Galway company making for a sustainable clean-up of World-famous festival

Walsh Waste sustainable approach to waste with Galway International Arts Festival

 Big Top recyclable cups, tonnes of cardboard and paper to be recycled with Oranmore headquartered recycling company Walsh Waste, ahead of the 42nd Galway International Arts Festival and the return of The People Build to Eyre Square, One Galway company is already thinking about the sustainable clean up.

Walsh Waste have been supplying the festival since the beginning with a single bin in 1978, this increased with the growth of the festival when they added portable toilets service and waste bins with the arrival of the Big Top to Fisheries Field. That was the beginning of their festival services which has grown over the years along with the Galway Arts festival.

Having supported the popular People Build since 2017, supplying thousands of cardboard boxes to recreate iconic Galway landscapes. The build sees everyone out building together. Last year Walsh Waste supplied about 4 tonnes of cardboard across two builds, and 100% of this cardboard was recycled.

They are back this year to look at how the festival recovers or recycles the waste generated at the festival. This Years Big Top along with Heineken will be using a fully recyclable cup which is a first.

“We are a long-time festival recycling partner and are committed to ensuring all waste is recovered or recycled. Walsh Waste moved away from using landfill as an outlet for mixed general waste / residual waste in 2011,” explained Managing Director of Walsh Waste, Gerard Walsh.

Now in 2019 Walsh Waste will again support the People Build, after It won the hearts of Festival audiences in 2016 & 2017, French artist, Olivier Grossetête, returns to Galway International Arts Festival with The People Build, a spectacular architectural event that has captured the imagination the world over. Encouraging a sense of community whereby the public can get involved, The People Build will see hundreds of volunteers creating a large-scale and highly ambitious structure solely from cardboard. It will take place from July 19-21 and is entirely free.

This year Grossetête and his team, together with hundreds of volunteers, will help transform cardboard boxes that will replicate an iconic Galway building and will be erected on Eyre Square.

This structure will be assembled on Friday July 19 and Saturday July 20 and as per last year, they will be demolished the day after on Sunday July 21.

“The thousands of cardboard boxes following the demolitions, everyone will be delighted to hear that 100% of the cardboard is recycled. It is our vision to continue providing our customers with the most sustainable recycling options, and in doing so change the way they think about their own recycling practices. We will achieve this through utilising only the most environmentally sound sources of disposal in the market. We are committed to achieving business success while leaving a positive imprint on society,” said Gerard.

It is estimated that almost 2 tonnes of cardboard will be used across the build. Once the structure has been demolished, Walsh Waste & Recycling will be on hand to take away the crushed cardboard to be recycled.

The 42nd Galway International Arts Festival is Ireland’s leading international arts Festival and runs from 15-28 July 2019.  See more at www.giaf.ie or at https://www.walshwaste.com/.

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People take to the two wheels for a food exploration around Galway

Food, Music and cycling combine for National Bike week

Galway’s westend along with Galway urban greenway alliance and Galway City Council hosted a cycle buffet to celebrate the food and cycling cultures of Galway for National Bike Week. To kick off the national festival in Galway, The Bike Buffet happened on Saturday 22nd June from 3pm.

Starting at 3pm from Ravens Terrace and finishing in Fr Burke Park at 6pm, the 2019 Bike Buffet explored Galway on two wheels. Led by the Galway Urban Greenway Alliance in conjunction with Galway City Council, participants enjoyed cycling safely around Galway and got the chance to eat with some of the westend’s favourite restaurants.

Working with eateries in Galway westend and FoodSpace Ireland, there were three courses served with a starter at the award-winning FoodSpace on the NUIG campus (All veg, fruits and herbs supplied by Presentation Primary School Garden), then a cycle to a secret location for an alfresco main course from Botown Craft Beers and Burgers. The cycle continued through Galway and finished at Fr Burke Park with a dessert by The Works Galway at Massimo. Sculptor Donnacha Cahill was on hand with a piece of his works at Fr Burke Park which also be doubling up to play some serious Tunes.

All information is on Galway’s westend social channels.

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Gaelforce West: Challenge at its Best

Competitors from all over Ireland answered the call and joined one of Ireland’s most Iconic Adventure Races.

Gaelforce West has led the way for adventure racing in Ireland since it started in 2006. This 68km race, took place on the 22nd of June and saw competitors run cycle and kayak from Connemara to Westport.

Starting on Glassilaun beach in Connemara at dawn and finishing in Westport town centre, taking in scenic parts of the Wild Atlantic Way. Along the stunning linear route, competitors kayaked across Killary Fjord, cycled through the Delphi valley and climbed Croagh Patrick.

