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Rossport Solidarity Week - info

Rossport Solidarity Camp Solidarity Week begins on August 22nd and includes:Talks by local people on the impact the proposedpipeline will have on their community if it were to goahead- Update on the Shell to Sea Campaign- Non Violent Direct Action Training- Protests- Wind Powered Movies- Social Night, Local Story Telling and music- Kids Space- Skills Sharing- Report back from recent solidarity delegation toColumbia.- Talk on Peak Oil.Camping Space and meals provided at the campIf you can give a workshop or skills demonstrationplease contact usCamp wish list:- old carpet- pallets- tools- buckets- water containers- building wood- fire wood- camping gear- blankets- phone credit- rain gear- polyprop- old furniture- straw bales- candles- bicycles- lanterns- paints and old sheets- leisure batteryFor more information contact: Tracey 087 6543425Bob 086 3201612Or e-mail August 27th and 28th Rossport Solidarity Camp playshost to the Tenth Grassroots Gathering.Since the winter of 2001 Nine Grassroots Gatherings have taken place in Ireland, with discussion and organisation around a wide range of issues.Each one takes place in a different city from the last and is organised by a different group of people from the last. Grassroots Gatherings have taken place in Limerick, Galway, Dublin, Cork, and Belfast.The format for the first day is workshops, that is a small number of speakers giving a ten to fifteen minute talk followed by open discussion. The workshops will consist of people from local community campaigns talking about the different tactics, forms of organisation, and methods they have used in their campaigns rather than a concentration onthe issues.There will also be some skills share workshops. The format for the second day is plenary, that is open discussion around a particular theme. In this case the theme is to be how can differentlocal community campaigns support each other and how can green/left activists support them.Speakers have been invited on the following topics/from the following groups: Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment aka CHASE (involved in campaigning against incineration), Gorleben anti-nuclear protest camp in West Germany in the ‘80s, contempory anti-pylons groups, Galway for aSafe Environment (involved in campaigning against incineration), the campaign against Merrill Dow Pharmaceuticals in Cork in ‘87/’88, East Galway anti-superdump campaigners, Derrybrien DevelopmentSociety. For more information phone: Terry at 086 1682416 Or e-mail For information about the situation in Gorleben see: details of some of the older Grassroots Gatheringssee: Taste of What to Expect (Some Photos from the June Bank Holiday Solidarity Gathering) to get to Rossport: By Car: There is a map here: this does not have all the roads marked that youwill have to travel on. From Ballina: Take the N59, the road going to Belmullet, first town you meet is Crossmolina, after Crossmolina you come to Bellacorick Power Station, which is disused turf burning station, you will also notice a wind farmhere, there is a sharp right hand turn in the road, you are continuing on the N59, travelling in the direction of the village of Bangor Erris, also knownjust as Bangor. You go through Bangor Erris until on the other side of the village you come to the oil road, on your left is Srahmore, this is the site Shell are using to store removed peat from where they are building their refinery, there is a fork in the road, and just in front is a Marian grotto, the road on the right looks like it isn’t in Mayo, this is the ‘oil road’, you go up the ‘oil road’. At the end of this road you should see some concrete sheep. This is Ballinaboy, where the refinery is being built. You turn right to Glenaboybridge and from there left to Rossport. From Castlebar: Follow signs for Achill, a few miles outside Castlebar you turn right up the R312, follow this road straight for about 25 miles, passing through the townlands of Beltra and Derreen, and you arrive at Bellacorick power station, at which point you follow the same directions as if you were coming from Ballina. By Public Transport. There are trains and buses to both Ballina and Castlebar. See: buses and for trains. From those places you can get transport from a private bus company called McGraths (097) 87842. Their buses leave Ballina at 5.15pm from outside Dunnes Stores, that is, from the carpark beside the Humbert Monument.Their buses leave Castlebar from outside Heatons Store, which is at the top of main street, opposite side of the road from the drop off point for the Bus Eireann buses. They will leave you off at Rossport cross, but they do not run on Sundays (return from Rossport cross 10.45 a.m. Monday to Saturday, 10 euro return).Alternatively you can get as far as Bangor via the Bus Eireann route from Ballina to Belmullet. These leave Ballina bus station at 12.15 and 18.10 Monday to Saturday and at 13.00 on Sundays. See: there be sufficient interest we will run a feeder bus from Ballina on either Friday night or Saturday morning for people travelling from around the country, if you are interested contact Michael at: 0863588890

Posted Date: 
14 February 2007 - 12:36pm