Archive for April 2020

13 07,2020

Minister Martin approves funding for Galway

Revised Cultural Programme to combine live and online performances and events   28 projects and over 350 artists to be supported Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, today approved a revised cultural programme for Galway 2020, Ireland’s European Capital of Culture, ensuring that projects from the original winning…
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13 07,2020

Minister for State Calleary welcomes the Apprenticeship Scholarship Scheme announced by Údarás na Gaeltachta

  Government Chief Whip and Minister for State for the Gaeltacht, the Irish language and Sport, Dara Calleary T.D. has welcomed the Apprenticeship Scholarship Scheme announced by Údarás na Gaeltacht recently.   The scheme provides Gaeltacht applicants with the opportunity to learn a new skill/trade or upskill and obtain an apprenticeship qualification recognised by the…
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07 07,2020

Galway County PPN Newsletter 7 July 2020 & Funding point

Dear PPN Members, Please find below the latest edition of our Newsletter as well as a separate Newsletter with funding information issued in conjunction with the Wheel.ie. This edition introduces 3 of your PPN representatives and includes information on the next Culture Night to be held in September, the Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme as well…
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06 07,2020

2020-2021 call for the Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme now open

The Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme is now seeking in 2020 to encourage local communities, local groups, schools and other interested parties to engage with the Department in relation to the conservation and revitalisation of raised bog and blanket bog Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) and other peatland areas and promote public…
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29 06,2020

Guidence on getting back on track!

Dear PPN Members,   This information is issued as part of our #PPNConnect Project   We would like to draw your attention to several useful resources to help you and your group get back up and running again after Covid-19: Volunteer Ireland have developed a guide on ‘Returning to work safely‘  in consultation with the…
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28 06,2020

PPN Newsletter- Latest edition!

Dear PPN Members, Welcome to the latest edition of the Galway County PPN Newsletter. We hope you find the information, supports and online events useful. We would like to draw your attention to the free training programme called ‘Tuesday Trainings’ which kicks off this week- don’t forget to sign up! Stay informed, stay in touch…
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28 06,2020

Face coverings- HSE info campaign

Face Coverings Campaign Pack 19_June_2020   Stay Safe. Protect each other. Wear a face covering. Everyone in Ireland has helped to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have worked together in difficult circumstances to save many lives. Now that our services and communities are re-opening, we all want to stay safe and keep protecting each…
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28 06,2020

County Development Plan Public Consultation

Dear Galway County PPN,   YOUR PPN REPS need you!!!!   Mark Green and Aodan mac Donncha, the PPN reps on the Planning and Environment SPC, are seeking your input to a current consultation process:   Have your say- take part in this Public Consultation!   Galway County Council commenced the preparation of the 2022-2028…
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26 06,2020

Minister Ring announces €13 million in funding for 24 projects across the country under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund

Press Release, 25 June 2020 The funding will support the development of regeneration projects in rural Ireland to enable them for delivery. To date, this Fund has now provided over €161 million for 134 projects across the country, worth a total of €229 million. The Fund is part of the Rural Development Investment programme which…
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26 06,2020

Minister Ring announces first tranche of COVID-19 Stability Scheme Funding

Press Release 26 June 2020 Fund designed to provide immediate support to Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises 179 organisations to benefit from €10.5 million in supports   Mr Michael Ring, Minister of Rural Community Development, today announced the approval of €10.5M in funding under Tranche One of the COVID-19 Stability Fund for…
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26 06,2020

Planet Youth – Stepping up to Sexual Health webinar – 1st July at 8pm

Planet Youth are organising a Free Facebook Live Webinar for the parents of 6th class children on Wednesday 1 July @ 8pm. This webinar will provide information and support regarding positive sexual health.  It aims to help you gain the confidence to communicate effectively with your child around issues that can be tricky to discuss…
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22 06,2020

Minister Ring announces €2 million Community Enhancement Programme and urges communities to engage

CEP provides small grants to enhance facilities in urban and rural communities   Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today announced details of the 2020 Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) and highlighted the potential benefit of the Programme for local communities.   The CEP is funded by the Department of Rural…
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22 06,2020

Minister Stanton launches 2020 Communities Integration Fund

€500,000 available for local community projects in 2020   Applications are now open to community groups nationwide who wish to apply for grant funding under the Department of Justice and Equality Communities Integration Fund.   Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration, David Stanton TD, today announced funding of €500,000 for…
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19 06,2020

Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme 2020- apply now.

