MOUNTAIN MEITHEAL IRELAND
Volunteer work crews working all across Ireland
WHO WE ARE
Mountain Meitheal Ireland is a 100% volunteer organisation with a membership base. Members are the lifeblood of MMI.
Mountain Meitheal offers the opportunity to give something back by volunteering to work on maintaining and protecting our fragile environment in hill, mountain and wilderness areas. Due to the nature of the projects we undertake in the mountain environs you need to be 18 years of age or older to become a members.
Volunteers are welcomed so why not come along and join us on a workday and give it a try. No prior experience is needed.
Hands-on training is provided by trained leaders and our work is not all heavy duty; light touch is our motto. Projects involve water management, stone pitching, path and trail repairs, routine maintenance and much more. Volunteers are not expected to work beyond their capabilities. The standard of our work is professional and, although we take it very seriously, it is carried out good humouredly and with a sense of fun.
There are currently 5 branches throughout the country. For a list of branch activities simply make direct contact via email as per the addresses below:
Dublin/Wicklow (MMDW) - firstname.lastname@example.org
South-East (MMSE) - email@example.com
West (MMW) - firstname.lastname@example.org
North-West (MMNW) - email@example.com
Melleray (MMM) - firstname.lastname@example.org
For the 2024 work schedules for each branch click map locations.
THE MEITHEAL WAY
Meaningful work. Learning new skills
SUSTAINABLE PATH REPAIRS
protecting delicate surfaces
PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER
doing work they enjoy
MAKING NEW FRIENDS
with a shared interest in conservation
Dress for the weather!
'There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.'
The Adirondack shelter design originated, as the name suggests, in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state, USA in the 1930s and was based on older bivouac-style shelters used by hikers, fishermen and backwoodsmen travelling in remote areas. Similar shelters are also found in the Nordic countries such as Finland and Sweden where there is a long tradition of using simple shelters as temporary accommodation during hiking and fishing trips.
The shelters are constructed with three sides, a pitched roof and an open front. A raised platform can be used for sleeping and the huts can accommodate four to six people. Where fire rings exist, visitors are asked to minimize the use of wood to dead or downed wood, keep fires small and ensure the fire is extinguished before leaving. There is no waste collection so please pack out what you brought in.
As of 2014 there are three shelters along the Wicklow Way and two more in the Wild Nephin Wilderness Area in Co Mayo, one at Lough Avoher on the Bangor Trail and a second at Altnabrocky on the Western Way.
Each shelter has a visitor book in which visitors from all over Ireland, Europe, North America and further afield have left their comments and appreciation.