Category Archives: Exchange

Day 16: 150 km, four minced pies, three coffees, one puncture and 1000km reached under a Cavan full-moon.

I hadn’t planned any more 140km+ stages on the cycle since doing Dunmore East to Cork city in a day. That nearly killed me. But when my planned visit to the Organic Centre in Leitrim didn’t work out, I had to improvise.  I decided to rest on the second half of day 15, relaxing and reading the weekend papers in a pub in Kilala.  I’d stay the night with Arlene in Crossmolina again and try to make it to Belturbet in Cavan in a day. This was the route I took:

I was chatting to a woman in a shop in Carrigallen in Leitrim (near Belturbet) that evening and I was telling her where I’d come from. She didn’t believe me for a while and then told me that she’d be knackered if she’d driven that distance.

It was frosty and bitter cold first Continue reading


Ballybane Community Garden

The Ballybane Community Organic Garden is organised through the Ballybane/Mervue Community Development Project (CDP). It was set up in 2006 by the Galway Healthy Cities Forum (Galway City Development Board). The project is funded by RAPID, Health Promotion Services, HSE West and City of Galway VEC. 

with Gerry Folan, member of the Ballybane garden on Thursday

The garden is on council land that was previously derelict.  But because the site is right beside a reservoir the council had some concerns about damage to underground pipes.  They initially gave just a small site for the garden and when  Continue reading

The idea of an exchange is to bring people together, to learn form each other and to share ideas.  The current blog is meant as a tool to facilitate this process.  It’s a work in progress that will evolve over time guided by the needs of the exchange and those particiapting in it. 

For now this blog will be a space for me to coordinate and manage my fundraising actitivites and preparations for Colombia.  While in Colombia, the blog will be a space for me to document my work there and share that work with friends and LASC supporters.  And of course it will be a diary for myself and hopefully a resource for others in to the future.  

So come on in and have a look around, leave comments, suggestions, ask questions.  Reader input is very welcome and highly valued.  Just don’t forget to turn the lights out when you’re leaving.

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