Dry Stone Wall Course

Traditional crafts thriving in Kilmovee

We are delighted to be able to offer our third Dry stone wall course, led by Kilmovee native Dominic Keogh of Vernacular Conservation Ltd. 

Over 2 days, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th September 2021, Dominic will be joined by instructor Eoin Madigan to give hands on training in dry stone building. They will demonstrate how our rich local heritage of drystone walling has created unique and very bio diverse habitats within our vernacular landscape. Places are limited so please contact us to book attendance. 

“Very enjoyable and informative. Everybody was included and worked well as a team. Great experience in a lovely part of Mayo”.

Participant from stone wall course held in 2019

Accommodation is available within 5 minutes drive at Willowbrook Glamping

Community Polytunnel
Community Polytunnel

Well done to our Staff and RSS workers for getting the Community Tunnel looking amazing👏👏 .

A huge amount of work has been done since we got the tunnel in March & special thanks to Brendan Costello for his hard work.  We have run an Organic Gardening course with the support of Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board. We have had biodiversity and growing workshops for the local NS and have had a Staff workshop with the Organic Centre in Leitrim thanks to South Mayo SICAP

We plan to have an open day soon to show off our new project and sell some of the produce. We will also be setting up a gardening group and welcome new members and volunteers to keep the garden growing🥔🌾🍓🥕🌽🍅🥦

🥒  Thanks to The Community Foundation for Ireland and RTE does comic relief for the funding for our tunnel.

KILMOVEE UPDATES

Kilmovee Heritage & Tourism were delighted to be able to host two events for local schoolchildren funded by Creative Ireland in the last few weeks.  The funding was to encourage groups to take part in heritage and cultural activities in the community.  


Pupils from Tavrane and Kilmovee NS took part in a drumming workshop in the Thatch Cottage with Barra O Flanniagh from Slí na Croí Drumming.  Also to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg, we facilitated a biodiversity workshop for Kilmovee NS in our new community polytunnel.  The polytunnel is a recent addition to the amenities in Kilmovee, with funding from RTE does Comic Relief.  The children were presented with upcycled gardening aprons made by Roscommon Women’s Network CycleUp environmental group. 


It was great to be able to have small groups back again in the Community Centre and to organise events in line with the current restrictions.  We plan to hold more events in the coming months, including our third Dry Stone Wall course with Kilmovee’s native stonemason Dominic Keogh on September 4th & 5th.  For more details contact the centre on 094 96 49484 or email [email protected].   

New Development covered in local Press

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.

New Project

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.

Covid Updates

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.

Community Tunnel

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