|Galway 2020 volunteer Marto Hoary with Cepta & Joyce|
As mentioned in a previous posting, the 2020 team, that included Marilyn Gaughan Reddan, Tracy Geraghty, Nollaig McGuinness, Niall O'Hara and Patricia Philbin, enthusiastically embraced so many elements of local society in the bidding process- neighborhoods, localities, asylum seekers, environmentalists. schools, colleges, youth, heritage, technology, arts, science, rural and urban. All were made to feel active contributors if they so wished. In so doing, the team recognised 'Culture' as being part of everything that makes us Galwegian, from our work to our play, from indigenous to new ethnicity.
|Galway's most famous photographer Joe Shaughnessy with Joyce, Cepta and Philip Cloherty|
Now it is up to each of us who value our peoples to grab the opportunities now being presented and to ensure that our own sectoral vision comes through.
I recognize this in my own professional areas of technology, science and heritage learning. But wearing 'my other hat', I also want to encourage my fellow community and environmental activists also do likewise especially as we have recently being awarded European Green Leaf City for 2017 which was led by Sharon Carroll, another great advocate of progressive change and a strong supporter of community engagement.
Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture -it is ours to lose.