SMALL TOWNS BIG IDEAS’ GALWAY 2020 PROJECT Exciting news, the proposal submitted under Kinvara Community Council called ‘Pier to Peer’ focusing on our 4 local piers: Kinvara, Parkmore, Crushoa and Ceibh a’ Lochain (New Town Lynch), (and possibly Tarrea Pier) has been chosen to be part of the Galway 2020 Capital of Culture ‘Small Towns Big Ideas’ project.


Tigh Sayre – a Community Space and Resource Centre.

Tigh Sayre – a Community Space and Resource Centre. Tigh Sayre opened its doors in Kinvara last May as an outreach of Gort Family Resource Centre to provide a warm and welcoming place for use by the whole community. The ground floor space of this beautiful old building has been made available through the generosity of the family of the late Sayre Shallow, a former well known resident of Kinvara, in accordance with her wishes.

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Kinvara Carpooling

Carpooling; there has been talk of starting up a carpooling system in Kinvara. Anyone interested in offering lifts to other people can put a green dot-sticker on their windscreen. People can then see you are willing to offer them a seat. The sticker is available at Healing Harvest, Kinvara. This alternative system benefited a lot of people back in the ‘60’s and is now becoming popular again in small villages throughout the continent. It could be helpful for short distances around Kinvara and for Gort, Galway etc. The next step might be having a pick-up point (e.g. bus stop or a shop entrance) where people can indicate that they are looking for a lift. This is a worthy community activity and good for the environment.

Kinvara Community Council

Kinvara Community Council’s: monthly meetings take place the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is taking place on Wednesday 18th December at 8pm in Kinvara Community Centre. We encourage all members of the community to attend these meetings. All sub groups who are affiliated to Kinvara Community Council must send a representative to every KCC meeting in order to maintain their benefits. Any items for inclusion on the agenda must be emailed in before Friday 13th December.

The Kinvara Christmas Market

The Kinvara Christmas Market will return to the Kinvara Community Centre for two weekends on 7 and 8 December and 14 and 15 December. With more than forty stalls brimming with hand-crafted gifts, original art works and local produce the market will also host live music from local musicians, fresh food and plenty of festive treats including mulled wine, mince pies, plum puddings and hand-made chocolates. Christmas shoppers will love the vast range of unique gift ideas including porcelain pots, vibrant enamel wall art, fused glass wall hangings, needle felted figurines, scented candles, natural soaps and free-from skincare products, textiles and wooden craft. Shoppers can also refuel with plenty of fresh food including authentic Thai meals, while local gourmet cheese, coffee, preserves, specialty tea, cookies and cakes will cater for the sweet and savoury tooth. More information can be found on Facebook: kinvarafarmersmarket or Twitter: @kinvara_s