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Affordable accommodation at a critically low level in Galway

Galway Simon Community says the availability of affordable rented accommodation is at a critical level in Galway. According to the latest study released by the Simon Communities of Ireland, the gap between the Housing Assistance Payments and market rent prices has continued to increase. This latest Simon Communities study further demonstrates that the private rental sector [...]

Christmas Closing Hours 2019

Christmas Closing Hours 2019 Our office and shops will be closing on Monday 23rd December and will reopen as normal on Thursday 2nd January 2020. Please note referrals made to our services on our website will not be processed until Tuesday 7th January. If you are in need of emergency assistance, please contact the numbers listed [...]

A message to our supporters

As we come to the end of 2019, I want to express my sincere thanks to you for standing with Galway Simon to help close the door on homelessness for those in our community. Reflecting back on 2019, it has been a year marked by a lot of change and unfortunately a further growth in homelessness [...]

Full House at the Knights Before Christmas Concert

On Saturday December 14th local music group ‘The A Capella Knights’ filled the Galway Cathedral to capacity at their annual Christmas Concert in aid of Galway Simon Community. At the concert, there was a fantastic line up of festive music and dance with a range of epic performances from the Frenchville Brass Ensemble; Hession School of [...]

Galway Musician Releases Christmas Song in Support of those Facing Homelessness

Talented Galway Musician, Michael Mulryan, has released a Christmas Song in Support of those Facing Homelessness in Galway this Christmas. Support this Cause Our supporter Michael Mulryan has recorded his single 'The Red Man' in a bid to raise funds for those facing homelessness in Galway this Christmas. Michael participated [...]

Sixty Photographs for Simon by Vincent Butler

Long standing Simon Community supporter, Vincent Butler, produced a book of photography last year called ‘Sixty Photographs for Simon’. The book contains a compilation of 60 stunning photographs that Vincent has taken during his long career as an expert historian and guide, on cruises and expeditions across the world encompassing the Arctic, Scandinavia, Europe, Africa, South [...]

A Galway survivor: Local man who spent years on the streets becomes an ambassador for homeless

Local Galway Man, Dennis Connolly Dennis Connolly, a well-known Galway man has spoken out about his battle with homelessness in a bid to shine a light on the realities of sleeping rough, and to raise funds for Galway Simon Community who helped him to close the door on homelessness. Dennis Connolly was born in [...]

Introducing Dennis Connolly

Closing the Door on Homelessness With 2019 being the year of Galway Simon's 40th anniversary, it's only right to introduce you to one of the very first people that we supported, and still do today. Meet Dennis Connolly, a local Galway man who wants to share his story. Since we first met Dennis forty [...]

Galway rent rises for four years in a row

Galway Simon Community has responded to the latest Daft.ie Report saying that the rental market in Galway is in a crisis state and the government needs to respond in order to ensure more people do not become homeless. According to the Daft Q3 Rental Report, average rent in Galway City was recorded at €1,299 representing an [...]

Homelessness at its worst in Galway

Homeless charity Galway Simon Community has warned that the homelessness crisis is worse now than at any other time in the 40 years since the organisation was founded and they fear it will continue to get worse before it starts to improve. According to the charity, the number of households they have supported so far this [...]

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