A new student-led project aims to forge new links between the local community, NUI Galway and Galway City Council, with the goal of enhancing awareness of the environmental and socio-economic value of the Galway’s city beaches.
Recent storms and erosion in Salthill have made this a timely initiative in securing the long-term future of our much-loved local beaches.
The students expect the project to produce environmental education boards for the Salthill beaches. An exciting new aspect of this work is that will invite the general public, local businesses and interested groups to contribute to the information that these boards will contain. In the past these types of educational boards may have appeared at sites around the country with no integration of local knowledge.
Dr Eugene Farrell of School of Geography and Archaeology in NUI Galway feels that “as scholars of Geography, the students are keenly aware that landscapes can be understood from many different perspectives. They would like to give a broad range of people who enjoy and benefit from beaches a chance to share their knowledge and experiences”.
The ‘I Like Beaches’ project team is holding a public meeting at 8pm on Tuesday 18 February in the Galway Business School in Salthill.
“If you like beaches and would like to contribute, the team are looking for your ideas on why beaches are important, what are the threats to them, how do they benefit our local economy, are they part of our culture, are they under or over used, what do you think of our beach amenities? Have you pictures or stories you could contribute? Or simply come along for the cup of tea and a chat,” say organisers.