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“Creative Christmas” - Creative Ireland Project

“Creative Christmas” - Creative Ireland Project


-Community Groups across all of Galway City come together to work with local artists to create a “Together while apart” approach project

The Creative Ireland Programme offered an additional one off funding opportunity to each local authority.  As a result of this funding Galway City Council funded a project called ‘Creative Christmas’  This  project involves community groups engaging with a local artists in decorating their own Christmas trees and for those trees to be displayed across the City.    

This project has reached higher levels of engagement than anticipated, it started off during level 5 restrictions which wasn’t an easy task but the fantastic response from the Community Groups and our local artists has led to some phenomenal projects. The Community Groups and Artists engaged so well that both sides got a lot from this project. 

Cllr. Mike Cubbard, Mayor of Galway City said “This Creative Christmas project could not have come at a better time for Community Groups.  In these times of not seeing each other, the engagement that was achieved from the Community Groups and the Artists touched and uplifted lives during this pandemic, I am looking forward to seeing all the finished masterpieces around the City”.

The community groups are from all areas of the City, to ensure a “together while apart” approach under the current restrictions. 

Please see below the full list of groups, artists and locations of their trees:




Third Space Galway

Jane Hanberry

Art in Mind Studio,  Liosban Industrial Estate

Ballinfoile Castlegar Community Centre

Brendan Savage

Ballinfoile Church

Serve The City

Anne O Byrne

Eyre Square Shopping Centre

Junior Chamber International

Ronan Connor

Eyre Square Shopping Centre

Galway Traveller Movement

Glenn Gibson

Eyre Square Shopping Centre


Emma O' Toole

Eyre Square Shopping Centre

Galway Autism Partnership

Sabina Niguez

Galway City Museum

Link Galway

Jackie Roantree

Galway City Museum

Ability West - Croi Lar

James Fleming

Galway City Museum

Cope - Glenoaks

Sona Smedkova

Glen Oaks Hotel, Galway

Cope - Fairgreen

Margaret Nolan

Jury's Inn Galway

Community Wellness

Teresa Ward



Katie Burke



Tory Irvine


Ballybane Afterschool Club

Vicky Smith

Ballybane Church

Cosain CLG

Noel Arrigan


Westside Community Garden

Billy Murray

Peter Murphy, Westside

Ability West - St. Joseph's Training Centre

Phillida Eves

St. Joseph's Training Centre, Newcastle, Galway

Ability West - Cois na Coille

Colette MacAodha

The Ardilaun Hotel

Down Syndrome Ireland

Yvette  Picque

The House Hotel, Galway


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