On 18 July, The Judges Visited Doughiska, Co. Galway
During the Celtic Tiger the rate of house building far outpaced the development of infrastructure and services which left a vibrant, young, multi-cultural Doughiska without local services and places to meet.
With the backing of Galway City Council and NUI Galway, a group of local people formed the Doughiska, Roscam, and Ardaun Community Development Company, and quickly set about compiling a ‘community profile, needs analysis and action plan’ through a household survey.
Since then local people have worked together, to create a community based on the wishes identified by the people.
During the Judge’s visit, they got to visit newly opened facilities such as:
- Family resource centre, Church, and primary care centre
- An improved bus service
- Adult education courses
- Pre-school, after school, and youth services
- A new park and woodland area which is maintained both by the Galway City Council and local volunteer group Friends of Merlin Woods
Connect Intercultural Group Annual Festival attended by:
- Ladybirds and Guides
- Merlin Woods FC underage soccer team
- Women’s social group
These volunteer groups told the judges of the many ad hoc events such as:
- Summer camps
- National play day
- Recreation week
- National Bike Week
The Judges got to see that in Doughiska, there really is something for everyone. For more information about Doughiska, check out the Family Resource Centre Facebook