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.

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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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St Patrick's day 2015, Dublin, Ireland

Photo by Giuseppe Milo

Feb 17: GEAI at the TCD Green Week!

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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!

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Good Energies EVS volunteers attend Léargas on-arrival training

Last weekend the Good Energies Alliance Ireland volunteers Irina, Olga and Santi joined participants in other EVS Irish projects for their on-arrival training in Swords. The three volunteers spent four days sharing their experiences and learning more about the objectives and philosophy of the European Voluntary Service. For Irina “this was a great opportunity to met others volunteers, learn about their projects and make friends. The good part is that we now know where we are going to stay if we go to Dublin and Cork! 🙂 ”

GEAI supports “Unearthed” screenings

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GEAI volunteers Santi, Olga and Irina with filmmaker Jolynn Minnaar 

Good Energies Alliance Ireland supported and attended the screenings of Unearthed documentary in Bellanaleck (Fermanagh) and Sligo. The GEAI EVS volunteers Irina, Olga and Santi set up the projector for the Fermanagh event.

Unearthed is a thought provoking and extremely well made documentary about fracking by Jolynn Minnaar, covering both the vulnerable and arid Karoo in South Africa, and the forgotten victims of fracking pollution in the US.

Both screenings were followed by a Q&A afterward with the filmmaker.

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