Galway Wild Geese – Finalist – Digital Town Awards – 2022

Galway Wild Geese – Finalist – Digital Town Awards – 2022

Galway Wild Geese are thrilled to have have been shortlisted in the Community Digital category of the .IE Digital Town Awards.

 

 

The number and quality of entries was outstanding, so the geese are thrilled to make the shortlist, you can view the full shortlist here:

Shortlist 2022

 

The Awards Ceremony will be a virtual event and will take place on Wednesday 8th June at 4.00pm and will run for one hour.

Portumna Community Come Together to Raise Funds for Irish Emergency Alliance – Ukraine Humanitarian Relief

Portumna Community Come Together to Raise Funds for Irish Emergency Alliance – Ukraine Humanitarian Relief

On Saturday, 9th April, 2022, Galway Wild Geese will host a fundraiser at Portumna Market Square in aid of the Irish Emergency Alliance.
Donations are welcome – home baking, home made crafts, books, cds, albums, curio.
Donations can be dropped off at the square on Saturday morning at 9.30 am.
Tables and awning will be set up at the square and volunteers are welcome to donate goods, donate time or help out on the day.
Everyone is welcome.

HOME BAKING

JAMS RELISHES CONFITURE

ARTS AND CRAFTS

BOOKS

ALBUMS, CDS, DVDS

CDS, ALBUMS, DVDS

black vinyl record on black vinyl record
The Irish Emergency Alliance founded by 7 Irish Charities are founders including the charity Self Help Africa are on the border of Slovakia and Ukraine.
Ronan Scully reporting from the border between Ukraine and Slovakia, says his “heart and soul are broken” at what he is seeing.
 
 
The Irish Emergency Alliance founded by 7 Irish Charities are founders including the charity Self Help Africa are on the border of Slovakia and Ukraine.
Ronan Scully reporting from the border between Ukraine and Slovakia, says his “heart and soul are broken” at what he is seeing.
 
The wheels of trolley suitcases make a clack clack clack sound as they roll across the uneven pavements. The sound has become a soundtrack to the picturesque mountain village of Vysne Nemeche on Slovakia’s far eastern border.
 
 
The daily procession of refugees coming here from Ukraine is relentless. 10,000 are crossing each day – mothers, grandmothers and children mostly – taking flight from the escalating conflict, and seeking sanctuary in this easternmost outpost of the European Union.
silver round cup on green grass
The exodus from Ukraine to bordering countries happens in cars, buses, trucks and on foot. It’s a journey that over 3 million Ukrainian’s have taken since war began.
 
 
The women and children that I saw were arriving exhausted, emotionally drained, and had that look of bewilderment at the strange and awful turn that life had taken.
 
 
Tatiana, aged in her early 20’s drags her suitcase behind her, in her other arm she is carrying a cat that she has brought with her from her home in Ternopil.
People often wait up to two days at the border, with outside temperatures dropping well below zero at night sometimes as low as minus -10.
 
 
Situated high in the Carpathian mountains in eastern Slovakia, Vysne Nemeche is the main crossing along the 60 mile border that separates Slovakia from neighbouring Ukraine.
 
Local charities and government services, disburse information, provide blankets, bottles of water, soup and bread to the new arrivals. There are also a number of Covid-19 medical centres, dispensing PCR tests.
Families in despair need our help right now.
Over two million people abandoned their homes after Russia invaded Ukraine and fled to the borders of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova and Romania.
The Irish Emergency Alliance have spent days bringing aid into Ukraine to hospitals some 270km within Ukraine in a pace called Ivano Franksivk region and city.
To learn more about their work please visit www.selfhelpafrica.org and also www.irishemergencyalliance.org
 
 
 

Applications Opened for the Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme

Applications Opened for the Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme

Applications Opened for the Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme

EPA publish new Circular Economy Programme as successor to the National Waste Prevention Programme

The government has published a draft national strategy on how Ireland can transition to a Circular Economy and is inviting businesses, communities and citizens to contribute their views through public consultation.

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD said:

The Circular Economy is built around ‘doing more with less’ or consuming fewer material resources to sustain our communities, homes and economy.  The model builds on sharing, reusing and reinventing materials to meet our needs and replaces the current ‘take, make, dispose’ model. We are now developing a whole-of-Government strategy to ensure Ireland transitions to a Circular Economy and avails of the opportunities the circular economy can provide.  These opportunities include reducing waste, shrinking our carbon footprint, supporting local and regional economic development, growing new business models and providing skilled employment opportunities.

The draft Strategy sets out what is a circular economy, why Ireland needs to achieve a circular economy and how national policy will develop to support that goal.

It has 5 key objectives:

  • To provide a national policy framework for Ireland’s transition to a circular economy;
  • To support and implement measures that significantly reduce Ireland’s circularity gap, in both absolute terms and in comparison with other EU Member States, so that Ireland’s rate is above the EU average by 2030;
  • To raise awareness amongst households, business and individuals about the circular economy and how it can improve their lives;
  • To support and promote increased investment in the circular economy in Ireland with a view to delivering sustainable, regionally balanced economic growth and employment; and
  • To identify and address the economic, regulatory, and social barriers to Ireland’s transition to a more circular economy.

