The Kilmaley Meitheal Co Ltd is a voluntary community organisation founded for the development of the parish of Kilmaley in 1996. Meitheal is the “umbrella” development organisation, encompassing a separate company, the Kilmaley Voluntary Housing Association (KVHA).
A committee of 18 volunteers from the parish meets on the last Tuesday of every month at Kilmaley Daycare Centre to discuss work on hand and to plan for future development in the parish. Meitheal is responsible for running the FÁS scheme in the parish, which employs 15 workers and brings €340,000 a year into the parish from the state.
Meitheal is responsible for the official recognition, blessing and marking of the children’s graveyards in the parish, in Kilmaley, Connolly, Inch and Drimanure.
Meitheal is also responsible for the ongoing maintenance of all green areas in the parish, the old graveyards, the pitches and the churches.
Meitheal organises a parish clean-up day every April. We also tidy and develop the areas around the crossroads in the parish.
As well as employing FÁS workers for maintenance and building work, we also provide workers for the daycare centre and the crèche in Kilmaley.
In the winter of 2010/11, during the “big freeze”, Meitheal paid for and provided grit for the local roads. Meitheal also paid to have the roads gritted to aid safe passage on the local roads.
Meitheal has annual ongoing expenses of insurance, equipment, materials, sand, cement, stone, trees, flowers and shrubs.
All accounts are audited annually and submitted to the FÁS head office, as well as the Registrar of Companies.