Re-establish a Social Space

Individuals, Local Policymakers

Forest, Edinburgh, Scotland - Courtesy: Chrisdonia (Flickr)
Forest, Edinburgh, Scotland – Courtesy: Chrisdonia (Flickr)

An autonomous social centre similar to Seomra Spraoi in Dublin would be set up for Galway. Such community spaces are common on mainland Europe (especially in Italy, Spain and the Netherlands) and, indeed, a community social space existed before in Galway on Middle Street. It would be run by a non-hierarchical collective on a not-for-profit basis. The aim would be to rebuild a sense of community, an atmosphere of tolerance and respect, a safe and secure environment, and a non-commercial space for political, arts, cultural, community and other events. For example, there would be rooms for classes of all sorts (music, languages, yoga, etc.), for film screenings, for a library, for workshops, for meetings of local groups, etc. There would also be a café serving low cost beverages, and possibly a kitchen for food preparation. Ideally, a space would be provided by the local authority, or a state body, at a low or free rent.
Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1