Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fundraising Table Quiz a huge success!

Last Tues evening, 26th of June saw Croí na Gaillimhe hold their very first fundraiser table quiz in Lohan's in Salthill which was a huge success!
Our wonderful MC Kevin, had everyone entertained for the night, while Lohan's did a top notch job of looking after everyone and providing some delicious food.

Mostly though we'd like to thank everyone who showed up on the night to support us-we were overwhelmed and delighted with the turnout and didn't expect so many people to turn up-apologies if space was a little tight!

Also, a big thank you to all our sponsors who helped us enormously by donating prizes-Dunnes Stores, Supervalu, Milano, Arabica on Dominick St, Charlie Byrne's, Anthony Ryan's, Griffin's Bakery and Tearooms, McCambridges and Kelly's Bar and Restaurant. The support of local businesses is vital to fundraising and we can't thank them enough for their support and generosity.

All monies raised  will go towards the Croí na Gaillimhe sustainability fund-a vital source of income for the resource centre so we can keep providing all our wonderful programmes and courses to the disadvantaged in our community.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Table Quiz

Just a quick reminder that our table quiz fundraiser is taking this evening at 8pm in Lohans Cafe Bar Restaurant Salthill!

Tickets are €10 per person. There is also free finger food and lots of great prizes to be won!

Thanks again to everyone who has promised to come along - we are really looking forward to seeing you there.

And a sincere 'Thank You' to all the businesses who donated prizes; including Arabica, McCambridgesCharlie Byrnes, Ryans Homestores, Kellys Galway,  Milano, Griffins Bakery, Dunnes Stores and Super Valu. Sounds fantastic eh?

It promises to be a fun night and all proceeds go towards helping keep all the wonderful programmes at Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre up and running. See ye there!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Fundraising Table Quiz

Tomorrow evening sees Croí na Gaillimhe hold their first fundraising Table Quiz at Lohan's Bar & Restaurant in Salthill. The quiz starts at 8pm and there will be lots of great prizes and fun to  be had for all!

A table of fopur costs €40 but don't worry, smaller tables are also fine.
We're really looking forward to it and hope that some of you can make it!

All support appreciated :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Photos from the Living Scenes End of Year Event

Here we have a small selection of photos taken at the Living Scenes End of Year Event 2012. 


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Young and Older Learning From Each Other

We have had a truely fantastic year with the Living Scenes Programme. New friendships formed and tight bonds developed between all participants as they came together for our first ever Living Scenes Christmas extravaganza!! And, the creative side of many came to the fore as they made some very unusual but amazing costumes from newspaper.

And all of this was before they embarked on the creative writing and art modules!!

After such a busy year, we really miss meeting the group every Tuesday morning, but we are already looking forward to meeting our new participants next September!

The below article about the Living Scenes Intergenerational Programme appeared in the Galway City Tribune on Friday 8th June.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Celebrating the Bealtaine Festival at Croí na Gaillimhe

The Bealtaine Festival, which ran nationwide during the month of May was huge success and here at Croí na Gaillimhe-we were delighted to be able to be a part of it all.

On May 8th, we held our very first 'origami workshop', hosted by the lovely Yoshimi Hayakawa of The Wa Cafe. This was a rare opportunity to learn about the traditional and intricate Japanese art of papermaking.

It was a beautiful afternoon with a big turn-out and we can't thank Yoshimi enough for lending her time and sharing her skills with us.

On May 9th, the renowned Galway poet and writer, Kevin Higgins paid a visit to the centre to give a literary event to remember.
Kevin is the co-organiser of 'The Edge' which hosts a range of diverse literary events throughout the city and also facilitates poetry workshops at The Galway Arts Centre.
Aswell as being the resident poetry critic for The Galway Advertiser, he was the founding co-editor of 'The Burning Bush' literary magazine.
He has won several awards such as the Cúirt Festival Poetry Grand Slam in 2003 and was awarded a literature bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland in 2005.

