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.

Cabbage Garden & Vicinity Interagency Project

Cabbage Garden & Vicinity Interagency Project

More than 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year….we are literally drowning in plastic!
Young people in Dublin 8 collected lunch wrappers and snacks in the evening from ONE DAY in their classrooms and projects.
They created the Plastic Snake – more than 30ft long!

The Baby Market Ireland

The Baby Market Ireland

Baby Market events are held nationwide with the purpose of providing a market type space for parents/carers of older children to sell on their no longer used baby, maternity and young child related items to new and expectant parents.

Take A Part Carlow

Take A Part Carlow

‘Take A Part Carlow’ is an ambitious participatory community art led initiative working in the Tullow Road area of Carlow Town.

Talbot Grove

Talbot Grove

Located in a historic home, Talbot Grove was established in 1993 with the aim of treating people with addictions and other related issues.

The Castle of the Island

The Castle of the Island

I established a society entitled “The Castle of the Island Society” (2017) in order to preserve and promote the history and heritage of Castleisland Castle in County Kerry. We are a voluntary and non-profitable society.

Kerry Dancers Sweets of May Set Dancing and Traditional Music Festival

Kerry Dancers Sweets of May Set Dancing and Traditional Music Festival

We held our first Sweets of May festival in 2012 in The Earl of Desmond Hotel Tralee. In 2013 we added our Compose a New Set Competition to celebrate The Gathering

North Kerry Environmental Forum

North Kerry Environmental Forum

North Kerry Environmental Forum  is a local community forum /association who are passionate about all matters relating to our environment, in particular sustainable development, biodiversity, climate change and our natural habitats, sustainable villages and towns, renewable energy resources, coastal zone management, sustainable eco travel /tourism and marine life.

Secret Street Tours

Secret Street Tours

We are a nonprofit social enterprise that trains those affected by homelessness to become walking tour guides of their neighbourhoods, empowering them with skills and a platform to tell their story.

Biophilia Project

Biophilia Project

The Biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems.  By encouraging our connection with nature, we aim to create the conditions by which our Community cares for the environment, while also reaping the positive effects of wellbeing by connecting with nature.

Pullough Community Shop

Pullough Community Shop

Pullough is a very rural and isolated village in Co.Offaly. With a population of 700 people, a local group formed in February 2017 to give life back to the community. The local shop was closed nearly three year, the local pub was only opened at weekends and mass was reduced to once a week. The post office was under threat, and subsequently closed in January 2019.

The Leave No One Behind Conversation Workshops

The Leave No One Behind Conversation Workshops

The Leave No One Behind Conversations is a workshop series designed to start a conversation about the 2030 Agenda’s LNOB promise and to empower marginalised groups to actively contribute to this conversation by valuing their knowledge of social exclusion issues, based on lived experience.

Field of Dreams DS Cork

Field of Dreams DS Cork

Field of Dreams is a project pioneered by Down Syndrome Cork. It is a social farm model,  set on 3 acres of land.

Children’s Books for Charity

Children’s Books for Charity

In the last 2 1/2 years more than €45,000 has been raised from sales of the first two books – The Boy who wanted a Dragon and The Return of the Dragon – almost €15,000 shared between the Blackrock Hospice and Cottage Home Child and Family Services and more than €32,500 for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

The Lixnaw Bog

The Lixnaw Bog

The restored bog is now, not just a home to the plants of a healthy bog but also to the wildlife and insect life that now thrives undisturbed on this fenced off 20 acres of bog.

My Streets Ireland

My Streets Ireland

My Streets is an accessible education and employment programme which empowers people who are homeless to become walking tour guides of ‘their’ streets and tell ‘their’ story.

Midlands Science

Midlands Science

Midlands Science works to increases awareness of the value of  Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in the midlands region amongst all age groups.

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.

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.

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

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.