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All gate profits of Galway Garden Festival go to local and international charities who have to date received over €110,000. The 2014 beneficiaries were Claregalway Day Care Centre, Galway Simon and CBM Ireland.
Galway Garden Festival was first held in 2009 and was the brain child of garden enthusiast Padraigin O’ Donoghue and her brother Eamonn. Over the past 5 years it has evolved into a unique and multi facetted event. At its core, it is a showcase for the very best of rare and special plant traders from all over Ireland.
This is coupled with a speakers programme that has featured many internationally renowned experts. It also offers a feast of outdoor melody with the best of Brass Band, Classical, Jazz and Traditional Irish musicians. A surprising aspect of this festival is that there is so much to delight children with entertainers, open air performance and educational role play. In parallel there is a superb Artisan Food and Crafts arena and an excellent variety of catering facilities.
This festival is truly an explosion of colour, scent, sound, texture and tastes.
A festival of small and large surprises with an emphasis on excellence and affordability
Claregalway Day Care Centre is open everyday providing hot meals, entertainment, activities and a social outlet for those that may need this in the community. There is welcome for everybody in a safe holistic and caring environmnet.
CBM is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. With over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause, and a consequence, of disability, and works in partnership to create a inclusive society for all. www.cbm.com
“Being involved with a local garden festival that brings colour, fun and community involvement that the clients of Galway Simon who become volunteers during the festival look forward to palying a key role as part of the huge volunteer festival team every summer” say Hazel Hendy form Galway Simon. www.galwaysimon.ie
2015 Annoucement of Summer Festival dates
The 2015 Galway Garden Festival will be held on the 4th and 5th July with gate profits to partner charities, which in 2015 will again be Claregalway Day Care, Galway Simon Community and CBM Ireland.
In the meantime why not see Claregalway castle in winter? Come this weekend 13th & 14th December 12 noon – 8 pm for a memorable Christmas Fair.
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