We were lucky that depsite Kevin's busy schedule, he was able to join us at the centre for a special literary event where he read several reading and excerpts from his catalogue of critically acclaimed work.

The Bealtaine Festival and organisation are co-ordinated by 'Age & Opportunity' which is supported by the National Organisation working to promote greater participation by older people in society.
For more information, please visit

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fundraiser Table Quiz

Fundraising Table Quiz in aid of Croí na Gaillimhe
Fundraising Table Quiz in aid of Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre at Lohan's Bar and Restaurant, Salthill Tuesday June 26th at 8pm. 

Come down, have the craic and win some amazing spot prizes! 

Fun night guaranteed and you'll be helping to support a wonderful cause in the process!

Table of 4 is €40. €10 per person.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A New Conversation for Men

The Men’s Development Network is providing a training day at Croi na Gaillimhe on Thursday 14th June from 10am - 4pm. The training is aimed at all those who are working to support or engage men in relation to issues impacting on their lives and health. 

If you are interested in the programme then please contact Loretta on 091 - 895203.

You can also register for the programme by contacting The Men’s Development Network Ltd on  051-844260 /  051-844261. They are also available online at
  Can You or Your Service

Fundraising in Challenging Times Programme

A fantastic opportunity has just become available to us at Croí na Gaillimhe; we are organising a 1/2 day 'Fundraising Training' programme which will be delivered by the Wheel. All bookings for the programme cam be made through the Wheel and the programme is subject to numbers. The course details are below.


Fundraising in Challenging Times:

Galway - 26 June 2012

Training provider:          The Wheel
Date and Time:             Tuesday 26th June from 9:00am - 1:00pm (Registration at 8.45am)
Venue:                         Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre,  1 Mill Street
Price details:                €45 Euro for Members of The Wheel / €80 Euro Non-Members

Fundraising is a personal and organisational effort, combine those efforts to create positive difference to your fundraising activities.

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."

Course details: 
These are tough times for fundraisers. Earned income and funding grants are in decline and the future often looks uncertain. The difference between fundraising success and failure these days hinges upon our ability to adapt and innovate to this changing environment. This fundraising workshop has been specifically designed to harness those very key skills.

By using the multi-disciplined approach of Training, Coaching and Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), this workshop will stimulate participants to focus on areas of development within themselves, their team and organisation. This experiential workshop will focus on ideas, innovation, partnership and business development in order to help you achieve your fundraising goals even in these challenging times.

Workshop Outline
The workshop will be delivered in two parts:

      Part 1 - Dynamic Business Model

The first part of the workshop focuses on introducing a dynamic business model to your organisation. Demonstrate your value to your beneficiaries and funders while capturing the impact of your success. This section of the workshop will also highlight where you can make improvements in the way you work and highlighting your strengths while maximising your potential.
Learning Outcomes
The following key concepts for your New Business Model will be explored:
  • Value Proposition
  • Positioning
  • Strategic Partners
  • Key Activities
  • Key Resources
  • Channels
  • Customer Segments
  • Cost Structure
  • Revenue Streams

      Part 2 - Ideas & Innovation

The second part of the workshop focuses on what it takes to generate new ideas, on being resourceful and the ways to implement that success on a personal and organisational level.
Learning Outcomes
Attendees will learn how to apply innovative new fundraising techniques in the following areas:
  • Social Media
  • Cross Promotion
  • Practical examples that will work for you
  • Going back to the Basics.
They will also discover the Ideas Box, which will teach them about:
  • How opportunities present themselves
  • Striking while idea is hot
  • Note taking and recording
  • Where ideas happen
  • Famous idea note takers
  • Filing ideas
  • Making it happen
  • Execution.
Who Should Attend: 
This course is suitable for fundraisers, finance managers, CEOs, managers, senior staff and board members.

How to Register:
 You can register for the programme either by visting the Wheel website for the course or by phoning 010 454 8727 for further information. 


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