  Galway County Council issues information and forms for the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, 2020.   The objective of the Scheme is to provide funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and for the necessary repair, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure.   The scheme invests in the physical infrastructure that…
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19 06,2020

Galway County Council and PPN launch #InthisTogether Booklet with competitions

A chairde, For most of us, getting out and about is an essential part of our daily or weekly routine, however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many older or vulnerable individuals have had to cocoon at home, and have had to rely on the many wonderful volunteers in their communities to bring them shopping and…
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19 06,2020

Cope Galway 2019 Annual Report Launch Invitation – Virtual Event

We invite you to join us on Monday 29 June for the virtual launch of our 2019 Annual Report. In 2019, COPE Galway worked with 1,622 individuals and families affected by homelessness. Our Domestic Abuse Service worked with 638 women and their children, and 724 older people received nutritional and social supports through our Senior…
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19 06,2020

Minister Ring seeks new applications for €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund

  The funding to be provided will focus on supporting economic recovery in rural Ireland and delivering sustainable regeneration in rural towns and villages. This call for applications for the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund is in addition to a €30 million package of integrated supports already announced by the Minister as part of his…
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19 06,2020

Minister Madigan announces funding for Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools

Press Release, Thursday, 18 June 2020   The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, T.D., has today announced a funding allocation of €54,700 to support Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools taking place around Ireland in 2020.   The Scheme is designed to assist local cultural events which may not be…
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15 06,2020

Galway County PPN Newsletter 15 June 2020

Dear PPN Members, Welcome to the latest edition of the Galway County PPN Newsletter. We are delighted to announce our training series for the year which we have branded, ‘Tuesday Trainings’. Based on the training survey that we sent out in May- we have listened to your feedback and organised sessions that address the 5…
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15 06,2020

PPN Training for Community Groups

‘Tuesday Trainings’ Poster 24 June 2020 The Galway Public Participation Network is delighted to announce the launch of its Tuesday Training series. Over the next few months we will be hosting a series of experts in the field of communication, cyber security and fundraising to help support the work of you and your groups. Please…
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13 06,2020

Public Consultation Forum for Tuam Regeneration – Expressions of Interest

  Galway County Council are in the process of producing a Regeneration Masterplan for Tuam Town and would like to invite expressions of interest for membership of the Tuam Regeneration Forum.   The first Public Consultation event was a drop-in session held at the Tuam Area Office on 10th March, however, due to Covid 19 restrictions,…
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12 06,2020

2020 Town and Village Renewal Scheme Co. Galway

   Expression of Interests Sought   In 2020, the Rural Development Investment Programme, including the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, is being tailored to address the emerging challenges associated with COVID-19, including a new Accelerated Measure.   Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now sought by Galway County Council, from Business Representative Groups, Community and Voluntary…
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12 06,2020

New Online Graveyard Resources for County Galway

Care, Recording and Conservation of the Graveyards of the County of Galway   Galway County Council in partnership with Galway Rural Development has embarked on the development of online resources for individuals and communities who wish to record the memorials and heritage of their local graveyards. In addition to this it also highlights some of…
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12 06,2020

Minister of State Kyne welcomes Campaí Cúla4

Press Release, 12 June 2020   Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Senator Seán Kyne, today welcomed the announcement from TG4 that the television series Campaí Cúla4 will be broadcast 5 days a week for a period of 5 weeks by the station. The series – which will be aimed…
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12 06,2020

CLÁR 2020

Applications now sought for CLÁR 2020. CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Ard-Riachtanais) is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in areas that experience disadvantage. The aim of CLÁR is to support the sustainable development of identified CLÁR areas with the aim of attracting people to live and…
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12 06,2020

Fadó Fadó, Life Long Ago

Take part in the great gathering of photographs from Ireland’s past.   We are appealing to people during COVID-19 to contribute to an online repository of photographs, films and stories that reflect the social, economic, educational, religious and cultural life in Galway and Ireland in days gone by. Known as the BEO (Irish for ‘alive’)…
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11 06,2020

Wonderful Cruinniú na nÓg events happening across Galway County!

