“Meitheal” is the Irish word for a workgroup usually made up of volunteers who come together to work on a project for the common good or to benefit the community.
Mountain Meitheal Ireland is the governing body for Mountain Meitheal branches who undertake projects to protect and conserve mountain and forest areas in Ireland. They maintain trails which are sympathetic to the surrounding countryside and promote sustainable recreation by encouraging personal responsibility and awareness.
Mountain Meitheal, founded in 2002 offers the opportunity to give something back by volunteering to work on trails thereby protecting our fragile environment. They work in partnership with Coillte, the Dublin Mountain Partnership, National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Wicklow Way Partnership and also with private landowners. Mountain Meitheal supports and endorses the work of Leave No Trace Ireland.
The South East branch pictured here have undertaken some important projects including the restoration of a section of trail leading to Lough Curra in the Galtee mountains. This is a trail that runs between a stand of Larch and an old loose stone wall. The stone wall had to remain untouched which created problems for water management. This was solved by digging a side drain the length of the trail and constructing a new durable sloped surface so that the rainwater ran into the drain. The project was organised in partnership with Coillte who supplied the materials. Many thanks to all the volunteers who give up their time and energies to help preserve and protect the glen and its trails. For more information on Mountain Meitheal and the great work they do, please click here.