Galway 2020 is the largest and most complex cultural event ever undertaken on the island of Ireland comprising over 1,900 events across 154 projects, 170 partnerships and collaborations with local, national, European and international artists and cultural organisations from over 30 different countries. 

Prior to Christmas, Galway 2020 issued an open call for 2,020 people from communities across Galway to be part of Galway’s European Capital of Culture opening ceremony celebrations. Percussionists and chanters, including several from the Athenry region, are just some of the roles that were cast. 

The celebrations started with a symbolic turf-cutting ceremony on Saint Brigid’s Day and was followed by fiery festivals in towns across the county over consecutive nights from Sunday 2nd of February, with Athenry’s on February 7th. The weeklong ceremony was produced by Wonder Works who had worked on opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games.

One of the legacy projects included Carrabane National School. Titled ‘Virtually Here’, the project is part of an immersive classroom project involving five schools in Galway. The aim is to give teachers the tools to use Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in exploring the curriculum from a new perspective and challenge young people to see the world differently.

Cisco Ireland, based in Oranmore and headquartered in Silicon Valley are collaborating with the artist Jojo Hynes installing a Cisco Webex screen in each of the five schools to enable collaboration and co-creation.  Ms Therese Kelly, Assistant Principal Carrabane, is leading the project locally.