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What Transition Town do you belong to?
Transition Town Omagh
What are your main interests / skills / experience?
Main transition interest is extending the Transition network and building capacity, skills included facilitation, in conflict resolution, peace and reconciliation, teaching organic gardening,
More information about my group's work...
Progress to Date from the End of October 2008 to May 2nd

• We have a rent free home (for the time being) in the former Ulster History Park and expect to have a gardener in place to start preparing the ground for new Permaculture Gardens in early September 2009. This gives us a great training and workshop space, class room facilities, along with a fully equipped auditorium and 32 acres of grounds, conference facilities and accommodation if needed. It would also give us to the scope to run national or international transition events
• Marella is running organic vegetable and fruit gardening workshops on a monthly basis following the growing season, Valerie Whitworth is running singing/labyrinth workshops on a monthly basis.
• Valerie Whitworth working with Briege Mc Clean has also produced, directed and broadcast four one hour Transition Town radio programmes in December 2008 for the new Strule Community Radio. We are awaiting a link to the archive to make it available to everyone.
• Paul Brogan worked on our Wiki site which is up and running and proving a good source of information for all
• James Devlin , a permaculturalist who trained with Bill Mollinson advises and guides us re the future design of the gardens in the History Park
• 200 trees were planted at a community awareness event in December
• First Transition Town workshop took place on Jan 25th attended by over thirty people
• First Powerdown introductory Workshop took place Sun 8th February attended by 15 people, with 10 unable to travel due to snow. Workshops every fortnight and very well attended
• Database of over 600 real contacts in place
• Weekly email updates and updating of wiki site ongoing
• A Transition Town board has been put together (18) with representatives from all sectors, this step was taken in order to comply with future funding specifications and will be there primarily to oversee the Social Enterprise aspect to Transition Town Omagh. We have applied for company status limited by guarantee with charitable status . Transition town Omagh is fundamentally an open source non hierarchical organisation and will be guided by the Special Interest Groups.
• Transition town has a Sunday at the Mid Ulster Film Festival, where we have been invited by the organisers to screen three transition town films.
• In the next few months we will be concentrating heavily on community involvement and building the special interest groups ,energy, waste, food, transport, and the head the heart and the hands. With this in mind
• We expect/hope to launch our first local energy project in September/October
• We expect/hope to launch our three year community gardening project in Septmber/October
• We expect/hope to launch our first local transport initiative at Halloween
• We have a on going presence in the local newspapers
• We have spoken at events with our local member of European Parliament and have been quoted by same Barabara de Bruin (MEP) and Michelle Gildernew
• We have appeared on the six o clock news BBC/UTV
• We have attended conferences in the UK and the Republic of Ireland re Transition Town Movement

• We are speaking at meetings all over the country about Transition Towns
• Bigger organisations are now starting to approach us to work with them such as Northern Ireland Energy Agency, Belfast Unemployment Centre, Macha Community Gardens, Local Alchol Awareness groups.
• We have registered ourselves with the District Council, The Rural Network and FOCUS (an urban network of community groups)

• We have written 2 major and 2 minor funding applications which we are awaiting news on.
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Introduction to Permaculture

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 19:57 1 Comment

Dear Fellow Transitioners,

Most of you know that we are attempting to run the first" Introduction to permaculture" course in Northern Ireland at Glenhordial permaculture farm this weekend. However the take up on the course has been poor and to date we have just three places booked,with another three people interested in a concessionary place. There are probably a number of reasons for this, but I feel the main one is that people simply do not… Continue

A Year in the Life of Omagh Transition Town

Posted on December 22, 2009 at 23:00 3 Comments

To have a look at an infrequent newsletter from Omagh Transition click on the link below

Transition Times Dec 2009.pdf

Benedict issues forceful environmental message

Posted on December 21, 2009 at 22:02 2 Comments

What ever your feelings are about the Catholic Church it is interesting that it seems to be getting involved in the Climate Change Debate read more here . Copenhagen may well be known for the deals that were not made,it will also be known for bringing the conversation into the lives and kitchens of the multitudes.

