Strange Boat - Organ Donation Awareness


Recent Visitors to Circle of Life Garden

Over the past few months the Circle of Life Garden has played host to various visitors including many people from within the organ donation community itself.  

Currently ranked no. 4 of things to do in Galway on TripAdvisor,  the Circle of Life Garden welcomes visitors from all over the world, and in the past few months played host to many people from within the organ donation community as well as high profile personalities such as the Mayor of Chicago.

During his visit to Galway, which coincided with Organ Donor Awareness Week in early April, Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited the Circle of Life Garden and planted a yew tree in memory of organ donors worldwide. He was welcomed by Denis & Martina Goggin and Jim Egan, Director, Organ Donation & Transplant Ireland.

A yew tree was also planted by the TY students of the nearby Dominican Convent in Taylors Hill.

Isabel Terry from Cork who received a double lung and heart transplant late last year visited the garden in April.

The family of Orla O’Malley whose organs were donated following her tragic death in a car accident last year planted a rose bush in her memory and also donated €5,100 to the Foundation. This money was raised by Shane Warde, friend of the family, who ran the Connemarathon in memory of Orla, and to raise funds for the circle of Life Garden.


Forty-five members of the Roscommon Gardening Club visited the garden in May and advised on stocking the pond with an array of water plants, initiating a pond planting programme.

Chris Thomas from Sydney, Australia and President of the World Transplant Games Federation stopped off in Salthill to visit the Circle of Life Garden during a brief visit to Ireland in May.

The annual Anam Cara celebration of life event was held in the Garden in June and attended by parents, siblings and friends of children who have died.  The event included reflections and music and the placing of children’s names on a tree in the Anam Cara special area in the garden.


The Circle of Life Garden is a welcoming space for all visitors.

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