The 68km route saw Shane Scully take first place in the male with a time of 3:23:32 and Laura O’Driscoll being the fasted woman on the route with 4:15:49.

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Bridget Gavin from Killary Gaelforce said “this race remains one of the most iconic adventure races in Ireland. It represents challenge, achievement and drive. For many adventure racers Gaelforce West is the ultimate badge of honour and the event brings people back year after year. It is a personal journey with some of the most dramatic scenery Ireland has to offer.”

This year 7 more people celebrated their 10th year at Gaelforce West, joining a circle of Gaelforce West legends from 2018. They received a specially designed Pro T-Shirt to mark this huge achievement.

Gaelforce West is the third event in the Gaelforce Adventure Series and some competitors have completed their tri-medal circle at this event. Others are holding out for the victory at Gaelforce North, on September 21st, where the winner of the annual series will be crowned.

gaelforce westGaelforce West is proudly supported by John West who will offer a variety of protein options to refuel after the race. “We are delighted to be sponsoring Gaelforce for the 4th year in a row as part of our campaign to fuel an active healthy lifestyle with our natural protein products. The event today was a pleasure to be at, as we met so many inspiring participants, many taking part for the 1st time, and their supporting families. We look forward to our next Gaelforce event in Kippure in August” said Anne-Claire Monde from John West.

In 2019 Gaelforce has teamed up with Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health as their charity partner. As part of the partnership participants can donate when registering for the event or become an Everyday Jigsaw Hero and raise vital funds for the charity.

More details at https://gaelforceevents.com/en/gaelforce-west-gaelforce-west

Conamara hill-village Cnoc Suain launches Kickstarter campaign

How a restored Conamara hill-village is increasing awareness and appreciation for culture, nature and biodiversity through innovation and creativity.

Cnoc Suain, a Cultural Retreat located in the Connemara Gaeltacht, is a sustainably restored hill village celebrating the culture and creativity of a people and place.

Founded twenty-four years ago by Dearbhaill Standún and Charlie Troy, it has achieved global recognition for providing a unique cultural experience for visitors to the Connemara area. Now together with their daughters, Dearbhaill and Charlie are about to further develop the project and establish a nature-inspired Creative Hub – an atmospheric, multidisciplinary space where nature and creativity can flourish.

This creative hub – to include a performance space/gallery/cafe and innovative nature-based learning technologies – will open up many new opportunities and possibilities for Cnoc Suain and Galway’s cultural landscape, while continuing to promote environmental awareness and sustainable tourism on its 200 acres of natural wilderness.

Cnoc Suain has won numerous national and international awards for innovative cultural experiences, sustainable restoration and environmental stewardship.

These awards include Best Cultural Experience at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards; The Guardian “World Ethical Travel Award; Travel & Leisure “Global Vision Award”; WRTA “World Responsible Tourism Award, Society of American Travel Writers “Phoenix Award; and Connemara Heritage Award.

Cnoc Suain Kickstarter Campaign

The founders of Cnoc Suain, teacher and musician, Dearbhaill and her husband Charlie, a natural scientist and teacher, were inspired to create this unique culture and nature retreat – their all-consuming life project – by their combined passion for Irish heritage, nature, creativity and experiential learning.

To fund the next phase of Cnoc Suain’s development and evolve further its vision for the future, a global crowdfunding campaign is being launched on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, running until June 26th.

See the Cnoc Suain Kickstarter Campaign

Irish company launches 4 day working week

ICE Group recognising evolving employee needs

When Forbes asked the question in March this year, is it time for a 4-day working week?  The world took notice and one Galway company took action.

Recognising the value of adopting more flexible ways of working to motivate, encourage and retain staff, ICE Group in Galway are now switching their business to a 4-day working week model. The award-winning Recruitment, Training and Outsourced HR and Payroll Business partner to many successful Irish and Multi-national organisations. With over 50 employees and an international client base of clients has identified the importance in the change of working environment when it comes to the traditional workspace.

The 4 Day Week (Project 475100) is an initiative that gives back to their extremely hard-working staff.

“Adapting the workplace to the employees needs will empower your workforce and we know will improve productivity and output.  We know that a happier and valued workforce will result in a positive working environment and company growth,” explained Margaret Cox Director of ICE Group.

“Working effectively now means working less and having a 3-day weekend enables people to have quality time outside of their job to do the things they want with the people they love. We value our employees and want to ensure that their quality of life both inside and out of work is as good as it can be.”

With offices in Galway, Dublin, Limerick, Sligo and Sydney, ICE Group serve a wide range of companies, including indigenous businesses, public services, Irish subsidiaries of multinationals and overseas organisations.

