The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) fosters community university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy.

Event Details

Louisburgh HQ Seminar

Friday, 7th of March 2014 (12:30 – 02:30) @ AM207

On Friday 7th March, the CKI will host a lunchtime seminar 12.30pm to 2.30pm in AM207 (Lunch to be provided) with Louisburgh HQ to ascertain if there are ways in which NUI Galway, staff and students could get involved in activities related to the renewal and revitalisation of Louisburgh.

Maggie O'Connor, Brid Conroy , Will Williams and Catherine Duffy residents and volunteers with Louisburgh will present on activities underway and planned to help counteract the doughnut effect currently experienced by the local community. They are currently looking to NUI Galway to help with certain projects related to academic expertise.

For further information please contact Lorraine McIlrath by email lorraine.mcilrath@nuigalway.ie and to reserve a place please contact Irín Ní Chualáin by email irin.nichualain@nuigalway.ie or by phone 3823.

Further information:

Louisburg HQ is a not for profit organisation founded in May 2012 to promote the greater Louisburg area - including Louisburgh, Lecanvey, Killeen & Killadoon - to tourists, to encourage businesses to start-up in the area and to support community activities.

The town of Louisburgh and the surrounding area has seen a great deal of change. One of the side effects of change in the recent decades has been the closure of many businesses and shops and an increase in the number of vacant buildings in the town. It is estimated that approximately half of the buildings in the town are vacant. This has a particularly negative impact on the town visually especially as some of these buildings are focal points. Most of this decline and closure of shops and houses in the town has come about in the past twenty years and further reflects the doughnut effect.

The following appeared in the 5th issue of Louisburgh HQ's Newsletter

"A recent analysis of this area revealed that 10% of homes on Clare Island and Inishturk are holiday homes whilst the number on the stretch of road leading down to Roonagh Pier is well above the 10%. It is closer to 50%. These holiday homes are a mixture of purpose-built and inherited family homes. The resident population on the streets of Louisburgh has dropped in the last twenty years, whilst the immediate surrounds have been increased as families move into the available housing. This is the doughnut effect: hole in the middle and full all around.

Whilst it is wonderful that there is a doughnut, the streets are in need of some jam and cream. It is uplifting to see the newly painted red and green colours on the building beside the Gala, and to know that there is a new business about to open there in the next few weeks. It is heart-warming to watch (and participate in) the renovation of two other buildings for the HQ, another place for people to stop into and pass the time of day. Energy exists, buildings are there, people have ideas.