library from 11am until 5pm;
  • Westside Library from 10.30am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.
Library staff will be available on the day to get you all signed up quick and easy. Bring photo ID and proof of address.

The friendly library staff will be there to explain how everything works and show you how easy it is to access all the resources.
Poster in English
Poster in Irish

Understanding Stress & Building Resilience
Wednesday, March 4th
Healthy Ireland is extending an invite to their free public talk on stress and building resilience with Paul Marsden, Occupational Psychologist.
When: Wednesday, 4th March
6.30pm -7.45pm
Where: Westside Public Library, Galway

All are welcome and admission is free.

See full-size poster at the link below.
Full-size poster

10-year celebration of AMACH! LGBT Galway

March 13th

AMACH LGBT Galway will be turning 10 years old this March 2020 and there will be Birthday celebrations!

When: Friday 13th March from 7.30pm until late

Where: Harbour Hotel, Galway

AMACH LGBT Galway cordially invite you to join in the celebrations with a drinks reception, a look at the achievements over the ten years followed by a party until late.

To register please go at the Eventbrite event here.


Register For Galway Amach LGBT's 10th Anniversary


Galway City Public Realm Strategy nominated in prestigious Irish Planning Institute Awards

Galway City Council has been nominated in two categories in the Irish Planning Institute Awards for the recently prepared Galway City Public Realm Strategy.

These national awards honour the diverse range of projects and plans currently in progress in local authorities around the country in complex and dynamic environments. Award nominations from this prestigious body acknowledge the innovation and quality of the specific projects in the strategy planned for Galway City.

The award ceremony took place on Thursday, 27 February.


Galway Bike Week 2020
Call for Cycling Events

National Bike Week Sat 6th – Sun 14th June
Closing date for applications: Friday 1st May 2020

Galway Bike Week is an annual celebration and promotion of all that is great about bikes and cycling. Bike Week 2020 takes place from Saturday 6th to Sunday 14th June.

Funding will be made available through Galway City Council and Galway County Council to support local cycling events and activities as part of the Galway Bike Week celebrations.

Who can apply?
Bike Week is open to people of all ages and abilities and is centred around inclusive, community-based events. Applications are welcome from groups including Cycling or Sports clubs, Men’s Sheds, Residents’ Associations, community groups, environmental groups, schools, third levels, local businesses etc.

What types of events can be promoted?
Fun and engaging activities and events to encourage people to get back on their bikes - young and old – for fun, exercise, health, leisure, or on the commute.
Sample ideas include fun cycles, bike buffets/ breakfasts, bike maintenance, displays/historic bikes, cycle training, Greenway cycles, bike trials (electric, mountain, circus, cargo), competitions, bike book clubs, bike recycling, cycle screenings etc.

How to apply?
Download an application form from or
More information:
  • Galway City Council – 091 536 400 and
  • Galway County Council – 091 509 577 and
The closing date for applications is Friday 1st May 2020, at 4.00pm.

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