“How we do business is changing, this can only be viewed as a positive.  ICE Group adaptability for change is what we have built our company on since 1972.  We are growing a dynamic and vibrant multi-service company.  We view change as an opportunity for our further development.  Our commitment is a never-ending quest for perfection, providing even greater value and service to our customers and greater prosperity for each of us.  The adaption of a 4-day working week is yet another way in which we can grow and evolve our business to work for our employees and our clients.”

Research has shown that changing the work week so that staff have a 3-day week end, creates a more focused and energised staff.  ICE Group are convinced that this will have a benefit for their customers. With a team slogan for this project; ‘4-day work, 100% customer, the buy in is 100%.

Felim McDonnell, CEO of ICE Group explains why ICE Group is switching to a 4 day week. “The business we are in changes people’s lives. We give our customers opportunities to change their lives, now we have found a way to change our employee’s lives.

In terms of our Clients, the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.  They get that the service they receive from our team will enhance their own service requirements and consequently their profitability. One or two have joked about when they could join us.

From our employees point of view, the opportunity of a 3 day week-end and a four day working week, on the same pay, has generated many ideas for the extra day – “will I take up a new course, restart a hobby, learn to fly, bake more for my family?”.  We have also seen an increase in people applying for work with us as they are really motivated by this innovative initiative.”

Jillian, who is based in the Limerick office commented “I didn’t believe what I was hearing when Felim made the announcement – this means I can really enjoy my job and spend more time at home with my family and little girl.  Everyone is really delighted and very excited about all the possibilities to really manage our Work / Life / Family Balance.  It’s just amazing. We will have that Bank holiday buzz every week end and return to work energised and refreshed.”

For more information on ICE Group and the 4 day work week log onto www.4dayweek.ie or call 091-546700.

 

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Experience the Wild Atlantic Way: Run | Kayak | Cycle

Over 800 competitors expected to Connemara and Westport for one of Irelands most Iconic Adventure Races. Gaelforce West in partnership with John West has led the way for adventure racing in Ireland since it started in 2006.  This 66km race, taking place on the 22nd of June, starts on Glassilaun beach in Connemara at dawn and finishes in Westport town centre, taking in scenic parts of the Wild Atlantic Way. Along the stunning linear route competitors kayak across Killary Fjord, cycle through the Delphi valley and climb Croagh Patrick.

Bridget Gavin from Killary Gaelforce said “this race remains one of the most iconic adventure races in Ireland. It represents challenge, achievement and drive. For many adventure racers Gaelforce West is the ultimate badge of honour and the event brings people back year after year. It is a personal journey with some of the most dramatic scenery Ireland has to offer.”

gaelforce westIt is the third event in the Gaelforce Adventure Series and some competitors will complete their tri-medal circle at this event. Others are holding out for the victory at Gaelforce North, on September 21st, where the winner of the annual series will be crowned.

For any spectators the Killary Fjord is a good vantage point as the transition from run to kayaks takes place here. Additionally, in close proximity is the newly open 2km looped Killary Coastal Park which leads people straight to the edge of the Fjord. The Misunderstood Heron, voted in the Top 10 of the world’s coolest food trucks by Lonely Planet, will be open on-site too.

Gaelforce West is proudly supported by John West who will offer a variety of protein options to refuel after the race.

In 2019 Gaelforce has teamed up with Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental health as their charity partner. As part of the partnership participants can donate when registering for the event or become an Everyday Jigsaw Hero and raise vital funds for the charity.

More details at https://gaelforceevents.com/en/gaelforce-west-gaelforce-west

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Film projects granted investment to generate more than €4m spend across the West of Ireland

A €2m regional fund set up to encourage the film, television drama, animation and gaming sectors in the West of Ireland is today announcing the projects which have received offers of support since it was announced at the end of 2017.

The Western Region Audiovisual Producer’s Fund — or WRAP Fund — is a unique initiative of the Western Development Commission (WDC) and the Galway Film Centre and was set up to stimulate the industry in the western region.

Its aim is to support local talent and increase the economic impact of the industry in the region. Run in association with the local authorities of Clare, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo as well as Údarás na Gaeltachta, WRAP will ensure investment in the sector until 2020.

The WRAP Fund is also the only funding project in the Republic of Ireland which is open to the games sector. The deadline for applications for funding in the games sector was March 8, 2019 and an announcement of the games funded will follow once they are selected.

As part of its production investment, WRAP has supported five projects to date including three feature films, one animated feature and one documentary which will undertake production across the West, creating opportunities for local talent.

It is anticipated that the projects backed by WRAP funding so far will generate in excess of €4m spend in the region generating a significant return of investment of 8:1.

