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ACT NOW Climate Activist Training 15th–18th October

Seomra Spraoi / 15th–18th October

Are you aged between 18–30?

Want to get action and media skills?

Want to join other young people in mobilising for climate justice at the United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen in December 2009?

A historic moment in the global movement for climate justice is coming. This year in December the world leaders will come together in Copenhagen to discuss a new climate deal. The Young Friends of the Earth Europe Climate Team, are 40 young people from all over Europe who will be there, following the negotiations. We will be putting pressure on our leaders, and reporting on the proceedings though numerous communication channels to young people all over Europe. But we can’t do it alone. We need your help!

During October regional conferences will be taking place all across Europe. The aim of the conferences is to empower young people to participate in climate politics and join the global movement for climate justice. At the conferences we will explore and gain understanding of the UNs role in forming the new global climate deal; and equip ourselves with all the action and media skills needed to carry out successful local climate justice actions at home. Other events to include: debates, a creative action on the streets of Dublin, and a movie night. If you want to be a part of the international youth climate movement that is working together to curb climate change and bring about a better future, then these four days of knowledge sharing and motivation would be a great place to start.

For young people from the UK, Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg a conference will be held in Ireland.

Targeted age range is 18-30 years
More info
How to apply

Applications are open until September 14th

(but late applications will be considered)

Free — breakfast, lunch and dinners are provided free of charge.
Accomodation can be arranged on request.

Dublin Climate Camp meeting in Seomra Spraoi

Seomra Spraoi / Tuesday 15th September / 6pm

Dublin Climate Camp meeting — all welcome

Proposed agenda points so far include…

  1. Possible Flash mob event as part of a global climate “wake up call” on Monday 21st September
  2. Do something on the transport issue on car free day, 22nd September?
  3. Organising logistics for the all-Ireland meeting 26th–27th September

Background to this meeting…

Since last November we’ve been building a movement for anyone who cares about climate change or social justice. The first Climate Camp in Ireland happened this August 15th–23rd, in Co. Offaly, where we created a space to meet, live, learn and take direct action together.

We pulled it off people… all who envisioned, inspired, planned, met, worked, participated, built, laughed, cooked, sang, discussed and took direct action, well done! It was all worth it. 300 people, 9 days of workshops, 7 enormous banners, 6 perfect compost loos, over 30 radio interviews, 27 delicious sustainable meals, simultaneous actions at all three peat-fired powerstations, 100s of bags of milled peat returned to the bog… …all impossible without you! People’s response during the go-round at the final plenary were great. The camp got a phenomenal amount of media coverage for its size, all of it was balanced and much of it was sympathetic.

But it wasn’t just about a 9 day camp.

Join us building a climate justice movement that can stop the promotion of false solutions in Copenhagen and create the real solutions we want at home.

Now we’re moving on to discuss where we go from here, the climate summit in Copenhagen and how we can build the alternatives in our own local areas. Now is the time to get involved and help shape this movement… join us at local meeting or our next all-Ireland gathering this September 26th in Dublin. More practical details of the gathering will follow. If you’d like to offer a workshop for kids, a workshop for everyone, offer to cook or offer to co-facilitate at this gathering please contact

On the agenda

  • The new climate camp working groups – reforming working groups for the coming year
  • Evaluation of the Climate Camp in 2009
  • Continuing community relationship in Shannonbridge
  • Going to Copenhagen & local direct actions around the global summit in December 09

Please send proposals and items for discussion to

Bicycle Repair Classes

Seomra Spraoi / Tuesday 15th, 22nd, 29th September & 6th October / 7pm–9pm

Seomra Spraoi will host a series of bicycle repair classes every Tuesday over the coming weeks.

15th September — How a Bike Works
Dismantle and re-build a bike. How to choose the size of your bike and general maintenance.
22nd September — Brakes
How to replaces the pads and cables, and tune it for maximum efficiency.
29th September — Wheels
How to fix a puncture, replace tubes & tyres and fix bent wheels.
6th October — Gears
How to replace the cable, tune the gears and replace the chain.

