News & Updates
Galway Rural Development Company Walking Seminar
East Galway Summer 2013
The Hymany Way is one of 12 local walking trails along the iconic Beara-Breifne Way. This recently completed trail is clearly sign posted and traverses the most beautiful and least explored of local areas with its watercourses, including the biodiversity of the Shannon River, cutover,drained and raised bog, forest paths and quiet country roads. The route takes in rich collections of features which will ensure that many walkers will want to linger along the way. Points of interest along the route, which begins in Portumna, Co Galway, feature the Shannon Crossing, Clonfert Cathedral, Meelick Abbey and the site of the Battle of Aughrim. The walk continues up to Ballygar where it joins with the Suck Valley Way which crosses over into Roscommon.
Seminar and Workshop in East Galway – “Mobilising our route” The Hymany Way
On Friday June 14th Galway Rural Development will be holding a public seminar and workshop designed to raise awareness of the route completion and integration into the Beara-Breifne Way. We will be illustrating commercial opportunities from walking and cycling tourism, health, fitness and community benefits to having this wonderful historic walking infrastructure on our door step.
Useful tips on how to promote your local business on “a shoe string”, how to use and promote the Hymany Way Smartphone App and especially promoting the routes Heritage Stamps and Passport – which Enda Kenny launched at the Mansion House on 15th May 2012. All of these are terrific marketing opportunities for local businesses to raise their profile among visitors and great reasons to attract visitors to our beautiful East Galway.
Calling Smart Phone walkers, cyclists, local heritage buffs……free App
The Hymany Way smartphone app has been developed for smartphones, tablets, Apple and Android platforms, and is now available to download free of charge. It enables users to plan their cycling and walking routes along the designated routes in East Galway. Features include: GPS Route Mapping, Points of interest (including text and audio information), image galleries, information on the area and surrounding attractions, and local weather information.
Download the App:
Please contact the GRD office on (091) 844 355 to reserve your seminar place on Friday 14th June
Sue Clarke, GRD, Athenry, Co Galway (091) 844 335 www.grd.ie
Project Team: Niall Heenan (087) 244 5547
Bridgette Brew (086) 335 9962
An independent Company funded by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan 2007 – 2013.
Registered Co.No. 219337 Registered Office: Mellows Campus, Athenry
ATTENTION ALL COMMUNITY/VOLUNTARY
HAVE YOU GOT A PROJECT THAT REQUIRES ASSISTANCE/LABOUR?
Galway Rural Development Company Ltd (GRD), on behalf of the Department of Social Protection, administers the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) and TÚS. Under these programmes GRD provide extensive support to community projects throughout the county.
Work plans are considered from community groups on an annual basis and are approved subject to suitability of projects and availability of participants.
Suitable projects should fall into the following categories:
- Village and countryside enhancement projects;
- Maintenance work – maintenance and caretaking of community and sporting facilities;
- Social care, care of the elderly, childcare, community care;
- Maintaining and enhancing waymarked ways, agreed walks and bog roads;
- Projects relating to not for profit cultural and heritage centres;
- Community administration/clerical duties;
- Energy conservation work for the elderly and the less well off;
- Any other appropriate community project.
For an application form please contact: SEAN BRODERICK, RSS/TUS Coordinator, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co Galway, Ph: 091 844335
Launch of Galway County Integration and Diversity Strategy
The Galway County Integration and Diversity Strategy 2013-2017 was officially launched by the Minister for Training & Skills at the Department of Education & Skills Ciaran Cannon, TD on Friday 22nd March in Oranmore Library.
The County Galway Integration & Diversity Interagency Group is a partnership of Community, Local Development, Statutory and Voluntary Organisations who under the Chair of Delia Colohan Chief Executive Officer of Galway Rural Development Co. Ltd worked on developing the Strategy. The Interagency Group is strongly committed to implementing key actions which will assist in enhancing diversity and promoting Interculturalism in County Galway.
The key note speaker at the Launch was Dr. Ciara Smyth, Lecturer in the School of Law, NUI Galway. Other speakers on the day included: Jipe Kelly of the The Integration Centre, Maria Manuela Silva, Chair of the County Galway Intercultural Forum and Delia Colahan, Chair of the Integration and Diversity Interagency Group.
To Download the full copy of Strategy document please click on the following link;
- Galway County Integration And Diversity Strategy 2013 - 2017/ Executive Summary/English
- Galway County Integration And Diversity Strategy 2013 - 2017/ Executive Summary/Irish
- Galway County Integration And Diversity Strategy 2013 - 2017/ Executive Summary/Polish
- Galway County Integration And Diversity Strategy 2013 - 2017/ Final Document
CHANGE IN RATE OF AID FOR PRIVATE PROMOTERS
As of 26th April 2012 the maximum rate of public funding for private promoters under Axis 3 the Rural Development Programme has increased from 50% to 75%.
The rate of aid for community promoters has not changed and remains at 75%. Check out the information on the Rural Development Programme on this website.