The final strategy will provide an important policy signal across the system and the markets that Ireland is committed to a transition to circularity. The government had committed to producing this strategy under the Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy.

Our transition to a circular economy will require a whole of society effort. To help communities make the transition to a circular economy, the government has launched a new Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme (CEIGS). This grant scheme aims to support innovation and circular economy projects by social enterprises, voluntary and community organisations and businesses with less than 50 employees.  The total CEIGS is €250,000 for the 2021 call. The maximum year 1 grant available will be €50,000 – the indicative funding range for projects is €10,000 – €50,000.

Applications for funding could focus on the thematic areas which relate to priorities for the circular economy in Ireland:  plastics, construction & demolition waste, food waste and resources & raw materials (electrical and electronic equipment, textiles, furniture). Some examples (for illustration purposes) of the type of proposals for funding that could be considered are:

  • Redesign of products or packaging to replace non-recyclable plastic with recyclable plastic or replace virgin plastic with recyclable plastic.
  • Redesign of products for ease of recycling at end-of-life.
  • Circular construction products (products that can be reused or with increased lifespan).
  • Selective/Green demolition to enable removal of hazardous materials and facilitate reuse and recycling.
  • Promoting innovative waste prevention solutions across the food production and food processing sectors.
  • Implementing technical and behavioural interventions to reduce food waste in commercial settings.
  • Reducing the content of hazardous substances in materials and products.
  • Increase recovery of listed critical raw materials.

 In line with the measures proposed in the Waste Action Plan, today also sees the launch of a consultation on Ireland’s new Circular Economy Programme, led by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This new programme builds on fifteen years of leadership by the EPA on waste prevention, including Ireland’s well-regarded food waste prevention campaign and the development of national guidance on priority topics such as Construction Waste Management and Green Public Procurement. Through its work in this area the EPA also supports Dublin’s Rediscovery Centre as the National Centre for the Circular Economy; and Circuleire – the National Circular Manufacturing Platform.

The new EPA Circular Economy Programme will be a driving force for Ireland’s move to a circular economy by businesses, householders and the public sector. It is founded on the waste hierarchy which identifies Prevention as the priority, to be followed by Re-Use; Repair; and Recycling. Activities within the programme will be focussed on the sectors that use the most resources and where the potential for circularity is high. Through the programme EPA will provide insights and data to support national circular economy policy and behavioural change campaigns. Early examples of this approach will be the development of target-driven roadmaps on Food Waste and Plastics to articulate sectoral actions required to achieve a national shift to circularity. The successful model of partnership working will also be continued and developed, with a new collaboration to grow Ireland’s reuse & repair culture.

The programme objectives are to:

  • Provide leadership to improve coherence on the development and regulation of the circular economy in Ireland.
  • Maintain a competitive programme of supports to drive the circular economy through providing innovation grants and seed-funding to nationally-relevant initiatives.
  • Implement actions that build knowledge and an evidence base to inform circular economy development in Ireland, and to report on progress towards circularity.
  • Realise the enterprise opportunity by supporting new business models; promoting resource efficiency; and retaining material value through enhanced use of secondary/recycled materials.

The public consultation on the Programme is open until 17:30, 11 June 2021.

Speaking at the launch of the programme today, Laura Burke, Director of the EPA said:

The EPA Circular Economy Programme supports government strategy and will translate national circular ambitions into the daily activities of workplaces and homes across Ireland. Creating a resource-efficient economy and resilient society requires rapid and far-reaching transformation across all sectors. This new programme will work with business leaders, public-sector exemplars and the public to change our attitudes to consumption and to develop new opportunities that meet consumer needs while reducing waste and carbon emissions. We look forward to hearing from our stakeholders with their views on the programme’s objectives and priorities.

 

Xplore Gort App was launched on the 10th May 2021 at Kilmacduagh

Xplore Gort App was launched on the 10th May 2021 at Kilmacduagh

The highly-anticipated Xplore Gort App was launched on the 10th May 2021 at Kilmacduagh, Irelands largest round tower in the presence of Minister of State Anne Rabbitte, Laura Tannian, Enterprise Development Manager of The Forge Works, Elodie Golden CEO of Wild Geese, Jonathan Madden, COMWORKS and Maevita De Barros representing the Xplore Local team.

Xplore is a digital infrastructure for towns developed by Galway based company, Booniverse Limited. The platform’s simplistic design allows users to interact with a variety of towns without having to download multiple apps or visit multiple websites. Users enable location services or select a region to simply stay local.

Gort has now become part of Xplore’s growing network of towns that extends from Galway to Kerry, from Cork to Carlow. The launch is indicative of a wider movement in towns across the country, where enterprising locals are seeking out new and efficient ways to boost their local economies, attract tourists and promote their towns’ amenities.

Laura Tannian and her team have been working tirelessly over the past number of months to get the app ready for release. 

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Speaking on how the app will be of benefit to the local economy, Minister Rabbitte:

Even before the pandemic, small businesses based in rural areas were already having to change the way they marketed their products and services and appeal to new clientele. 

