SUCCESS STORIES

Across Ireland, people are taking steps to make their communities more environmentally, economically and/or socially sustainable. We are gathering their success stories here to inspire and spark change across Ireland.

Have you already completed a successful sustainability project in your community? Pass on the spark by sharing your story with other communities.

Greystones Doesn’t Suck Campaign

Greystones Doesn’t Suck Campaign

We are a community project led by 6th Class students from Greystones Educate Together Nationso School. Our aim is to make our town plastic-straw-free.

Change Donations

Change Donations

Change Donations is a digital platform that allows donors to link their credit or debit cards to automatically round up each transaction and donate those round ups to their favourite charity or charities.

An Cosán Virtual Community College

An Cosán Virtual Community College

An Cosán Virtual Community College (VCC) is changing lives and communities through online community education. An Cosán VCC is a nonprofit social enterprise education initiative to scale the work of An Cosán in Tallaght West. An Cosán VCC is at the forefront of educational technology in Ireland.

Knocklyon Network Sustainable Energy Community

Knocklyon Network Sustainable Energy Community

Recently in 2016, KN broadened it’s activities and in particular it set about responding to the widespread public concern about the huge damage to our environment being caused by the continuous use of harmful carbon-producing fossil fuels by establishing a Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Mayo Dark Skies

Mayo Dark Skies

We plan to preserve and protect our night sky and nocturnal heritage for the value of future generations. With an annual programme of outreach and educational events designed to highlight the value of our night sky heritage as well as inviting all members of the community to actively engage with astronomy, art, culture or story of the night sky.

Claremont Stadium – Sports – Social – Educational

Claremont Stadium – Sports – Social – Educational

Today Claremont Stadium’s goal is to promote healthy lives and encourage well being within our town and re capture the word community.

South East Regional Family Support Network (SERFSN)

South East Regional Family Support Network (SERFSN)

The South East Regional Family Support Network (SERFSN) is a peer led organisation, committed to improving the situation of families affected by problem substance misuse of a family member.  We are dedicated to developing, supporting and reinforcing the work of peer family support groups. 

The Green Kitchen and Garden Centre

The Green Kitchen and Garden Centre

In 2018 12% of the produce used in the cafe came from our polytunnels. With the help of GIY we plan to increse this to 20% in 2019. This will reduce the use of single use plastics and transport miles from the purchase of goods from abroad thus reducing our carbon footprint.

The Afforestation Project

The Afforestation Project

The Afforestation Project is a highly ambitious long-term project, aimed at mitigating climate change via carbon sequestration by the planting of trees on a large-scale.

Siel Bleu Ireland

Siel Bleu Ireland

We currently work with over 5000 older adults and people living with chronic disease across Ireland. Through our exercise programmes we are helping to improve their physical, social and mental wellbeing

The Sexual Health Centre

The Sexual Health Centre

Our mission is to always provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive information regarding the topics of sexual health, wellbeing, and sexuality, offer a safe space for individuals to express their concerns without fear and get non-biased answers to their most intimate questions, normalise the perception of sexual health and sexuality, and facilitate a nation-wide acceptance of sexual health and sexuality as an integral part of life.

ICT Tech Apprenticeship

ICT Tech Apprenticeship

We firmly believe apprenticeships provide the opportunity to give people a different route of entry, something which is crucial in addressing the skills gap. The apprenticeship model allows for on-the-job learning but fosters an environment in which participants can demonstrate their value to the workplace thus potentially securing sustainable employment.

The Edible Landscape Project

The Edible Landscape Project

The Edible Landscape Project (ELP) is an education and training initiative based in Westport, Co. Mayo. We provide the tools and resources to strengthen community resilience to the effects of climate change by teaching local groups how to grow and consume food in an environmentally sustainable way, using sustainable land management practices

Shankill Online

Shankill Online

This project is a blog meant to promote the small village of Shankill, situated in Dublin 18. It contains short posts both about events that take place locally and photos and information on the history and geography of the village

Wicklow Sudbury School

Wicklow Sudbury School

Wicklow Sudbury School is the first democratic school in Ireland. There are no set classes, curriculum or tests, and students ages 6 to 18 are able to determine their own learning paths.

Ballaghaderreen Community Garden

Ballaghaderreen Community Garden

Ballaghaderreen is set in a very rural area of County Roscommon and there are issues present like high unemployment, poverty, loneliness and mental health problems. Many young people are leaving the area. We wished to combat all of the above and setting up the garden was an obvious choice.

Cycling Without Age

Cycling Without Age

Cycling Without Age offers the opportunity to take residents of nursing and care homes out for free, slow-cycling spins, piloted by volunteer cyclists, on specially designed trishaw bicycles.

Active Retirement & Shannon Tidy Towns

Active Retirement & Shannon Tidy Towns

Some of our members from Shannon Active Retirement are involved in our local tidy towns group. We encourage all members to be conscious of their area in relation to tidiness and to be environmentally friendly everywhere.

Birdhill Energy Team

Birdhill Energy Team

In the past 5 years, this co-operative has retrofitted over 600 homes & community buildings with improvements to increase energy efficiency.

Drombane Upperchurch Energy Team DUET

Drombane Upperchurch Energy Team DUET

Drombane Upperchurch is more energy efficient than ever and boasts significantly reduced imports of oil and fossil fuels for its energy needs.

The Old Irish Goat Project

The Old Irish Goat Project

The small rural community of Mulranny, Co. Mayo has undertaken the mammoth task of attempting to bring the Old Irish Goat back from the brink of extinction.

The Real Impact

The Real Impact

This project is about bringing together the families of the victims of femicide in Ireland.

Swift Conservation in Mayo

Swift Conservation in Mayo

For the past seven years, I have been setting up nest box projects in towns throughout County Mayo to help recover the population of Swifts.

Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árann Teoranta

Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árann Teoranta

We are a community owned energy cooperative representing the 3 Aran Islands. Life membership is open to all residents for €100. The cooperative is non-profit with all of the benefits going back into the community.

Claremorris and Western District Energy Co-Operative

Claremorris and Western District Energy Co-Operative

Our co-op was founded to develop community-owned renewable energy, supporting communities and addressing climate change in the West of Ireland.

The Gab

The Gab

The Gab is a community committed to the practice and preservation of the oral tradition of storytelling as well as the development of storytelling as a contemporary art.

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

My initial plan had been to deliver vision board/creativity and empowerment focused workshops to women’s groups and organisations based in Longford. These are half-day workshops I have designed myself, based on Feminism, Veganism and Sustainability.