Forum Theatre Play

The Other Side of the Mirror

A Forum Theatre play by ALâ in conjunction with Galway One World Centre.
Written and to be “Jokered” (facilitated) by Adedotun Adekeye.

Where: Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUI Galway
When: Friday 25th April 8pm
Free event, all welcome.

The Other Side of the Mirror is a short story about Brian, a young Irish lad from Galway who can’t get a job three years after graduating. Based on friends’ advice, he decides to emigrate to Katan in Africa after securing an enviable position in a company. Brian soon realises on arrival that the images and messages about his beloved country are shamefully embarrassing and he sets out to change this perspective.
What should he do? How can he achieve this change without being confrontational with the local community and his colleagues at work? Will he be able to get the support of some Irish people who have been living in Katan for decades?


For further info please contact Adedotun Adekeye on 091 530590/

A Place To Be

A Place To Be will be held every first Thursday of every month in the Children’s Library at Galway City Library, St Augustine Street, Galway from 6.00pm to 7.30pm, you are all very welcome to join us in this free event.

Our next performance is:-

Thursday 3rd April, 6.00pm-7.30pm


Sharon Murphy will be the host of A Place to Be and will also perform. Sharon is a singer/song writer whose music could be described as Irish -Soul folk music with reggae influences due to Sharon’s Caribbean heritage.

Guest Performers

Frankie Prionsais Nicdhonncha
Prionsais comes from a long line of Connemara people. Her parents and grandparents taught her the traditional songs, tunes, poetry, drama (Sean Nos meaning Old Way or Old Style) from early childhood. Sean Nos is still alive and well among the people of the various Gaeltachtai in this country.

Elizabeth Power
Elizabeth is a fiction writer interested in women’s issues including retrieval of ancient women’s (her) stories. She is currently in the process of writing a novel about a time travelling witch. She has had success in short fiction, published in Moth Cranog and Force Ten as well as winning Jonathan Swift and coming 3rd in Dromineer National literary competitions.

Free Community Resilience Course


Eco-Choices in conjunction with the Galway One World Centre is presenting a free course on ‘Community Resilience’ in Moycullen.

The course will be held in the Community Centre Árus Uilinn on Wednesday evenings from

 8 – 10 pm for 10 weeks starting on the 22nd January 2014. 

The course is free of charge!

 This course is for anybody with an interest in Community Development, Rural Regeneration, Sustainable Food Production, Environmental Protection, Energy Security, Green Business, and Social Justice.

After completing the course, participants will have the confidence and knowledge necessary to implement successful community projects that will deliver sustainability at the local level and allow people to engage critically with global issues.

People interested in taking part can contact Christian at 085 1220049 /


A Place To Be

place to beOur next performance of A Place To Be will be Thursday 12th December,  6.00pm-7.30pm at Amnesty International Café, Galway, 2/3 Middle Street. Free event, all welcome.

Sharon will be the host of A Place to Be and will also perform. Sharon is a singer/song writer whose music could be described as Irish -Soul folk music with reggae influences due to Sharon’s Caribbean heritage

Guest Performer-Ceara Conway

Ceara Conway is an artist and singer from the Gaeltacht in Connemara. She is currently working on a project with a group of women asylum seekers from Galway City, developing a site specific work that expresses aspects of their experiences living within the Direct Provision services. For her performance with A Voice and Something Else she will be joined by Veronika and Simfu, performing a variety of styles, Portuguese Fado, Irish Sean Os and African among others. Ceara’s most recent singing performances include venues such as The National Gallery of Ireland, Aras Inis Gluaire, and the Speak easy SodaPop Schoolhouse, West Virginia.

Health & Gender Equity in a Period of Global Crisis/Conference

DSA Ireland (Development Studies Association Ireland), the IFGH (Irish Forum for Global Health) and Gender Arc are delighted to invite you to our  conference  on:
on 28-29 November 2013 at Galway Bay Hotel & Conference Centre, Salthill, Galway
We also invite participants to join us to mark World AIDS Day with a special event on Day 1:
The Irish Aid Annual Father Michael Kelly Lecture titled ‘Gender, Sexuality and HIV’
Registration is open here:
Full rate: 35 euros; Concession rate for students/unwaged: 15 euros

Further information
If you require further information about the conference please email us at:

A Place To Be

place to be


Our next performance of A Place To Be will be Thursday 14th November,  6.00pm-7.30pm at Amnesty International Café, Galway, 2/3 Middle Street.  Free event, all welcome.


 Sharon Murphy

Sharon will be the host of A Place to Be and will also perform. Sharon is a singer/song writer whose music could be described as Irish -Soul folk music with reggae influences due to Sharon’s Caribbean heritage

To hear Sharon sing go to


Sarah Clancy 

Sarah Clancy is from Galway City and has written two collections of poetry; Stacey and the Mechanical Bull (Lapwing Press Belfast 2011 ) and her current collection Thanks for Nothing Hippies (Salmon Poetry Cliffs of Moher 2012). Her poems have been widely published in Ireland and in translation in Mexico and Slovenia. She has won or been shortlisted in many Irish poetry competitions for both performance and page poetry and has recently begun to write and publish fiction.

