My Introduciton blog
My name is Shirley Gallagher and i living in Cork this last 13 years but I am from Arranmore Island, Co Donegal, Ireland. As an islander, it is natural still to group together in youth and elders from 8 to 80. Emigration has always been part of our lives so community matters. As part of the diaspora it’s a great feeling to be welcomed home by family, friends and neighbours. We feel tragedies as one and we celebrate when we can.
I am trained as a scientist and have worked in industry for years. But business as usual practises and lip service on sustainable action got me motivated to walk the walk. As Gandhi said ‘ be the change you want to see in the world’. I am an experienced event manager, diplomat and social media user.
Cooperative thinking and working is part of my makeup. I know I don’t have the answers but I am an excellent networker and have the ability to motivate others. I was involved in the GREENWORKS Dept of Ed & Skills project that ran from 2010-11, training over 1700 jobseekers in green skills. I am involved in future orchard trust (www.100sharehectare.info) . I am national coordinator for Ireland on national european cooperative movement – a LinkedIn group. I am involved in a sustainable island group (www.irda-energy.net) that is focusing the island on becoming energy independent. I am also involved in research on natural insulation products.
I have included a picture of my vision of a sustainable dvelopment where anything is possible using teamwork and cooperation. It is a drawing by the artist Anna Nielsen that was commisioned by me in 2010.
The project’s ethos is captured in this quote ‘The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.’ so we need everybody on board!
Dr Shirley Gallagher