“Mapping the Lee: stories from the river”

Join Claire ni Mhuirthile and Cathy Buchanan who will be talking about the history of Meitheal Mara. The talk is part of the Autumn Lecture Series in the City Library. Poetry reading by Seamus Harrington The theme is “Mapping the Lee: stories from the river”.  The event is organised by Ciara Brett, City Archaeologist. Take me to the Event

Donal Lynch RIP: inspirational friend, mentor & founding member of the Meitheal Mara Board

All of us in Meitheal Mara are feeling the loss of Donal Lynch: inspirational friend, mentor, founding member of the Board and integral in so many ways to the shape and development of the company. Donal passed away on the morning of Friday 26/10/18, the week after his 81st birthday. Amongst many other things he was instrumental in Meitheal Mara’s purchase of the partially built longboat Fionnbarra in 2007. He was a member of the Read more…

Making a Connection – with currachs

This summer saw the start of a new project “Making a Connection” funded by the Heritage Council as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. As part of this project we began a boat-building course with a group of people living in direct provision. Over 12 weeks they built a Dunfanaghy – currach and in October they launched their boat An Bád Chorcaí. This project was a mix of acquiring new skills but also learning about Ireland’s heritage.  Read more…

Cork City Council congratulates Meitheal Mara

Many thanks to Cork City Council for their vote of congratulations. The city council recognise the work we do for Cork Harbour Festival incorporating Ocean to City. A huge team effort from all here in Meitheal Mara with major support from over 300 volunteers and of course our event partners from the harbour towns. We would like to take this opportunity again to thank everyone for their continued support of the Festival. It is a true coming together of Read more…

The Inter-firm Dragon Boat Challenge back for 2018!

Join us at Cork’s premier interfirm maritime challenge for: Fun Adventure Teambuilding Rivalry  Sign up for the Interfirm Dragon Boat Challenge! Form a crew today with your colleagues and friends, and try your hand at racing a 40ft dragon boat on the River Lee! Saturday 21 April and Sunday 1 July 2018 Twice each summer we invite companies, organisations and groups to take part in our spectacular Dragon Boat Challenge. Compete with 15 other crews to Read more…

Could currachs made in Cork be the solution for the devastated fishing community in Haiti?

This month a collaboration between Haiti Orphanage Project ESPWA, Cork’s Community Boatyard, Meitheal Mara, and Naomhóga Chorcaí saw two flat pack currachs making their way to Haiti. The mainstay of the Haitian economy was agriculture and fishing which were wiped out after the 2010 earthquake. To hasten a meaningful recovery these industries need to be revitalized. Cork volunteers, Seamus O’Brien (Meitheal Mara) and John Cronin (Haiti Orphanage Project ESPWA founder), travelled to Haiti to teach Read more…

€60m Spend on Haulbowline Remediation but no access to the water

The contract has been signed for the long-awaited capping of the Haulbowline tip. According to the consultants RPS “…..When it is finished, the nine-hectare site will be transformed into a public park with walkways and cycleways. It will also have a car park, a number of viewing areas and some sports pitches….” but no provision for a slip or pier, although the site is surrounded on three sides by water and lies just across the Read more…

”Serving a jail sentence was the best thing that ever happened to me”

Evening Echo interview with Seamus O’Brien – by Ellie O’Byrne 15 September 2017 “IF you catch one, you’re doing well. If you have a group of five, and you get two or three, you’re doing well. You’ll never get them all, and you have to accept that, too.” Seamus O’Brien is sitting in a room in the ramshackle but atmospheric surroundings of the Meitheal Mara community boatyard building, where he is the workshop manager. It’s Read more…

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 & Sailing, Maritime Culture and Activities and our Events. We also have a full photo gallery of everyone who works in Meitheal Mara, as well as a great news section. Thank you for sharing! http://meithealmara.ie/     Now recruiting! Four CE vacancies in Meitheal Mara Community Read more…