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Behind the scenes on ‘The Winter Lake’

The newly-announced projects are:

  • Death of A Ladies Man, by Cohen Productions DAC/Port Pictures, which will start shooting across Galway in late May
  • Ooops! Back In The Deep End, an animated feature by Moetion Films which is in production in Galway City
  • Screamers, a documentary by Dot Television and Marcie Films, which is in pre-production and will be shot across Donegal and Sligo.
  • The Winter Lake, by Winter Lake Productions/Tailored Films, which has just completed production in Sligo.

These projects are in addition to the previously-announced Calm With Horses, which was shot in Clare and across Galway city and county and is currently in post-production.

In addition to its production investment, WRAP is announcing the recipients of the first round of development investment to assist local producers to develop projects that can undertake production within the region. This was as a result of a call out with a deadline of October 2018. Companies based in Clare, Donegal, Galway and Mayo have received support. These are:

  • To Hell Or Hibernia: a feature film developed by Mayo production company Hardy Films and written by Mike Cockayne (Mayo) and Vincent Cleghorne
  • Trace: a feature film developed by Galway production company Magamedia and written by Ray Lawlor (Mayo)
  • St. John: a television series developed by Galway production company Danú Media and Dearg Films and written by Brian Reddin
  • Weekend: a television series developed by Donegal production company Slipway Films and New Decade TV and written by Tara Hegarty (Donegal)
  • The Wee Littles: an animated television series developed by Clare animation studio Magpie6 Media, created by Cliff Parrott (Clare) and Christina O’Shea (Clare) and written/directed by Emma Hogan (Clare)

Sarah Dillon, Development Manager of the WRAP Fund, said:

“We are delighted to be announcing the projects in receipt of investment and it is exciting to see the caliber of applications we are receiving. This is reflective of the general standard over the last few years in Irish film, television and animation with Irish talent making its mark on a global stage at the world’s leading film festivals. WRAP is delighted to give a platform to local talent telling stories. WRAP is focused on continuing to drive the success and growth of the screen industries in the West through targeted strategic support with the backing of our stakeholders.”

Tomás Ó Síocháin, CEO of Western Development Commission, said:

Developing the audio visual sector as part of the Creative Economy is a key goal of the recently published 5 year strategy for the WDC. As the lead agency for the Creative Economy under the Government’s West Regional Enterprise Plan, we already see the benefits a dedicated fund such as the WRAP fund can bring to a region: high-caliber projects adding €4m extra spend to the local economy together with invaluable training and experience for local talent interested in working in this industry.”

Alan Duggan, Manager of Galway Film Centre, said:

“The WRAP Fund is a game-changing initiative for the region in terms of the opportunities it provides to talent across film, TV, animation and games. It also represents a unique collaboration between the eight local authorities, Galway Film Centre and the WDC, each with the foresight to support the Audiovisual Sector at a time of unprecedented opportunity for the region.”

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The Knot Worldwide to establish Operations Centre creating 100 jobs in Galway

The Knot Worldwide, the largest global wedding planning company, today announced it will establish an Operations Centre in Galway, creating circa 100 job opportunities over the next few years. The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

With a company vision of helping every couple in the world plan a wedding that is uniquely their own, The Knot Worldwide is positioned to innovate and accelerate growth in the global wedding industry through The KnotWeddingWireBodas, and its family of preeminent wedding and lifestyle brands. Led by CEO Tim Chi, The Knot Worldwide delivers leading wedding marketplaces, wedding websites, planning tools, registry services and more—for free—to over 20 million monthly unique visitors in 15 countries across the globe.

Through its global wedding planning brands, The Knot Worldwide has more than 40 years of experience combined and has helped more than 40 million couples plan their weddings. Engaged couples worldwide will plan and celebrate their special day by benefitting from the company’s extensive and inspirational content, registry services, free wedding planning tools, and access to over 700,000 local vendors with 7 million global reviews. Wedding professionals, retailers and national brands will benefit from enhanced advertising and marketing reach to the expansive global wedding audience, as well as industry-leading tools and analytics to help grow their businesses.

Speaking at today’s announcement in Galway, Jessica Finnefrock, Executive Vice President of Global Business Operations for The Knot Worldwide, said, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to expand our global footprint with a new office in Galway. We’ve been extremely impressed with the talent from this city, are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the IDA and the city of Galway, and are excited for the invaluable work this team will do to help our local wedding business professionals better connect with couples and ultimately grow their businesses.”

