Category Archives: Essentials

12 Steps

The 12 Steps Of Alcoholics Anonymous

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Website Policy

Our Primary Purpose

  • To serve the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous
  • To serve as a resource for AA members, professionals working with alcoholics, the media and the public at large
  • To provide accurate and up-to-date information about A.A. meetings in the Area
  • Give clear directions on how to find the A.A. meetings
  • To provide information on-line for world-wide accessibility
  • Public Information: enhance AA profile in Area
  • To encourage service among AA members in AA service in Galway

Guiding Principles

  • Oversight of this website will be the responsibility of Galway West Area in accordance with the 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. Website policy approved by Tradition 6, 9, 11 and 12, and Data Protection of Ireland.
  • The editorial committee was proposed and adopted at Galway West Area Committee meeting on 17th April 2013. Details available on minutes.

Primary Reference Sources

Informed Group Conscience

  • Site has no commercial content
  • We are self-supporting
  • Have links to AA related sites
  • Take collective responsibility for content
  • Maintain personal anonymity


  • This site does not use cookies
  • We do not collect personal information on any visitor

Preamble as Gaeilge

Is Alcólaigh gan Ainm comhaltacht de na fir agus mná a gcuid taithí, neart agus tá súil lena chéile gur féidir leo a n-fadhb choitianta a réiteach agus cabhrú le daoine eile a ghnóthú ó alcólacht.

Is é an ceanglas ach ar bhallraíocht fonn macánta chun stop ag ól. Tá AA aon dleachtanna nó táillí. Níl sé gairmeacha gaolmhara le haon sect, ainmníocht, polaitíocht, eagraíocht nó institiúid.

An ní mian chun dul i mbun aon chonspóid. Ní fhormhuiniú ná i gcoinne aon cúiseanna. Is é ár príomhchuspóir chun fanacht sober agus cabhrú Alcólaigh eile sobriety a bhaint amach.

Galway Area

Galway Area Committee Meetings

Area Meetings are the primary General Service meetings of the Galway West Area’s groups, and are designed to conduct the service activities of the Area.

Voting members of the Area Meetings are GSRs (General Service Representatives) and Area Committee members, or, in their absence, their alternates.

Group Service Representative (GSR)

GSRs are the most important link that any group has with the rest of Alcoholics Anonymous. S/he is chosen by their Group or Meeting at Group Conscience, to carry the thoughts and ideas through to Area and to communicate the activities of Area back to their group.

AREA Committee Meeting

Galway West Area Meeting

20:30 to 22:00

Galway Bay Hotel



Area Meeting List: Wednesdays

Area meets approximately every 6 weeks


Why Galway Area Meeting?

Holding Galway West Area meetings allows full participation by AA members in our Conference Process and is one of Galway West Area’s primary functions.

Galway West Area represents the collective “Group Conscience” of all the groups and meetings within our area.

The work done during the Area Meeting is an important part of Galway West’s overall service work.

Telephone Service

The new telephone service was implemented to increase the connection times that any problem drinker can contact AA for help and has since its inception resulted in many 12 step calls. It also provides an opportunity to satisfy our primary purpose of “staying sober and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety”

Open Public Meetings

The Open Public Meetings in the past were held each month and organised by Galway West Area to offer those interested in our fellowship a fully informed and well structured meeting and gentle pathway into AA. It also provides an opportunity for members to speak at these meetings and to satisfy our primary purpose of “staying sober and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety”

Galway Convention

Organising the successful Galway Convention is part of the duties of Area

Public Information

The PI (Public Information) is responsible for talking with the public and informing them about our fellowship. You may have received a call from your PI convenor asking if you would talk at the many information talks organised.

Bridging the Gap

With an effective working telephone service in place, a informed professional community and public can access AA and be introduced personally to our fellowship through our  Public Open Meetings and from there on to the full programme of AA as practised in our 100 meetings in Galway City and County.


The Election of our Delegates to Intergroup takes place at Area meetings, The Intergroup Delegates communicates the Group Conscience through to Connaught Intergroup and on to Conference and carries back to Galway West Area communication regarding other Areas in Connaught and Conference.


Treasurers report on finances of AA in Galway Area. There are expenses for Carrying the Message and other Area Service activity and the use of this money needs to be open and transparent.

Is your group represented at Galway West Area?

Guest or Observer

You can also attend Area meetings as an observer or guest, where you can participate in discussions, however you will not have a vote unless you are a GSR (see above).