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Upcycling centre transforms the old and unwanted

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Galway’s first upcycling centre has been launched at the Galway Artisan Workshop on Sandy Road.

Upcycling is reusing waste without destroying it in order to form something new. It is more energy efficient than recycling, as recycling takes waste products, breaks them down, then forms them into something new, whereas with upcycling you’re creating something new without all the breaking down.

Social Enterprise Development Officer at the Galway City Partnership, Eileen Lauster, explained that if you have a piece of furniture that you’d like to keep, but want to update, for example with different fabrics, you take it into the centre where you can then consult with professionals and have your piece of furniture redesigned.

Eileen said: “Galway was the only major city in Ireland that didn’t have an upcycling centre. I’m happy to say that this is no longer the case.” She said the “centre is based on what’s worked across Europe”, so they are very confident about the project.

The furniture upcycling is done by William Sheppard, who has many years of upholstery experience and skills. As well as providing this service to the public, he is also training others.

You can also purchase clothes in the centre from ‘Sew Last Season’ – a public sewing room located in Ozanam House, St Augustine Street  which was set up to teach people how to sew, mend and upcycle. They are supported by St Vincent de Paul who provides the workspace and materials.

Helen Garvey, fashion and textile designer of ‘Sew Last Season’ explained: “Not all of the donated garments can be sold in the Vincent de Paul shop and this is where we come in; embellishing, mending and sometimes completely transforming garments into ladies, childrenswear and accessories.”

They also provide workshops on how to upcycle, redesign, mend, repair and how to use a sewing machine.

The Galway Artisan Workshop is a social enterprise project of Galway City Partnership. Their aim is to tackle disadvantage and social exclusion, focusing particularly on those who are long term unemployed.

As well as providing something that is beneficial to the environment, it also provides working opportunities and a chance to build skills for people on different schemes such as the Tús Programme.

The centre is located in Galway Artisan Workshop, Unit 11a on Sandy Road and is open on Mondays from 10-2, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10-4 and Fridays from 10am-12pm.

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€46,000 Lotto winner comes forward as deadline looms

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Knocknacarra winner of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus from the 12th of December has come forward to claim their prize, just two weeks before the claim deadline.

The winning ticket, which is worth €46,234, was sold at Clybaun Stores on the Clybaun Road on the day of the draw, one of two winners of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €92,000.

A spokesperson for the National Lottery say we are now making arrangements for the lucky winner to make their claim in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the Lotto jackpot for tomorrow night (27th February) will roll to an estimated €5.5 million.

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Voice of ‘Big O’ reflects on four decades

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The daytime voice of Big O Taxis is celebrating four decades in the role – and she has no plans to hang up her headset any time soon.

Roisin Freeney decided to seek a job after staying at home to mind her three children for over a decade. It was 1981 when she saw an advert in the Connacht Sentinel for a dispatch operator.

The native of Derry recalls that the queue for the job wound its way past Monroe’s Tavern from the taxi office on Dominick Street.

“There was a great shortage of work back then. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the line of people. My then husband who was giving me a lift in never thought I’d get the job, he was driving on past and I said, let me off.

“I got it because I worked as a telephonist in the telephone exchange in Derry. But I was terrified starting off because I hadn’t been in the work system for so long.”

Back then Big O Taxis had only 25 drivers and just a single line for the public to book a cab.

“We had an old two-way radio, you had to speak to the driver and everybody could listen in. It was easy to leave the button pressed when it shouldn’t be pressed. People heard things they shouldn’t have – that’s for sure,” laughs Roisin.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of Róisín’s story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Baby boom puts strain on Galway City secondary schools

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A baby boom in the late 2000s has left parents of sixth class pupils in Galway City scrambling to find a secondary school place for their children next September – with over 100 children currently facing the prospect of rejection from city schools.

The Department of Education is now rushing to address the issue and confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was fully aware of increasing pressure and demand on city schools

Local councillor Martina O’Connor said there were 100 more children more than there were secondary school places for next year, and warned that this would put severe pressure on schools to increase their intake numbers.

“This will put a lot of pressure on schools because they will have been working out the number of teachers and what resources they would need in October or November last year and they could be facing a situation where they will be asked to take an additional eight or 10 students.

“There would normally be a small excess – maybe two or three – but this year, it’s over 100. There is a bigger number of children in sixth class this year and there will be the same issue for the next few years,” said the Green Party councillor.

A Department spokesperson said while there were capacity issues, factors other than numbers could be at play, adding that there were approximately 1,245 children in the city due to move onto secondary school in September.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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