June 15: Faughary windfarm opening

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Aedín McLoughlin, Irina and Santi at the Faughary windfarm

The GEAI team was invited to the official opening of the Faughary windfarm, near Manorhamilton (Co Leitrim). The team were shown the turbines inside and out, including the operations room in the middle of the turbine. “Everybody present was amazed at how quiet the turbines are on a beatiful but very windy day”, Aedín McLoughlin said.

More pictures on Flickr.

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March 17: GEAI EVS volunteers hit the streets for Saint Patrick’s Parade!

Yesterday was a very special day for our EVS volunteers. Irina, Olga and Santi, took part in the Saint Patrick’s Parade in Dublin! The three of them played tambourin with Samboeire, the Sligo samba band, along with Buí Bolg from Wexford.

Dressed up as ducks, Irina, Olga and Santi, accompanied by GEAI volunteer Del, paraded through the Dublin City main streets and were cheered by thousands of people (including the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and Dublin City Mayor, Christy Burke). “It was an amazing experience, a day that I’m not going to forget in my whole life”, Santi said after the parade.

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Irina, Santi and Olga

St Patrick's day 2015, Dublin, Ireland

Photo by Giuseppe Milo

Feb 17: GEAI at the TCD Green Week!

Aedín McLouhglin and EVS volunteer Santi at the TCD Green Week

Aedín McLoughlin and EVS volunteer Santi in action at the TCD Green Week.

The Good Energies team were present at the Trinity College Dublin Green Week! Our director Aedín McLoughlin and our EVS volunteers Irina, Olga and Santi come down from Leitrim to talk about what are we doing and to promote the Erasmus+ program among the students.

The GEAI stand in the Jobs Fair attracted many students concerned about fracking and willing to help to create a different world. Our volunteers also have the opportunity to talk about the experience in Ireland with young people looking for alternatives after University, and many Léargas booklets about the program were given out.

We don’t have the opportunity to explain our work to future graduates every day. Thanks to the TCD Environmental Society for the invitation!

More pictures on flickr

Jan 15: Attending a European Movement meeting

Latvian Embassador Dr. Ginst Apals, Olga and Minister of State Dara Murphy, TD.

Latvian Ambassador Dr. Ginst Apals, Olga and Minister of State Dara Murphy, TD.

Our EVS volunteer Olga took part in the briefing of the EU council by the Latvian president last Wednesday. The event was organized by European Movement Ireland and took place at the Goverment Buildings in Dublin. Olga, from Ukraine, is really interested in European politics and she had a great time meeting with the Latvian Ambassador, Dr Ginst Apals, and with Minister of State for European Affairs, Dara Murphy, TD.

“The Ambassador expressed interest in what I was doing in Ireland and with courtesy and diplomacy tried to give answers to all my questions, especially concerning the situation in Ukraine,” Olga said

Ambassador Apals offered EM Ireland members an advance overview of the plans and priorities of the forthcoming Latvian Presidency.  Minister Murphy discussed Ireland’s current relations with the EU and expectation from the coming year.  EM Ireland’s Latvian Presidency Calendar was launched at this event.

Jan 9: Working for the Bronze Gaisce Award

Katharina and Olga working at the Good Energies office

Katharina and Olga working at the Good Energies office

Olga, our EVS volunteer, is helping Katharina to develop workshops about climate change for schools.  Katherina is the youngest Good Energies volunteer, and is working with GEAI as part of her “Gaisce Award” project.

The Bronze Gaisce Award programme consists of 4 challenge areas:

  1. Community Involvement
  2. Personal Skill
  3. Physical Recreation
  4. Adventure Journey

As part of her Community Involvement challenge, Katherina works with GEAI for 13 weeks, an hour per week.

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