Galway Convergence 2015

‘Transformative Power’

– Community Energy and Cooperative Efforts

Tuesday – Oct 20th / 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Venue: Kitchen Cafe, Galway City Museum

Recognising the need for an urgent and deep cultural shift towards more equitable and sustainable ways of life, this event wishes to empower and inspire community culture and conversation with successful cultural and co-operative stories from

Dara Molloy, of the Aran Islands Energy Co Operative, Comharchumann Fuinneamh Oileáin Arainn,

Eimhin David Callahan Birr 2020 and founder of the Birr Community Growery,

Mark Boyle founder of An Teach Saor and author of ‘Moneyless Manifesto’,

Eithne Verling Director of the Galway City Museum and Coordinator of Galway’s Cultural Strategy for 2025,

Prof Terrence McDonough of the Galway City Community Network and founder of MA in Advocacy and Activism at NUIG,

Kevin Flanagan Artist CWF,

Chair Ann Lyons Community Knowledge Initiative NUIG

Curator Martina Finn


With a focus on collaboration, culture and civil society networks, we aim to explore how Galway can embrace more participatory co-operative politics and commons approaches in developing and supporting sustainable cultural strategies.

In addition we will be presenting artist Seoidin O’Sullivan’s ‘Seating System’ and commons platform as a central public interactive site, to test the potential to offer a place where a collaborative commons and new ways of thinking and new ways of sharing ideas can occur, as part of an ongoing participatory art project on the commons by Collaborative Ways and Third Space Galway


‘Beyond Grants’ – Financing Social Enterprise and Co-operatives
Tuesday Oct 20th / 10am to 1pm

Venue: Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUIG, Upper Newcastle Rd (Turn off for Corrib Village)

‘Beyond Grants’ – Financing Social Enterprise and Co-operatives’

As part of Convergence 2015 – Galway City Partnership is co-hosting this workshop to help local co-operatives and social and community enterprises consider more sustainable financing models and approaches to raise capital.

To register –
For more information contact Margaret Leahy at



The events are organised by Third Space Galway, Transition Galway, and Collaborative Ways

For more details on the Galway festival programme visit or contact

For the National Prorgramme visit

For further information on guests visit for this event see –

Dara Molloy –

Eimhin David Shortt

Mark Boyle



some Pictures from the recent conference