For some small businesses and start-ups — such as artisan food-makers who may be working from their home kitchens — Rabbitte says the app allows them to harness ‘alternative ways of marketing with the app giving you directions to the middle of nowhere, giving you the business telephone number,  bringing you to their webpage, their social profiles.  One feature I find fantastic myself is the share button which allows the user to share a profile page to friends and family.

Anne continued: 

That’s the wonderful thing about the app: there’s something in it for everyone…from the local news, to the business profile, from the hikes and trails, to the local history brought to life – there’s something for all ages — and it’s simple to use.

Xplore Gort aims to better serve the needs of locals and tourists alike — especially in times like these when shopping and exploring locally has never been more important.

With retailers reopened for Click and Collect since May 4th, local businesses are sure to be delighted with the e-commerce features of the app. Hospitality won’t be forgotten either when they reopen, with access to features that highlight their services, people and community impact.  

Commenting on the launch, Xplore COO James Finan said:

We are delighted to be in partnership with Gort, the response has been amazing and it shows how valuable and needed something like the Xplore Gort App is. We are now working with the communities in Galway, Fermoy, Tralee, Clonakilty, Portumna & Youghal to keep them up to date and are currently preparing Killarney and Bagenalstown for rollout. We want Xplore to matter — to our clients, to our people, and in our communities — both here in Ireland and other communities around the world, wherever we do business. I would be very happy to speak with any group who wants this for their town.

You can download the app here:  http://onelink.to/tjwkz8 (this link will take readers to the IOS or android stores depending on their phone type. 

NPWS seeks citizen scientists to help endangered Curlew

NPWS seeks citizen scientists to help endangered Curlew

Friday 23 April 2021

  • Public encouraged to report breeding Curlew sightings to NPWS between April and June
  • Citizen science records will inform 2021 National Breeding Curlew Survey
  • Nine areas in key Curlew hotspots across the country are prioritised
  • Contact NPWS with any sightings

 

Citizen scientists can help bring one of Ireland’s most iconic birds back from the brink by reporting sightings to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

The Curlew Conservation Programme is encouraging members of the public to record locations of Curlew sightings between April and June and report the information to the NPWS’s team. Breeding Curlew are currently nesting in bogs, pastures, meadows and other open and wet habitats in Curlew hotspots around the country. By submitting records of sightings, the public can help build up a national picture of the number of breeding birds.

Minister for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, said:

This is a fantastic way for people across the country to get to know the wild places in their county and, at the same time, to contribute to the conservation of one of our most iconic and best-loved birds. I’d like to encourage all budding citizen scientists young and old to get involved and help our Curlew Conservation Programme team to gather this important data, which will support the ongoing protection of the Curlew.

How to submit records:

–          By email:  nationalcurlewsurvey@gmail.com

–          By phone to the survey coordinator on 083 104 8000

–          Online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QRLHR7B here

The Curlew Conservation Programme – jointly funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine – has been collaborating with landowners in nine key areas (listed below) since 2017 in an effort to halt the decline of a bird whose numbers decreased by 96% in a 30 year period. Curlew occur in flocks around many of our coasts in winter, but the vast majority are migrants, with only around 1 in 30 birds actually breeding here in the Spring.

Dr Seán Kelly, NPWS waterbird ecologist managing the 2021 breeding Curlew survey, said

Breeding Curlew populations in Ireland are amongst the country’s most pressing conservation priorities, of great concern to conservationists and the wider public alike. This enigmatic species has inspired generations of art and folklore, including the great William Butler Yeats – and much like the great works of Yeats, Curlew deserve to be cherished, celebrated and protected in Ireland. The 2021 National Breeding Curlew Survey will provide an update on the previous survey from 2015, letting us know how successful our efforts to date have been and what we need to do in the immediate future. There is huge positive momentum around the country for Curlew conservation, particularly in the farming community, and we need to build upon this.

The call of the Curlew is synonymous with the Irish countryside – from lowland grassland and raised bogs to our mountains and hills their distinctive ‘coorlew’ call is a sign of Spring. Like a growing number of our bird species, Curlew populations have declined dramatically – so much so that fewer than 200 breeding pairs now occur across Ireland.

In recognition of the seriousness of the threat to Irish breeding Curlew, Minsters Noonan and Hackett jointly increased funding to enhance conservation efforts earlier this year. At the launch of the enhanced financial support for the Curlew Conservation Programme, Minister Noonan described the situation for Curlew as “one of the most difficult and pressing conservation concerns of our time” and the funding allowing a strengthening of work between communities and conservationists, “working together to protect this iconic and much-loved bird”.

The nine key Curlew hotspots for the Curlew Conservation Programme are:

  • Stack’s Mountains, Kerry
  • Lough Corrib
  • Lough Ree
  • North Roscommon/Mayo
  • Mid-Leitrim
  • North Monaghan
  • Donegal
  • Slieve Aughty Mountains
  • Laois/Kildare

For more information on the Curlew Conservation Programme, including reports, see: https://www.npws.ie/farmers-and-landowners/schemes/curlew-conservation-programme