Environment News

City Gardens Recognised – Galway Tidy Towns Garden Competition 2018

  • Tue 13 Nov, 2018
  • Environment News
The winners of the annual Galway City Tidy Towns Garden Competition were honoured this week at an Awards ceremony in the Connacht Hotel. The Tidy Towns Garden Competition is organised on an annual basis to recognise the efforts of residents, commercial organisations and public buildings to maintain and enhance the appearance of their gardens, estates, and public areas.

Washing Machine Cleans Up - Sew Scary Halloween Costume Competition 2018

  • Fri 9 Nov, 2018
  • Environment News
Washing Machine Cleans Up - Sew Scary Halloween Costume Competition 2018 Galway City Council is delighted to announce the winners of the Sew Scary Halloween Costume Competition, which ran as part of Reuse Month in October 2018. The overall primary school winner was Caoimhe Callaghan, from Scoil Cholmcille Naofa Castlegar, with her washing machine costume, made from old boxes, detergent cartons and Velcro. The third level overall...

Christmas Decoration Competition 2018

  • Tue 6 Nov, 2018
  • Environment News
Can you make something magical out of something old? Make a Christmas decoration out of recycled materials (egg shells, cardboard, newspapers, plastic bottles, milk cartons, old clothes etc.) to be in with a chance to win!  

Galway City Gardens Shine in spite of Summer Drought - Tidy Towns Garden Competition 2018 Results Announced

  • Tue 9 Oct, 2018
  • Environment News
The annual Galway City Tidy Towns Garden Competition results were announced today. The competition is organised by Galway City Council on annual basis to recognise the efforts of residents, commercial organisations and public buildings to maintain and enhance the appearance of their gardens, estates, and public areas. The overall winner of the Front Garden Competition was Patrick O'Connell, St James Crescent, Mervue. The Best First Time...

Loving Galway Festival - Programme now available!

  • Thu 13 Sep, 2018
  • Environment News
Galway City Council is very proud to be part of the first sustainability festival ‘Loving Galway’, from 20-30th September 2018. The programme is now available to download.  

It’s Not In our Nature – Is it in Yours? Let’s tackle illegal dumping!

  • Thu 16 Aug, 2018
  • Environment News
To continue to tackle illegal dumping, an integrated campaign using social media, local radio and press was delivered in 9 counties in the Connacht Ulster Waste Region over the summer. This campaign supported the ongoing efforts of local authorities in cleaning up illegally dumped waste material. To date numerous clean ups have taken place. Gary McMahon of Galway City Council said, ‘Over the past number of months we have targeted...

Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Níall McNelis launches 2018 gum litter campaign

  • Fri 20 Jul, 2018
  • Environment News
Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Níall McNelis officially launched the Gum Litter Taskforce’s gum litter education campaign in Galway City this week. The Gum Litter Taskforce has been successful to date in changing the public’s behaviour by encouraging correct gum disposal through a targeted education awareness campaign and demonstrates the power of government and industry alliance in driving positive change. The...

Celebrate ‘Green and Blue’ Spaces at the first Loving Galway Festival!

  • Thu 19 Jul, 2018
  • Environment News
The first ‘Loving Galway’ sustainability festival will run from the 20-30th of September 2018, in celebration of the ‘Green and Blue’ spaces breathing life into Galway City. The festival is a unique collaboration between Galway City Council, Galway City Community Network, NUI Galway, LAWCO, Galway Environmental Network, Youth Work Ireland Galway, Green-Schools, Galway Waterways, and community and environmental groups...

Mattress Amnesty For Galway City Householders - Saturday 21st July, 2018

  • Mon 16 Jul, 2018
  • Environment News
Have you an old mattress you want to dispose of? Bring your unwanted mattresses to the Civic Amenity Site, for free disposal - Saturday 21st July, 2018, 8.00am to 12.30pm.

It’s Not In our Nature – Is it in Yours? Let’s tackle illegal dumping!

  • Mon 2 Jul, 2018
  • Environment News
A new anti-dumping awareness campaign It’s Not in Our Nature – Is it in Yours for the Connacht Ulster Waste Region was launched last week by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD. The aim of the campaign is to create awareness on issues around illegal dumping, as significant funding has been made available by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment to...