Cruinniú na nÓg is a special day celebrating creativity for children and young people with a host of events created for young people across the country on Saturday the 13th June. Galway County Council Creative Ireland team invite you to join in the celebrations with some wonderfully innovative events and workshop happening online this year…
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10 06,2020

#PPNConnect collection of online resources and trainings

Dear Members, In May 2020, we asked you to complete a sort survey to assess the current training needs across PPN Membership. Based on the survey response we have prepared a Training needs report (access the report here) from which we will tailor our training programme. As there was a broad range of training needs…
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10 06,2020

Historic Structures Fund and Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2020

Press Release, Wednesday, 10 June, 2020     Minister Madigan announces over €4.3m in funding for 449 projects across the country   The Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, TD, today announced that 449 heritage projects across every county in the country will benefit from a combined sum of over €4.3m under this…
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10 06,2020

Minister Madigan encourages young people to get creative for an online Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

Press Release, Tuesday, 9 June, 2020    Already over 460 free online activities, events and broadcasts have been confirmed for Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 Minister pays tribute to RTÉ and local authority culture teams for supporting delivery of Cruinniú 2020 Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 is part of the Government’s #InThisTogether campaign   Saturday 13th June…
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08 06,2020

€600,000 is to be provided to Údarás na Gaeltachta to deliver the Trading Online Voucher Scheme in Gaeltacht areas

Government Press Release, 8 June 2020   The Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Senator Seán Kyne has welcomed the announcement that €600,000 is to be provided to Údarás na Gaeltachta to deliver the Trading Online Voucher Scheme in Gaeltacht areas.   Earlier today, Minister…
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08 06,2020

Stress Control- free online programme to help you reduce stress

The Stress Control on-line programme will run for a third time starting today Monday June 8th and each session will again be repeated 4 times over 2 days.   See course schedule below.   To date over 10,000 people from Ireland have participated in the two courses in April and May. Feedback from the public,…
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08 06,2020

Tidy Towns Newsletter Latest issue out now.

Newsletter available here: Tidy Towns Newsletter 2020 In this packed edition, we read about the wonderful work being done by you, the TidyTowns volunteers and how you are facing up to the pandemic by working smarter. We read of a group who have re-entered after an 18-year gap, we see publications that will assist you…
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05 06,2020

Public Consultations at EU level

We would like to draw your attention to three online public consultations currently running that may be of interest for you. In particular, we would like to highlight the consultation on the European Climate Pact (open until 17 June). This initiative aims to engage all parts of society in climate action, and hopes to gather…
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03 06,2020

Capital funding of €821,672 announced by Minister of State Seán Kyne for Áras Mhic Amhlaigh, a new Irish language Centre in Knocknacarra

Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Senator Seán Kyne announced today that a grant of €821,672 is being made available under the Irish Language Support Scheme for Irish Language Centres Outside the Gaeltacht for Coiste Tógála Áras Mhic Amhlaigh, Knocknacarra, Galway in order to construct an Irish language centre…
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02 06,2020

Minister Madigan welcomes international recognition for Department’s Living Bog project

  Irish raised bog restoration project is one of 27 finalists in top environmental awards  The public vote is now open for the Natura 2000 Awards, organised by the European Commission     The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, TD, has welcomed the announcement that an Irish raised bog restoration project,…
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02 06,2020

PPN Connect Project- Getting back on track

This edition of the PPN Newsletter is issued as part of the PPN Connect Project. This information brief provides up-to-date funding information for communities and groups and includes information about opportunities from local, national and EU sources. We have also included other useful information for your groups at this time. In our efforts to find…
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02 06,2020

Govt invests additional €200,000 in eBooks and eAudiobooks in response to increased demand for online public library service – Minister Ring

