Regional Gathering

Our climate. Our future. Your voice.

Join us for our first regional gathering to explore how we, as a nation, can work together to take action on climate change.

To register please complete this form

Have your say on what you think are the major climate issues facing Ireland, share ideas on how we can work together to raise awareness, unlock opportunities, build resilience, and inspire action.

This is the first in a series of regional and local meetings to be held across Ireland. It is a Government of Ireland initiative through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, in engaging people in collaborative action.


Event details

This is a free ticketed workshop event and we're keen to involve a wide range of groups and individuals from across Roscommon, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Longford and Offaly.

Registration for this event is open to over 18s only.

When: 11am – 4pm, Saturday 23rd June 2018

Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath


The workshop will engage people in:

  • Inspiring a shared purpose: Through better understanding of the big issues and identifying some key principles on what a better future could look like.
  • Exchanging ideas: Harnessing what exists and connecting the dots to unlock opportunities for action that individuals, public, private and community sectors can collaborate upon.
  • Shaping the process: For future regional and local events under the National Dialogue on Climate Action, exploring how to engage and mobilise people in the process.


Speakers at the event will include:


Dr Conor Murphy - will discuss the science behind climate change.

Dr. Conor Murphy is a Senior Lecturer in Geography and PI with the Irish Climate Analysis and Research UnitS (ICARUS) at Maynooth University. His research expertise covers the detection and attribution of climate change signals from historical records, the assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation, together with decision making under uncertainty. Conor has published over 50 scientific articles in the field, including in Science, Nature Climate Change and PNAS. He is currently working with Irish Water and the Office of Public Works in developing approaches for ensuring resilience of water resources and flood risk management to a changing climate. Conor also sits on the National Adaptation Committee. 


Dr. Margaret Desmond - will discuss how you may experience and adapt to climate change.

Dr. Margaret Desmond is a Senior Research Fellow in the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) in University College Cork.  She specializes in climate change impacts and adaptation research, policy analysis/advice and implementation.   With over 10 years of experience, she is currently working on an EPA funded project to explore the transition to a climate resilient Ireland by 2050.  A graduate from UCC, she holds a PhD in Geography and has post graduate qualifications in teaching and environmental management. 


Michael Kelly & Katie Smith- will discuss the role of social enterprise through the experience of the ChangeX community platform.

Michael Kelly is founder of GIY (Grow it Yourself) a global community of people who grow some of their own food. He produced and presented the RTE TV Series GROW COOK EAT with Karen O'Donohoe. GIY is a social enterprise creating a healthier, happier and more sustainable world where people grow some of their own food. In 2018 GIY will support over 800,000 people to grow food for the first time at home, school, work and in the community. The organisation supports over 8,000 community food projects in Ireland and the UK, running awareness programmes and events to inspire and support people to grow food.


Katie Smith Operations lead Change X - Before joining ChangeX Katie worked with the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice on securing global justice for people vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Previously she spent two years with Web Summit, focusing on partner relations and event management at global tech conferences. Katie holds a degree in Neuroscience and a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development. 



We're keen to involve a wide range of groups and citizens from the counties listed above, so to register your interest please complete this form .

We hope to include everyone who has registered and will contact you shortly on the email address provided to ask you to confirm your place. Please note that due to venue capacity and our interest in ensuring a diversity of voices from across the region, we may not be able to accommodate all expressions of interest.