SeaFest Supporters - Galway Businesses say ‘No to Plastic’ in our seas

  • Fri 15 Jun, 2018
  • Environment News
Businesses across Galway are saying ‘No to Plastic’ in our oceans to support SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival taking place in Galway Harbour from 29th June to 1st July. This year, the festival aims to highlight the impact of plastics in our oceans, with a particular focus on reducing single-use plastics on the festival site. The initiative is organised by the Marine...

Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters

  • Thu 17 May, 2018
  • Environment News
Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use.  To help with this process, Galway City Council are asking people who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers to tell them if they think they should maintain existing designated bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used...

Businesses invited to become Supporters of Sea Fest 2018

  • Wed 16 May, 2018
  • Environment News
Sea Fest 2018 (29 June to 1st July) will be a plastic free site, with a particular focus on single use plastics. Businesses are invited to become Supporters of Sea Fest 2018 by taking on actions to reduce single use plastics.

Green Your Gathering - Sustainability in Festivals, Meetings and Events

  • Wed 9 May, 2018
  • Environment News
Over 60 festival and event planners met in Galway on the 19th of April 2018 to discuss how to make Irish festivals, meetings and events more environmentally sustainable. The ‘Green Your Gathering’ seminar was organised by Galway City Council, as part of the European Green Leaf designation, in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, European Region of Gastronomy and Galway2020.

Growing in Small Spaces, Finding in Wild Spaces Seminar 26.04.2018

  • Fri 27 Apr, 2018
  • Environment News
Over 50 attendees learned how grow food in small spaces, and find food in wild spaces in a seminar in the Harbour Hotel on Thursday 26th April 2018. Speakers Mark Ridsdill-Smith of Vertical Veg (UK) and Kathleen McMahon of Blackriver Wild Foods in Headford, shared their vast experience of growing food in small gardens and balconies, and identifying edible berries and plants growing in the wild around Galway. This event was organised as part...

Bituminous 'Smoky' Coal in Galway City - DON'T BUY or BURN it

  • Mon 8 Jan, 2018
  • Environment News
If you do, you are contributing to the creation of an environmental and health hazard in your community and your city. You are also breaking the law! Fines of up to €5,000 apply under the Air Pollution Act, 1987 and the Air Pollution Act (Marketing, Sale, Distribution and Burning of Specified Fuels) Regulations, 2012.

Christmas Tree Recycling

  • Thu 14 Dec, 2017
  • Environment News
Galway City Council wish to advise members of the public that a "Christmas Tree Recycling Service" will be provided on: Saturday 6th January 2018 between 09:00 and 15:00 and from: Monday 8th January to Saturday 13th January 2018 between 09:00 and 15:00

Draft Galway City Council (Street Performance and Busking) Byelaws 2017

  • Thu 9 Nov, 2017
  • Environment News
NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that Galway City Council in exercise of the powers conferred on them by the provisions of Part 19 of the Local Government Act 2001, as amended by the Local Government Reform Act, 2014 propose to make Street Performance and Busking Bye-Laws for the Administrative and Functional Area of Galway City. These Bye Laws incorporate the provision of Street Performance (Prohibited Periods) Bye-Laws 2011.

Managing your Waste Caring for Our Environment - 2017 Anti-Dumping Initiative

  • Wed 8 Nov, 2017
  • Environment News
The 2017 Anti-Dumping Initiative campaign was launched by Minister Denis Naughton, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in Ballinasloe on Monday 13th March, 2017. The aim of the initiative is to provide funding for projects tackling illegal dumping including the provision of support for monitoring and surveillance of dumping blackspots and the development of an integrated community based and effective approach to...

Community Gardens Harvest Celebration Seminar Announced

  • Wed 11 Oct, 2017
  • Environment News
European Green Leaf, European Region of Gastronomy and Galway City Partnership are delighted to invite food growers and garden-enthusiasts to the Community Gardens Harvest Celebration Seminar, on Friday 20th of October 2017, from 2-5pm in the Harbour Hotel. Speakers include Charles Dowding, proponent of 'No Dig' gardening, regular guest on BBC radio & television; Dr Colin Sage, University College Cork & Cork Food Policy Council; Dee...