Suggested Donation: €5 unwaged / €8 waged

Punk / Hardcore / Noise Rock gig

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 12th September / 7pm–1am

Bands start at 7pm and end before 10pm.

After that it’s DJs playing punk, hardcore and party tunes till 1am.

€8 suggested donation, please.

Strikes, Healthcare and a New Union Model in Las Vegas

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 4th September / 7:30pm–8:45pm

A presentation on four years of organizing workers in the American healthcare system. The talk will focus on organizing strategies and tactics in the context of US unions and Healthcare in Las Vegas, and also tell the story of the first and only nursing strike in Nevada state history. A discussion will follow the presentation.

Suggested Donation €5

Tasmania Ancient Forest Film Screening & Info Night

Seomra Spraoi / Thursday 27th August / 7:30pm–9pm

Presented by Climate Camp Ireland.

Tasmania’s Ancient Forests are under threat!

Come along and learn about Tasmania’s Ancient Forests, the threat they face, the campaign to save them & how you can get involved in 31st August International Day of Action To Protect Tasmania’s Ancient Forest.

Tasmania is Australia’s southern island with far stretching wild lands. On the Eastern border of the South West World Heritage Area is the vast and wild Southern Forests. What does remain of the Southern Forests is ecologically and culturally valuable to the Western Tasmanian wilderness area. Here in this wild country are valleys of ancient landscapes, tall eucalypt rainforest, untamed rivers, karst systems, diverse plant and animal life in a spectacular setting of glaciated highland peaks and lakes.

Currently unprotected and being devastated by shocking industrial forestry practices that clearfell, burn and poison large areas, the Southern Forests, are being lost.

What’s it got to do with Climate Change?

Like a giant safe-deposit box, old growth forests lock in vast amounts of carbon. As trees and undergrowth grow they draw in carbon dioxide. Over centuries, this carbon is slowly cycled into woody debris and forest soils. Ancient old growth trees, can store tonnes of carbon. After hundreds of years, old growth forests can contain over 1200 tonnes of carbon per hectare.

Unfortunately much of Tasmania’s remaining old growth forest is threatened by logging. Research shows that it is better, for climate change, to leave old growth forests in the ground rather than logging them and converting them to regrowth or plantations. As forests age, they build up a larger capacity to store carbon in wood, soil and woody debris. Logging undermines this capacity.

More Info

Tasmanian Ancient Forest Defence
Forests & Climate Change
Irish Climate Camp

‘American History X’ showing in Seomra Spraoi this Sunday at 7pm

Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 16th August / 7pm–9pm

This week, Seomra Spraoi Cinema will be screening ‘American History X’.

American History X is a 1998 American film directed by Tony Kaye. The film tells the story of two brothers, Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) and Daniel “Danny” Vinyard (Edward Furlong) of Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California. Both are extremely bright and charismatic students, and Derek is drawn into the neo-Nazi movement after their father, a firefighter, is murdered by a black drug dealer while trying to put out a fire in a South Central neighborhood. Derek kills two black gang members trying to steal his truck, and is sentenced to three years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. The story shows how Danny is influenced by his older brother’s actions and ideology and how Derek, now radically changed by his experience in confinement, tries to prevent his brother from going down the same path as he did.


Seomra Spraoi / Every Friday (starting from 14th August) / 8pm–12am

Re-Session every Friday night in Seomra Spraoi!

Forget about the recession — it’s time to welcome in the weekend without breaking the bank. For all of you who want to be able to start the weekend on a Friday night, Seomra Spraoi will be opening its doors every Friday night from 8pm–12am.

For the price of a pint you can spend your Friday night in the company of friends, fairy lights and comfy couches in the home away from home. We provide the space, you provide the people and the refreshments, it’s B.Y.O.B, except for tea and coffee which are provided.

All monies go towards the rent of €2000+ that Seomra pays every month.

From 8pm — Entry a fiver — BYOB