Libraries register huge increase in online membership and usage Over 500 new members a day since closure of public libraries E-book loans have more than doubled since March 12th   Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has announced a further investment of €200,000 to support the provision of additional eBooks and…
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29 05,2020

€10 million Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme will support tourism and community wellbeing in post-COVID recovery – Minister Ring

Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural & Community Development, today (29th May 2020) announced funding of €10 million under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme for 2020.   The funding is one element of a €30 million package of co-ordinated and complementary supports launched by the Minister this week as part of his Department’s Rural…
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27 05,2020

Minister Ring announces €15 million for economic recovery in rural towns and village

New measure in 2020 scheme directed at the economic and social recovery of towns and villages in response to COVID-19 Town & Village Renewal Scheme part of €30 million package for Rural Development announced by the Minister this week Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, today (Wednesday 27th May) announced details…
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26 05,2020

Almost 17,000 people respond to Govt call for community volunteers during COVID-19 crisis 

  Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, and Mr Seán Canney TD, Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, have welcomed the fantastic support of volunteers from local communities in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Since the call for volunteers to support the community response to COVID…
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25 05,2020

2020 CLÁR Programme will help rural communities respond to COVID-19 – Minister Ring

€5 million fund forms part of Minister’s integrated Rural Development Investment Programme   Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural & Community Development, today (Monday 25th May) announced details of the CLÁR programme for 2020.   CLÁR is one element of a €30 million package of co-ordinated and complementary supports that is being launched by…
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23 05,2020

New PPN Newsletter out now! 25 May 2020

Dear Galway County PPN Members, Welcome to this edition of the Galway PPN Newsletter with its improved look. This week we are delighted to report that the Secretariat has been back at work and are busy thinking of ways to support community groups in County Galway. We have listened to your wishes for training and…
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22 05,2020

Resources available to those living with long-term health conditions during Coronavirus (Covid-19)

People living with long-term health conditions may be more at risk of serious illness if they get coronavirus and need to take extra care to protect themselves (further information available at: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/at-risk-groups.html).   It is also really important that they continue to manage their long-term health condition(s) at this time.  Community Health Care West are…
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22 05,2020

GAA Legends on call

IS THERE SOMEONE COCOONING OR ISOLATING IN YOUR COMMUNITY WHO WOULD LOVE TO GET A CALL FROM A GAA LEGEND?   Paul Byrnes, former Executive Editor of GAA with RTE Sport and a native of Oranmore has come up with an initiative to make a difference in a joint initiative for Galway City and County…
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22 05,2020

Buzz! Connecting people with nature

Celebrating National Biodiversity Week in the County of Galway 22nd to 29th May 2020 Competition Send us in a short video, photograph or drawing on any aspect of the wonderful biodiversity that is on your doorstep or what you are doing for pollinators in your garden or community. For some inspiration see: https://pollinators.ie/resources/local-communities/ We have…
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20 05,2020

Minister Ring confirms availability of funding for TidyTowns Groups

Official Press Release  Wednesday, 20 May 2020   Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has confirmed today (Wednesday, 20 May) that funding which he allocated to support the TidyTowns groups throughout the country this year will still be available to them, even though the 2020 SuperValu TidyTowns competition has had to…
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18 05,2020

Funding available for Child & Youth Participation and Parental Participation through Tusla in Galway.

Announcement: Seed funding available for Child & Youth Participation and also for Parental Participation through Tusla in Galway.   The purpose of the funding is to support Tusla funded agencies and partner agencies in the community to do a project/event/programme (etc) with young people and parents which will support and develop their participation in your…
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18 05,2020

Funding allocated for Agricultural Shows can be used in 2021 – Minister Ring  

Original Press Release  Monday, 18 May 2020 Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has confirmed again today (Monday, 18 May) that funding which he allocated to support the running of Agricultural Shows throughout the country this year can be used in 2021 where shows have to be cancelled due to the…
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18 05,2020

Out now: Galway County PPN Training Needs Survey- Final Report

Dear Members, The role of the PPN is to provide training to our members to support your important work. To assess the current need for training we asked you to complete a short survey to collect information on your training requirements. We have now collected and analysed the results and present the findings in a report that can be…
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