Busy summer for Bádoireacht youth programme

Communities Integration Rowing Programme In July and August, Meitheal Mara ran a rowing programme for young people living in Direct Provision together with young people from the Neighbourhood Youth Programme and St. Joseph’s Foroige group in Mayfield. This programme was funded by the Department of Justice and Equality through their Integration Funds Unit. In total 28 young people took part in the rowing sessions over a six-week period. The group experienced rain and strong winds Read more…

Submission on the proposal for new pedestrian and cycle bridge

Submission from Meitheal Mara on the proposal for a pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Merchant’s Quay and St Patrick’s Quay  (Part 8 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001). Submitted to Cork City Council on Tuesday 5th September 2017. Meitheal Mara is a community boat-yard and training centre based on the River Lee in Cork city centre. We are dedicated to promoting and fostering maritime culture and activities and to promoting public appreciation and enjoyment of Read more…

Now recruiting 3 boat building trainee positions

COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT (CE) SCHEME (19.5 HR P WK): BOAT BUILDER TRAINEE  Duties to include:  Boat building/woodwork training places offered in a community boat building yard. An interest in wood work and boat building desirable. Learning skills such as using hand held and power tools to produce boat building and woodworking associated products. Person specification: This is a developmental opportunity, no experience necessary. Accredited training will be provided to support your career. Please contact your local DSP Read more…

Meitheal Mara organises Inaugural Rowing Camp

Press Release: 22 August 2017 Organised by Meitheal Mara, Tuesday 22nd to Friday 25th of August will see dozens of young people from the Bádoireacht programme take part in the first ever Bádoireacht Rowing Camp. Every year Meitheal Mara trains young people from all over Cork City in currach rowing ahead of the Ocean to City race. Many of these young people complete the race with a passion for the rowing and a desire to Read more…

July Newsletter: Meitheal Mara Youth Crews get set to make waves!

Thursday 13 July, 18:30-19:30, Blackrock – Cork City Meitheal Mara Youth Crews get set to make waves! Organised by Meitheal Mara, tomorrow Thursday 13th of July will see dozens of young people from the Bádoireacht programme take part in a heated Youth Race between Blackrock and Cork City. Starting at 18:30 from the newly renovated Blackrock Harbour, the crews include Cork Life Centre, Bishopstown Youth Project, Farranree Youth Project, Ballyphehane Foroige, Douglas Foroige, Ballincollig Foroige Read more…

March Newsletter

CE Vacancies in Meitheal Mara: Group Worker Community Employment (CE) Scheme (19.5 hr p wk) Duties to include:  Assisting with the organising of group training sessions (outdoors rowing/paddling on the River Lee), and onshore skills indoors in the training room and/or workshop. Assist in keeping records and in the development and promotion of Meitheal Mara’s water activities programmes through communication, networking and other activities as required. For more information click here. CE Vacancies in Meitheal Mara: Read more…

February Newsletter

Meitheal Mara announces plans for Cork Maritime Hub! On Friday the 20th of January, Minister Simon Coveney TD launched Meitheal Mara – The Future, our new Strategic Plan. Our objectives for the future are ambitious and include the realisation of an expanded Meitheal Mara as part of an integrated maritime hub for Cork City. Read more… Currach Building Workshops available for Community Groups Meitheal Mara is inviting expressions of interest from Community Organisations who would like Read more…

Meitheal Mara announces ambitious plans for Cork Maritime Hub

On Friday 20th of January, Minister Simon Coveney TD launched the new Strategic Plan of Meitheal Mara, Cork’s community boatyard and maritime heritage organisation. The organisation’s plans for the future are ambitious and include the realisation of an expanded Meitheal Mara as part of an integrated maritime hub for Cork City. Speaking at the launch, Minister Simon Coveney TD said, ‘This is an ambitious plan with many potential benefits, not just for Meitheal Mara, but Read more…

Meitheal Mara | The Future | Strategic Plan

Message from the Chair of Meitheal Mara Meitheal Mara has grown from a small idea into an internationally recognised leader in community-based maritime services, underpinned by the energy and skill of committed and enthusiastic staff members. I would like to acknowledge the tireless and selfless work of Meitheal Mara’s current and former Board members, managers and staff members. Over the last 20 years, this team of people has managed to develop and share the organisation’s maritime culture ethos by bringing the Read more…