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Galway Rural Development - Monday, March 01, 2021

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Free e-learning courses for Community Groups

Galway Rural Development - Monday, February 22, 2021

Galway Rural Development has a range of free online courses suited for members of community groups. These courses can be done in a few hours and in your own time and cover data protection, corporate governance, human resources and social media. These will all help your organisation and ensure you are compliant with the various regulations.  For more information contact Sue Clarke on 087 9170904 or email to Read more

An additional €1.7 million is being provided by the Government to support community and voluntary groups to deal with COVID-19.

Galway Rural Development - Monday, January 04, 2021

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Galway Rural Development - Wednesday, December 23, 2020
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Galway Rural Development - Tuesday, December 15, 2020

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Ardrahan Community goes the extra mile for National Bike week

Galway Rural Development - Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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Positive Ageing Week 28th September - 2nd October 2020

Galway Rural Development - Wednesday, September 30, 2020

“Still as mischievous and interested and sparky as we always were”

Positive Ageing Week (28 September – 2 October 2020), is an opportunity to show our appreciation to older people in our lives and to reach out to those who may be feeling lonely or isolated at this time of ongoing public health guidelines to limit our social contacts.

This week, a number of agencies in Galway have come together to bring to light the many people of older age who epitomise healthy, positive ageing and are active in their families and communities. It is a chance to celebrate the enormous contribution of older people to our family life, our neighbourhoods and our communities.

There are a number of events and initiatives taking place across Galway city and county during Positive Ageing Week. For example, Galway Art Club members have created some beautiful – and some cheeky! – paintings in honour of Positive Ageing Week, which can be viewed in the windows of Age Action (3, Francis Street, Galway).

Those receiving meals from COPE Galway’s Community Catering will receive some surprise visitors and a goody bag during the week, and the Galway tourist train has put on some extra tours for some older people and their young buddies.

On Thursday (International Day of Older Persons, October 1st) Galway 2020 is bringing a number of pop-up musical performances to older people’s residential settings across Galway city and county.

Follow the hashtag #PositiveAgeingGalway on social media for more information and to publicise your own events. Local media and social media will showcase people in the city & county who are active and engaged across our communities along with some letters of thanks from children to their grandparents or older people who are significant to them in their lives. You can also use the hashtag to post your appreciation for an older person in your area who actively contributes to your local neighbourhood or community.

Popular TV presenter and now novelist, Richard Osman, has put the ethos of positive ageing succinctly in his new novel, The Thursday Murder Club:

“We are obsessed with young people, but people in their 70s have identical brains to those in their 50s or their 30s. Our circumstances change and our physicality changes and we have a great deal more experience, but we’re still as mischievous and interested and sparky as we always were.”

While any day is a good day to thank people for what they do for others, Positive Ageing Week gives us a chance to remember the active older people in our communities who mean so much to us.

Agencies involved in Galway :

COPE Galway, Galway Contact, Age Action, Westside Age Inclusion, Croi Na Gaillimh, St Vincent de Paul, Galway City Partnership, Community Guards, Galway Rural Development, Galway City and County Councils, Galway Age Friendly and many more


Further information: Colette Coughlan, COPE Galway – 091 778750

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Calling all community groups in Galway East! Are you in a local group and interested in finding out more about Biodiversity and how your group can make a difference in your local area?

Galway Rural Development - Thursday, August 13, 2020

Galway Rural Developments (GRD) and Burrenbeo Trust are looking to recruit 6 community groups across South and East Galway to participate in our COMMUNITY BIODIVERSITY TRAINING AND AWARENESS PROGRAMME. This project is funded under the Rural Environment Theme of LEADER 2014-2020 Read more

Minister Humphreys announces first towns and villages to benefit from new COVID-19 supports

Galway Rural Development - Tuesday, August 04, 2020
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announced details  on August 3rd of the first €2.8 million in funding approvals from her Department to help rural towns and villages to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Four towns in County Galway were successful. Read more

New Website for children preparing for Secondary School

Galway Rural Development - Wednesday, July 08, 2020
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Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.