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Volunteer Galway Podcast

An Mheitheal Rothar’s Lead Coordinator Paul O’Donnell talks ReCycle Your Cycle and bikes in a time of Covid-19 with Donncha Foley of Volunteer Galway.

 

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An  Mheitheal Rothar wins award and grant

PIC SHOWS: The SEI Academy for Social Entrepreneurs graduation at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle. TUES 12-11-19

An Mheitheal Rothar, Galway’s community bike workshop at NUI Galway, has celebrated two big wins in a matter of weeks.

An Mheitheal Rothar’s Recycle Your Cycle initiative involves taking bikes sent for scrap to council waste depots and fixing them up for sale. After a tough pitching competition in Dublin in November, ReCycle Your Cycle won the top award for the West region from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, a prize of €5,000 funded by the Lifes2Good Foundation.

And last week the social-sustainable enterprise was awarded €15,000 from the Small Capital Grants Scheme for Social Enterprise. The Small Capital Grants Scheme for Social Enterprises received approximately 1,100 applications from all around the country, and 230 organisations were funded in 2 stages.  The recognition, support and funding see An Mheitheal Rothar start 2020 in a strong position as one of the up and coming social-sustainable enterprises in the West of Ireland.

Paul O’Donnell, the workshop’s Lead Coordinator, said: “This is the circular economy in action. When a bike is scrapped, it’s a piece of metal with a value of a few cents.  Even though the metal will be recycled it will be shipped overseas and goes through a carbon intensive recycling process. ReCycle Your Cycle extends the life of bikes, reducing carbon emissions, and provides affordable bikes with real value for people. Not only do we create bikes that people want to buy, but in the process we provide training and work experience in bicycle mechanics for people who were long term unemployed.”

“When you buy a bike from ReCycle Your Cycle, it’s around half the cost of a new one, but you also have the satisfaction of knowing your money supports our community work, from training unemployed people to teaching everyone how to fix their own bikes at our free DIY workshops.  You’ve also saved the carbon emissions of manufacturing a new bike, and helped to keep jobs here in the west of Ireland. In the medium to long run we also see what we do as contributing part of the solution to the congestion by encouraging and supporting a culture of cycling in Galway.  It’s a win for everyone.”

The money from both awards will go towards fitting out An Mheitheal Rothar’s new shop at NUI Galway and expanding the workshop’s operations, allowing it to salvage more bikes, provide more training and community outreach, and grow the circular economy in Galway.

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Cycling Campaign

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Do you think we need more cycle lanes and safer roads for pedestrians and cyclists in Galway? Do you think we need more cycle parking to replace those taken out by the council in 2015!? Well here’s a campaign our friends in the Dublin Cycling Campaign are organising – please share with anyone you know in Dublin!

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Galway’s Traffic Problems

Drivers in Galway spent an average of 43.5 hours sitting in rush hour traffic last year. This surpasses Dublin where drivers there spent 31.4 hours sitting in traffic jams. Cork drivers spent an average of 24.5 hours in traffic last year.

The amount of time Galway drivers spend in traffic jams equates to more than the amount of hours in an average working week. Galway ranks 61st in the overall cities ranking, dropping down two places from 59th in 2015.

The survey was conducted by Inrix, a provider of traffic and travel information worldwide. Yesterday, Tuesday, it published its new ‘Traffic Scorecard’ and Galway was one of 10 cities and towns surveyed. Dundalk and Mullingar came out best, with drivers there spending 6.5 and 5.5 hours respectively last year in congested traffic.

Opening hours

Bike Shop
Unit 21-22 Galway Shopping Centre
Headford Road
Galway
Mon-Wed and Fri: 9am-7pm
Thurs: 9am-9pm
Sat: 9am-7pm
Sun: Closed

Community Workshop
Block R, Earl’s Island
University Road,
NUI Galway
CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
(Usually 6-9pm Wednesdays
12-3pm Saturdays
Closed Bank Holidays)

Siopa Ollscoile
Old Handball Alley
Earl’s Island
University Road
Galway H91 EF83
CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Contact Info

Email: an.mheitheal.rothar@gmail.com
Phone: 085 2832866
Address: An Mheitheal Rothar,
Unit 21-22 Galway Shopping Centre, Headford Road, Galway

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