The award winning Love your Beach week returns to Galway for its second year, this time with more fun and games for all of the family to enjoy! Find out what's been planned...
Once again, Galway City Council are proudly partnering with Clean Coasts Ireland to present Love Your Beach Week 2022 in Galway and beyond. For further information on clean coasts Ireland or to become a clean coasts group visit cleancoasts.org
Programme of events:
World Oceans Day
Wednesday 8th June
Meeting Point: Lifeguard Hut
5.30pm: Launch of Love Your Beach Week with Mayor of Galway City followed by Litter clean up with Beach Buds and Atlantaquaria Clean Coast group
6.00pm: Gary Kendellen of Galway Atlantaquaria will give a talk on "Native Sharks and Rays in our Coastal Waters – Life and Livelihoods". To celebrate World Oceans Day and its theme of ‘Life and Livelihoods’, Galway Atlantaquaria will share stories of some of the wonderful egg case discoveries that can be made along our coastlines. We can learn a lot about the types of rays and sharks that live in our oceans by recording the egg cases we find along the shore. This data is often lost as not many people record the types of egg cases they find or are unsure how to identify. As these egg cases cannot survive for long on the shore, this data is lost forever. The workshop involves finding egg cases as we do the beach clean and talking about the types of egg cases we discover. The egg cases will be uploaded to record the discovery, so everyone can participate in citizen science and conservation. The goal of the workshop is to encourage more people to walk along the shore and record lost egg cases for the conservation of these beautiful species.
7.00pm: Beach Volley ball with Galway Volleyball club. Come and have some fun and give beach Volleyball a go! All are welcome. Galway Volleyball club are running 3 sessions during the Love your Beach Week; focusing on physical literacy, volleyball skills and playing together. For further information contact Lee at email@example.com or visit: www.galwayvolleyballclub.ie/
Thursday 9th June
5.30pm: Litter clean up with Galway Volunteer Centre.
6pm: Talk from Dr Kevin Lynch, Geography Dept, NUI Galway on "How beaches help us tackle climate change". Kevin is a coastal scientist, with a wealth of experience in the physical processes of beaches and dunes. He uses his knowledge to feed into climate adaptation along our coasts. He blogs on these topics at ilikedunes. This event will be a hands-on look at how beaches and dunes can help us in our fight against climate change, and is perfectly suited to all ages.
Friday 10th June
Meeting point: Kiosk
5.30pm: Litter clean up Litter Clean up with Galway Atlantaquarium
6.00pm: Workshop with Curiocean - Learn all about Whales and Dolphins. Join us for this fun activity on whales and dolphins and help protect our oceans! The CuriOcean team will be bringing some fun, hands-on activities where anyone can learn about whales and dolphins. The children will learn how whales and dolphins communicate and they will also get to meet Pingu the Orca (a life-size fabric Orca) who has a really nice story to tell! We'll finish up by showing you a very quick and easy dance choreography that we will perform all together, in order to raise awareness about marine conservation. You do not need to be a good dancer, the main purpose here is to just have fun! The activity is for all ages, so bring your best smile and grab a friend to join, we cannot wait to see you there! For further information on Curiocean visit curiocean.com
7.00pm: Beach Drum Circle Jam with Lukasz Krzywon. As the famous drumming teacher, Babatunde Olatunji, once said “…rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble”. Let’s tune in and join the rhythm together! Join Lukasz from Creative Together for a community beach drum circle. All instruments provided, but feel free to bring your own. For further information on Creative Together visit www.creativetogether.ie
7.00pm: Beach Volley ball with Galway Volleyball club. Come and have some fun and give beach Volleyball a go! All are welcome. Galway Volleyball club are running 3 sessions during the Love your Beach Week; focusing on physical literacy, volleyball skills and playing together.
Saturday 11th June
Meeting Point: Lifeguard Hut
11.00am: Litter clean up with Bailte Slachtmara Bhearna (Barna Tidy Towns)
11.30am: Workshop - "Summer Birds of Galway Bay" with Tom Cuffe, Bird Watch Ireland. Tom is a Heritage in Schools facilitator, avid bird watcher and photographer and loves to communicate his passion to children and adults alike. Come and see what birds are currently making the Galway Bay their home and learn about the stoic Heron and their interesting nesting places.
12.30pm: Beach Art with Lukasz Krzywon. Get creative and help us make some beautiful designs on the beach using what we can find there. Facilitated by the artist, Lukasz Krzywon, this workshop will welcome everyone to co-create art piece while chilling out together on the Silverstrand beach. Lukasz is an artist, philosopher, and educator. For the last 10 years he runs Creative Together, venture dedicated to connecting communities through rhythm, philosophy and art.
1.00pm: Beach Volley ball with Galway Volleyball club. Come and have some fun and give beach Volleyball a go! All are welcome. Galway Volleyball club are running 3 sessions during the Love your Beach Week; focusing on physical literacy, volleyball skills and playing together.Published on Updated on