Hear some of her poetry here:

Vicky Donnelly

Vicky Donnelly says she doesn’t know why she was asked to be part of the line-up this month but as two of her heroes are performing, she said yes. Her day job as a development education worker involves working with schools, youth and community groups on issues like racism and gender oppression. However the greatest chunk of learning about equality has come about as a parent of two boys. This evening Vicky will share some fictionalised accounts of adventures in the gender politics of parenting, and, if you’re sitting comfortably, will show slides from vintage Ladybird books that very helpfully set out ideas for How to be a Boy.

Anti Racism Complaint Upheld!

Our Anti Racism worker, Sharon Murphy, made a complaint regarding racist comments on the David Harvey show, Classic Hits 4FM. Her complaint was upheld!  Our congratulations to Sharon on this inspiring win.

Sharon explains, I was told by an acquaintance to listen to the new radio station, Classic Hits 4FM, ” they sound radical, not afraid to discuss uncomfortable issues” she said. Like what I asked? “Issues of the day, politics, immigration, banks defaulting, etc”. I tuned in during April 2013. It seemed to me whenever the topics of immigration, welfare, employment or housing were discussed it quickly became a justification for people to discuss the behaviour of minority groups. I was shocked and hurt by many of the insults that were aired i.e. “Africans should be sterilised” ”Nigerians are dirty”, which mostly went unchallenged by the presenter, David Harvey. I wondered, how is it that these offensive comments could be allowed to go unchallenged without any consequences? Over the next few months on behalf of the Galway One World Centre I decided to monitor the show. We sent our findings to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Thankfully they upheld our complaint. Sharon Murphy-Anti Racism Worker

Please find full statement by the Broadcasting Authority (page 4) BAI_October2013
As explained, in the statement, Sharon read a poem out on air about her feelings on the show, this was NOT a right of reply but we thought you might like to hear the poem, this time, Sharon has put it to music.


We have pleasure in inviting you to our AGM which will be held on Wednesday 16th October at 7pm at our office at 76 Prospect Hill, Galway.

Copies of the annual report and accounts for 2012 can be viewed/downloaded here:
If you are interested in getting involved in the governance of the GOWC, please give us a call or have a chat with us at the AGM.
Please send your R.S.V.P if you wish to attend to:
All welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

A Place To Be/Free Arts Evening

place to beOur next performance will be Thursday 10th October,  6.00pm -7.30 pm at Amnesty International Café, Galway, 2/3 Middle Street.  All welcome.

Line up for Thursday  10th October

Sharon Murphy will be the host of A Place to Be  and will also perform. Sharon is a singer/song writer whose music could be described as Irish -Soul folk music with reggae influences due to Sharon’s Caribbean heritage.


Marych O Sullivan – Sanford

Sings with the Lismorahaun Singers, a community choir based in Ballyvaughan, County Clare. She has been taking singing lessons from Archie Simpson, the choir’s founding conductor and inspirational singing teacher for the past ten years. Finding her voice at fifty has been one of the most surprising and exciting experiences of her life! She has her first solo CD coming out soon.

Noel Lennon

Noel is a pianist, musician, director, teacher, choral and orchestral conductor and founder of the Music Theatre West.

Pete Mullineaux

 Is a poet, playwright and songwriter, living in Galway. He works in development education, exploring global issues through drama and creative writing. His writing reflects a keen interest in music as well as a quirky personal-political response to life’s challenges.

Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2013

createCreate in partnership with Centre for Creative Practices and Galway Arts Centre

Date: October 5th

Time: 2pm- 4pm

Venue: Galway Arts Centre

The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2013: Arts and Cultural Diversity aims to support individual professional artists in any artform working in the field of arts and cultural diversity. This is the fourth year that the Arts Council has provided a €10,000 bursary award as part of the Artist in the Community Scheme, which is managed by Create, the national development agency.

The session will be led by Katherine Atkinson, Professional Development, Create with additional input from Dr Daniel Jewesbury, artist and researcher. Lead researcher on Cultural Diversity & the Arts: Towards a Policy (Arts Council 2009)

The Bursary Information session will cover a number of key areas:

What is a Bursary?  How can the learning from the Bursary be shared?

Practical information about applying; Definitions – cultural diversity and the arts; Context of cultural diversity; artistic and ethical implications

Last year’s recipient of the Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award Arts and Disability 2012 was theatre maker, Sophie Motley. She availed of the Award to explore new formats for accessible performance in tandem with exploring her own performance interests which include performance in unusual spaces; her overall aim was to explore further the circumstances which allow for ‘the creation of integrated performance practice methods which do not alienate a Disabled community and allow the non-disabled community to learn about and experience the performance in the same way as the Disabled community.

Information or queries to 01-4736600 or visit


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