The hairdresser , the publican and the parish priest are now all… Continue

Free Guide to setting up your own local currency

Posted on December 16, 2009 at 21:22 0 Comments

Transition Network is delighted to be able to present the first in an occasional series of pdf. only ‘How to’ guides, focusing on the experience of the Lewes Pound, and how to set up a similar scheme. You can download the guide here (Lewes-Pound-How-To-Guide.pdf,

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At 9:42 on May 6, 2010, Raphaël Souchier said…
Hi Marella, yes I've been taking care of my fruit trees (& planting 14 new ones of local species: cherry, plum, flat peach, pear, apple...). But I will leave my orchard to a friend, as we are moving to Brittany soon. Hope to begin there again.

I'll be happily back to Eire at the end of this month. In Cloughjordan (where I hope to come with some French friends on the 26th afternoon), & in Kilkenny (where I will attend mayor Malcolm Noonan's event on resilient economies, with some friends from Ireland & other countries from around the world!.

If you can make it there, don't hesitate to join, so we can talk
At 14:02 on October 22, 2009, Martin Giannini said…
hi marella, thanks for your comments... actually it was Alex who got to it first. about changing title again... putting it on two lines is not something we have control over. sorry!!!
At 11:51 on October 21, 2009, TINIreland said…
Hi Marella,

I've had a look and what's happening is that ongoing events are staying at the top because of their start date, I've put in a call to Suzie re her one which is listed for a year, if they are looking for new folk on a weekly basis maybe it will need to be updated weekly, the next one is not an event yet and so I've asked Ruth Fortune to move it to a forum or blog spot, and my own powerdown one will now get updated on a weekly basis as we are looking for new participants on a weekly basis.

So for ongoing events that don't need updating, I think we can set up a box of their own on the left, just under resources, what do you think of all that?

Warm regards

At 23:00 on October 13, 2009, Andy Hallewell said…
Hi Marella,
Greatly encouraged by our meeting in Enniskillen yesterday and looking forward to developing ideas with all groups further. Thanks for the Omagh invite, I may be joining Donegal (how traitorous!) but only coz it's a wee bit nearer!!
At 21:55 on October 13, 2009, Leslie O'Donnell said…
Marella - you wouldn't happen to be using an autoresponder would you?
At 17:36 on September 30, 2009, Les Squires said…
I don't see the problem you're describing. I need the URL of the page where the problem occurs. Go to that page and copy the HTTP:// reference at the top of your browser. Send that to me and I'll take a look.
At 13:39 on September 20, 2009, John Barry said…
Hi Marella. Thanks for that . Will email my networks about your showing of the Age of Stupid. Have you heard of the 7th Generation project here in Belfast? good bunch of people, a lot of whom are also involved in the Transition Belfast initiative. They're putting on a weekend in Oct in Corrymeela that might interest you and others there in TT Omagh - 'Open Space on pathways towards (re)balancing our sustainability' equation
Perhaps you could pass this on to others?

At 8:34 on September 17, 2009, Alex Duffy said…
Hi Marella,

'tis me that's making the changes, the header text is now a darker colour and you should be able to read it, if you widen the window its ok, but when its small it overlaps, so is it ok now??

Love Alex
At 21:33 on August 31, 2009, Les Squires said…
Hi Marella, You said ...Marella here from Transition Omagh , on the Omagh site on T.Ireland the info I put on originally seem s to have replicated itself again and again and I am unable to edit it .Any suggestions? -- it's your RSS reader that's causing this problem. I removed the RSS from your group and the duplicated materials all went away. What's the RSS source?
At 10:06 on July 16, 2009, Cathy Fitzgerald said…
Yes, definitely coming to Tyrone

Looking forward to meeting you if you can make it too




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