Personal tools
You are here: Home All Ireland Community Campaigns Gathering
Regular Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday

6 - 10pm

Maybe other times, phone 01 872 8670 to find out

Donate to Seomra Spraoi
Seomra Spraoi depends entirely on donations from individuals to cover our operating costs. If you'd like to make a donation online, please hit the donate button!

Get Seomra Spraoi Announcements to your inbox

Send an email to:, with 'subscribe' in subject line


All Ireland Community Campaigns Gathering

Are you involved in a campaign in your community? Join us for an All Ireland Community Campaigns Gathering Saturday 26th of March 2011 10am-5pm Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvidere Court, Dublin This is a free event

    WhenMar, 26 2011
    from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm

    This is an open invitation to all community led campaign groups. By coming together
    we can share our experiences and find out how we can support each other to win.
    You and your group are invited to come together for a day with other community led
    campaign groups to:
    • Learn about each other’s struggles and find common issues
    • Share what we have learned in our campaigns & hear from successful ones
    • Discuss how we act in solidarity with each other
    • Participate in a skills workshop around a common challenge (For workshops
    see full programme below)



    10:00-11:00 Opening

    Introduction to the day and a chance for groups and individuals to introduce their own local situation and to hear some reflections from other campaigns.

    11.00 – 12.00 ‘Dealing with the Media’

    Share experiences of dealing with the media and get practical advice on writing and sending press releases, preparing for radio interviews and using alternative media. With Mimi Doran and William Hederman. Mimi Doran is a communications practitioner and media lecturer with interests in social justice and participatory approaches to learning, research, and communication. Mimi has completed research on media literacy with St Michael’s Estate Regeneration Team, at the Equality Studies Centre. Mimi has provided strategic planning, PR strategies and professional media training to a variety of businesses and organisations. William Hederman is an activist, photographer, graphic designer and journalist. He worked as a journalist and editor at The Irish Times and subsequently as a journalist at Village Magazine. He has also lectured in journalism at DCU. He is part of the collective that runs the Seomra Spraoi social centre in Dublin.

    12.00-12.15 Tea and Coffee

    12.15 -13.15 ‘Basic tools for working together’

    Share your experience of working together in a community campaign group and learn basic tools that can be used to make decisions, facilitate discussions and keep working effectively. Facilitated by Paula Leonard

    13.15-14.00 Lunch

    14.00-15.00 ‘Dealing with the State’

    A chance to hear about the experiences of one community campaign group in dealing with state agencies, government departments, the legal system and the Gardai, and to share your own experiences that others may be able to learn from. With Eoin O'Leidhin, activist at Rossport Solidarity Camp. Eoin has been living in Mayo for the past four years and will be sharing experiences of engaging with state agencies, regulators and the legal system. Facilitated by Mark Malone, Seomra Spraoi.

    15.00 – 16.00 ‘How to Keep Going’

    This workshop is a space to look at how community organisers can cope with mental and physical stress of long term campaigning, how we can support each other and keep campaigns going in a sustainable way for our communities. Facilitated by Aoife Cooke

    16.00-16.15 Tea and Coffee

    16.15 – 17.00 Closing

    A chance to hear what people got out of the day to discuss how can we support each other and act in solidarity in the future, with the option of creating a short statement expressing solidarity between the different community campaigns for media release.

    Facilitated by Paula Leonard

    17.30 -18.30 Light evening meal
    The event is being organised by people active in a number of different campaigns
    including supporting the community under threat from Shell in Mayo. This event will
    be a neutral space and the aim is to support each other and share strategies. It is not
    a space for winning people over to specific campaign agendas or any party political
    groups. Discussions and learning from the day will be gathered and disseminated
    online to participants other community campaign groups after the event.

    Venue: Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvidere Court, Dublin 2. Seomra Spraoi is inspiring
    example of a community centre run entirely on donations.
    Directions: Walk north along Gardiner St, past Mountjoy Square and turn right at the
    next laneway(Belvidere Court). Seomra Spraoi is about halfway down the lane on the
    right hand side(number ten).

    Food will be by donation, 5 euro or what you can afford. Please
    contact if you have any special dietary or
    mobility requirements. Let us know if you will need child care for the day as this can
    be arranged at the venue.

    Please contact or call Jerrieann or Kate (087 6686644 / 085 1171140) if you have questions, are interested in attending or to book a place.

    Document Actions
    Google Calendar