Sean Kyne TD, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, welcomed the announcement, saying: “The Knot Worldwide is a long established company, a global leader in its field and its decision to locate in here is a further endorsement for Galway as a prime location in the areas of marketing, advertising and analytics. I would also like to compliment both the IDA and the Portershed in keeping Galway at the forefront of these areas through the delivering of projects such as The Knot Worldwide.”

IDA Ireland’s Executive Director, Mary Buckley, said: “This decision by The Knot Worldwide to establish its International Operations Centre in Galway to serve its global markets is a welcome and significant investment for the West region, offering some 100 new roles that will enhance the skillsets base around digital marketing and content writing in the region.  I believe Galway, with its vibrant and growing technology ecosystem, will be a great fit for The Knot Worldwide. I wish the company every success with its operations here.”

The new roles will include content writers, community forum support and customer support staff. For more information on these roles, go to: https://www.theknotww.com/careers/#job-opening

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Killary Coastal Park – Now open to the public

The Killary Coastal Park is a newly built 2km looped coastal walk located on the grounds of Killary Adventure Company in Leenane, Co. Galway.

Things to know about the Killary Coastal Park

  • Where: Killary Adventure Co, Leenane, Co. Galway, Ireland, H91 PY61
  • Cost: Free to use for individuals and small groups
  • Opening times: All year round
  • Parking: Free at the car park at the start of the walk
  • Terrain: Rough underfoot, not suitable for buggies

A bit about the trail

This coastal trail brings walkers down to the shores of the Killary Fjord where they can enjoy stunning views. From the northern shore of Killary Fjord rises Mweelrea, the highest mountain in Connacht. To the south, there is a most imposing panorama of Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens.  There is a vast array of bird and wildlife to be found on the Fjord including Heron, barnacle goose, mallard duck, mute swan, seals, otters, and dolphins.

There are art installations along the route; a chain saw carving of the prow of a Viking Long Ship done by Limerick artist Will Fogarty and a 3m x 2m Oak frame which will frame some of the most dramatic scenery in Ireland, as the weather changes so does the picture!  There are information boards on the local flora and fauna painted by artist Rachel Craig, and of the geology and history of the Fjord.

The trail is free to use with a car park located just beside the start of the path. Shane Young of Killary Adventure Co. says “It is a stunning new amenity for the Leenane and Connemara region. We are lucky to have land available to use for such a facility.”

The path, although rough underfoot and not suitable for buggies, is perfect for families and walkers of all ages. It is also one of the few walking paths in Connemara on which dogs are welcome.

Onsite Food Truck Misunderstood Heron

The Misunderstood Heron food truck; recently voted one of the top 10 coolest food trucks in the world by the Lonely Planet, is located near the start of the walk making this a great destination.

The path could not have been built without the support and funding from the BIM flags grant.

For more information have a look here: www.killaryadventure.com/en/killary-coastal-park

 

Adventure Racing showcasing Connemara in a new light

Gaelforce Connemara in partnership with John West is opening up Connemara’s back yard for people keen to test their endurance and adventure spirit. The event formerly known as Connemara Adventure Challenge takes place on May 4th 2019 in Leenane, Co Galway.

gaelforce westCelebrating its 10-year anniversary the team at Gaelforce have introduced a new distance to this stunning route. The new 27km Mini distance offers the same magical scenery but skips the mountain. Making it the ideal introduction for anyone wanting to venture into the world of adventure racing.

The full 32km distance will see participants climb on the foothills of the Maamturk mountains to an elevation of 342m. Participants will explore Connemara by bike, foot and kayak taking in varied views of this magical setting.

Gaelforce Connemara is one of the original Gaelforce races and always a favourite. Bridget Gavin, who participated in the event before taking on a role at Gaelforce says: ”It is my favourite of all the adventure races and is definitely the one that got me hooked. Gaelforce Connemara is a totally achievable race.” Her tip for any participants is: “Don’t forget to stop every so often and look around!”

It is shaping to be a busy weekend in the locality of Leenane with the Connemara Mountain Walking Festival on at the same weekend, which makes it the ideal setting for a mixed group looking for an active Bank Holiday weekend. There are also plenty of activities for all the family such as the 2km looped Killary Coastal Park including a pit stop at the Misunderstood Here, voted in the Top 10 of the world’s coolest food trucks by Lonely Planet.

Gaelforce Connemara is proudly supported by John West who will offer a variety of protein options to refuel after the race.

gaelforce westIn 2019 Gaelforce has teamed up with Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth and Mental health as their charity partner. As part of the partnership, participants can donate when registering for the event or become an Everyday Jigsaw Hero and raise vital funds for the charity.

More details at https://gaelforceevents.com/en/connemara-adventure-challenge-connemara-adventure-challenge

 

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