About Meitheal Mara – community boatyard cork 

Meitheal Mara (meh-hal ma-ra) translates roughly as ”Workers of the Sea”.
Meitheal can be translated as “community” and Mara literally means “of the sea” in Irish.

Founded in 1993, Meitheal Mara is a community boatyard in the heart of Cork City,
a registered charity and nationally-accredited training centre.

For further information on our programmes please click on the links below:

The Meitheal Mara Team

 

Meet our management team

Cathy Buchanan

Cathy Buchanan

General Manager

Overall responsibility for leadership, management, programmes and operations of Meitheal Mara.

Seamus O'Brien

Seamus O'Brien

Boatyard Manager

Responsibility for the workshop, boat building activities, woodwork and personal development training programmes.

Eli Caamano

Eli Caamano

Assistant Boatyard Manager

Provides management back-up and training in the workshop and wood turning training.

Marie Drew

Marie Drew

Tuition & Programme Support

Provides expertise, back-up and support for training and progression activities for trainers, staff and learners.

Joya Kuin

Joya Kuin

Event Manager

Coordinates the Cork Harbour Festival; manages Ocean to City and PR activities for Meitheal Mara.

Clare Hayden

Clare Hayden

Bádoireacht Manager

Responsibility for Meitheal Mara’s youth programme and for on-the-water activities and services.

What they say...

Donal, 2016

Donal, 2016

The Lantern Community Project

"Meitheal Mara and the boat building gave me a sense of purpose and reason to get up in the morning. I looked forward to meeting Seamus, Eli and all the other people I got to know. With the help of this course and my involvement in the Lantern I built up my confidence and made a plan to go back to work."

Don O'Leary

Don O'Leary

Cork Life Centre

''Through their involvement with the project our students took part in the Ocean to City Youth Race in June 2015 and were declared race winners on the day. It would be difficult to overstate the significance of this achievement and community involvement for the students involved-for some it was without doubt one of the highlights of the academic year.''

Natalya, Clinical Nurse

Natalya, Clinical Nurse

City Links

"City Links and the Mental Health Services find the Meitheal Mara programme to be an excellent resource to service users attending the mental health services. Attendees gain invaluable experience in team work, communication and skills development, which is an integral aspect of social inclusion and compliments and enhances the rehabilitative model, building confidence and inspiring choice in activity and career development."

News

News

September Newsletter

  New website for Meitheal Mara! We’re delighted to announce that our new website is now online. Come have a browse and learn about our Community Work & Training, Boat Building & Woodcraft, Seamanship, Rowing Read more…

Get in touch

Find us in the  boatyard:

Crosses Green House
Crosses Green
Cork City
Ireland

Contact us:

office[@]meithealmara.ie
+353 21 4316813

Mon - Fri, 9:00-17:00