The Swans of Galway
Reporting live from the 2014 Galway International Convention of Swans (GICOS)
This year’s GICOS is off to a remarkable start, with attendance numbers far above last year’s convention— due, in large part, to the unseasonably nice weather in Galway. Swans (and other pigment challenged fowl) have gathered along the River Corrib and the Galway Bay from all over Ireland to take part in intensive lectures, seminars, breakout sessions and networking in order to promote the well-being of all fowl-kind.
This year’s GICOS features a variety of highly qualified speakers addressing the most important issues affecting the pigment challenged fowl of today’s modern Ireland. The two most buzzed-about speakers this year are Professor Rutherford T. Gibbs, who will be lecturing on the current state of inter-species fowl relations, and noted environmentalist Maria Bolshoi, who will be discussing issues relating to water quality.
As always, this year’s seminars address popular topics affecting today’s modern swans. Opening the conference was the yearly roundup of political and safety issues with discussions on what the swan population can work towards. An annual favorite, this year’s Swans in Formation seminar had a bit of a twist, titled The Mighty Ducks and a Sport Called Hockey— Formations from Human Sports. And of course this year’s highly anticipated new seminar, Mating for Life: What We Can Learn From Penguins, was filled completely to capacity.
Breakout session focused on more nontraditional topics this year, including the following:
Shake Ya Tail Feathers: Dancing for Health
Learning from Our Neighbors: Seagulls Take Flight
Boat ‘n Float Safety
Hundreds of birds also took part in the offered networking opportunities, with some of the younger birds bonding a bit too well.
While a few local fowl were unhappy with having not received an invitation to the conference, most attendees have only exemplary feedback and have expressed enthusiastic interest in attending next year’s GICOS.
p.s. But in all seriousness, there are a SHIT TON (the technical measurement) of swans in Galway.