Galway Community Pride 2017

Wow! Well, what a Pride Week! Congratulations to Galway Community Pride from the board of AMACH! and Teach Solais management group for organising a brilliant week of events!

Teach Solais was delighted to be the venue of many great activities from the Drop-in Pre-Flag-raising to the Mental Health Talk to very successful Free HIV Testing with AIDSWEST and the Launch of the Annual AMACH! Report and update on the resource centre.

A special congratulations to Nuala Ward for achieving the Pride Of Galway award. And a very big thank you for voting for AMACH! as best charity!😊

Many thanks to everyone that contributed to our bucket collection which took place during the Pride Parade,  that raised €437.23 

Here are some pictures from the week, looking forward to next year’s Pride already!

Pride Launch Monday 7th August Rosin Dubh 

Pride of Galway Awards
At the launch of Pride l-R Kiran Emrich, Nuala Ward (accepting Pride of Galway Award) John Corcoran, Susanna Rasteilli (accepting award on behalf of AMACH!) and Mary Gavaghan









Wednesday 9th August Mental Health event in Teach Solais and Candlelit Vigil after to Eyre Square 



Full house in Teach Solais for mental health talk





Saturday 12th August Launch of AMACH! 2015 Report, pre parade breakfast and Pride Parade

Pre Parade meeting and launch of AMACH! 2015 Report












AMACH!/Cosáin drop-in at Teach Solais

AMACH! and Cosáin will be teaming up to host a weekly drop-in session on Wednesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. at Teach Solais on Merchant’s Road.

Starting this Wednesday 16th of August 

Members of the community are welcome to stop by, play cards, do artwork, stretch, or listen to and/or play music. The drop-in will be a three hour period dedicated to improving and sustaining positive mental health in Galway during a time when local supports are closed.

We hope that you will join us for a cup of tea, a game of Bohnanza, and a chat with new friends.

Galway Community Pride 7th to 13th August 2017

AMACH! LGBT Galway are saddened by news that there is confusion in the community regarding the impending Galway Pride Festival, Galway Community Pride IS GOING AHEAD!!! Much work has been done by members of the LGBT+ community to ensure a vibrant, insightful, inclusive and fun Pride Festival will take place from August 7th-13th.

There is a host of activities from the Pride of Galway Awards, Art Exhibition, Film night, BTQIA+ Tea party, Comedy night and of course the glorious Pride March! Many activities are taking place in Teach Solais, LGBT+ Resource Centre- the Resource Centre FOR the community, VALUED by the community and USED by the community.

Events in Teach Solais:

LGBT+ Mental Health Night Wednesday 9th 7.30pm

Candlelit Vigil From Teach Solais to Eyre Square Wednesday 9th 9.30pm

Free HIV testing with Aids West Friday 11th 2pm-4pm

Launch of the AMACH! LGBT 2015 Annual Report and General Community Meeting Saturday 12th 11am

Pre-parade Tea/Coffee and Face-painting Saturday 12th 12.30am

Free HIV testing with Aids West Saturday 12th 4.30pm-6.30pm

We hope that everyone will enjoy this year’s Pride Festival and engage in many of the worthwhile activities that are taking place on behalf of AMACH! let me wish you all a very happy and safe Galway Community Pride 2017.

Maria Molloy.


On behalf of AMACH! LGBT Galway CLG.

Visit Pride Webpage at for uptodate info.

Photography exhibition invitation

After 7 weeks of some very enjoyable classes the participants of the first photography class to take place in Teach Solais would like to warmly invite you to see their photographs.

Come along to Teach Solais next Monday 31st July at 7.30pm to see the eclectic range of photographs.

Come along have a cuppa/chat  and meet the photographers.

Preparing for the exhibition

AMACH!  and the management of Teach Solais would like to sincerely thank GRETB for running this course in Teach Solais.

Up coming fun stuff in Teach Solais

As well as the peer support groups, health promotion we are delighted there are some fun activities happening in Teach Solais were people with similar interests can meet and have a chat/cuppa with members of our community.

Saturday 8th July 11pm to 1pm Silver Rainbows LGBT+ Older group

Silver Rainbows continue the banner making work shop, it’s looking great. Come and have a cuppa at 10.45 the work starts at 11pm.

It’s intricate work but looking fantastic!!

Drop-in’s Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm 

Drop-in’s continue, a casual informal place for people to find out what is happening in the centre, peer support groups that use the centre upcoming health and educational events that will take place.  Come in have a cuppa read a book, play a board game.  All the latest GCN magazine’s are now available in the centre. Find out how you can get involved.

AMACH! and the Teach Solais management group would like to thank the volunteers who have been givin up their own time to help with the drop-in’s. The volunteers are there just to welcome those attending, make sure the centre is looking well for those who attend and answer any questions regarding activities that take place in the centre.

Tuesday 11th July 18-25 yr old Peer Support Group 7pm to 8.30 pm 

The support group has been running for a while now and going from strength top strength, see poster below for details


Book Club Thursday 13th July  6.30pm to 7.30pm 

See poster below for info


Choir Thursday 13th July 7.45 pm to 9pm 

See poster below for details