As we celebrate Mayo Day we also celebrate the services and work carried out in Kilmovee. This video showcases the work carried out in the community and the services and facilities available to everyone who lives and visits Kilmovee. The music is provided by local musicians AnnMarie and Sarah Rooney. We look forward to welcoming you all again soon to our wonderful village.
Thanks to Marian Duggan, Western People for a very good article on the proposed development planned for Kilmovee Village.
Kilmovee has long been associated with providing community services, and a housing project with supported living for older people is its latest venture.
Ten supported homes for those over 60, a group home and communal facilities are part of Kilmovee Community Housing’s plans for a site in the centre of the village.
“It’s a new kind of development, a new way of supported living. It’s for people who want to stay in their homes and have their own front door for as long as possible,” explained Director of Kilmovee Community Housing Tommy Horan.
The development, which will sit on a 4.2 acre site, also includes a 1km looped walk with outdoor exercise equipment and a playground.
“This project is for young and old – for everyone in the community, “ added Community Centre manager Sheila Hunt. (Kilmovee Community Housing comes under the umbrella of Kilmovee Community Centre).
Plans have been drawn up by Eugene Waldron and Associates and meetings have taken place with Mayo County Council to discuss the proposals. While the group bought the site from their own resources funding will be sought from both the local authority and Department of Housing to erect the development.
Before the project goes before planning officers the housing group consulted locals this week and the feedback was “fantastic”.
“We’re very excited about it, explained Mr Horan.
It’s not the first time the organisation has provided homes for the community. In the 1990s eight social houses were built in the village, two for families and six for older people. Over the years there has been a waiting list for the houses with the services in the nearby community centre making them very popular.
“The idea was that people living in rural areas who felt they needed to come into a more urban setting could be supported. Now there are people who are looking to stay in their own homes as long as possible with some assistance. And when they can no longer do that there will be the option of the group home,” said Mr Horan.
The ten two-bedroom supported houses will be built around a central courtyard with a six-bedroom group home next door and communal facilities available to all. Accommodation will be provided for a manager/caretaker to live on site.
Both community activists are adamant there is a need for supported living in Kilmovee.
“I have no doubt if we built twice as many houses there would be demand for them. Between Kilmovee, Kilkelly and surrounding areas the demand is there,” said Mr Horan.
A funding application for the walkway has already been submitted under Sports Capital Funding and once Clár funding is announced an application will be made to support the playground development.
Kilmovee is renowned for its community services. Meals on Wheels, a laundry, recycling centre, heritage centre and astroturf pitch are among its assets but this latest project is a step up.
“It ties in well this week with the Rural Futures Plan. It’s all about having houses in rural villages, keeping villages alive and keeping the older people in villages,” said Ms Hunt.
“It’s too late for many rural communities but this would be a brilliant way of revitalising the community. Kilmovee has a history of getting things done,” added Mr Horan.
The village has been chosen as one of a few broadband hubs and individual work units and private office space is expected to be open in the centre later this month.
The Community Response team has done trojan work during the pandemic with 85 meals delivered on St Patrick’s Day. And a new polytunnel has been erected with gardening courses for children and adults expected in the coming weeks when restrictions allow. Volunteers are currently sought to help out with the gardening.
Meanwhile, work will begin on developing sites along the heritage trail this summer with funding secured last year.
“It’s the personal touch at all times. People are at the forefront of what we do. We strive to do what we can for the,” said Ms Hunt.
Anyone interested in securing a place in the new accommodation should contact Kilmovee Community Centre on 0949649484.
Kilmovee Community Housing Ltd, recently purchased a field adjacent to the Community Centre and plans are in place to develop accommodation for elderly and vulnerable people in the area. The site will include ten “two bedroom” houses that will be built around a communal garden area. There will also be a six bed group home, offering additional care. Features of the development will also include a playground and a 1km loop walk. This is an ambitious and exciting project and will, when complete, be of great benefit to some of the most vulnerable and at risk amongst our elderly and offer fun and recreation for our younger people and a place for exercise for all.
The Cabinet has agreed to ease lockdown restrictions in Ireland from April 12th.
Earlier this evening. Taoiseach Micheál Martin addressed the nation and outlined what freedoms people can expect to return from next month and the roadmap beyond that.
Here are the key points surrounding the easing of restrictions starting next month:
- April 12th: Extending the five-kilometre exercise limit to a county-wide limit. You can also travel within 20km of your residence if crossing county boundaries.
- April 12th: Two fully vaccinated people permitted to meet indoors, and two households permitted to meet outdoors;
- April 12th: All school students will return to classrooms. Early Learning and Childcare and school aged childcare services will be added to list of essential services for construction activity during these restrictions to align with the current exemption to primary and secondary schools;
- April 12th: A partial resumption of construction will begin with the return of 5,000 home building workers;
- April 19th: The return of elite athletics and GAA. Training for and playing of National Governing Body sanctioned and organised adult intercounty National Gaelic Games Leagues, not including under 20 or minor competitions;
- April 19th: Certain high performing athletes as approved by Sport Ireland, in a range of sports will be allowed to train.
- April 26th: Resuming some sporting activities including tennis, golf and under 18 training;
- April 26th: Reopening of zoos and heritage sites;
- May 4th: Reopening of museums and galleries;
- May: A phased return of personal services such as hairdressers, retail and click-and-collect services, and the remainder of construction.
The recommencement of religious services on a staggered basis will also be considered when the Government reassesses the restrictions again in May.
Kilmovee Community Centre has recently got funding to erect a gardening tunnel. We plan on running some gardening courses for adults and children, once restrictions allow.
If anyone would like to be involved, volunteer and grow some vegetables for a couple of hours per week please contact the Centre on 094 9649484