The mission and vision of Mayo Abbey community council is to provide a community that is welcoming, offers training and employment for its people. We will be forward looking and will be leaders rather than followers with skills developed through training and mentoring. Continuing the traditions of rural Ireland, we will respect our young and elderly and be there for each other in times of need.
Mayo Abbey is a small rural village situated in in South Mayo. It is predominantly a farming community; average farm size is 35 acres and is located 6 miles from Claremorris, 3 miles from Balla and 7 miles from Carnacon. Our close knit community situated in the heart of South Mayo covers an area of over 40 square kilometres with over 432 households and a population of 1,210 (parish census 2009). A burning community spirit, dedication, hard work and a whole lot of team spirit has driven the development of the Mayo Abbey Community Resource Centre to where it is to-day.
1993 Community Council Formed.
1993 First sponsored C.E. Scheme.
1993 – 1995 Village Enhancements projects completed.
1994 Heritage group established to research, promote and record the History of Mayo Abbey.
1996 Mayo Abbey Development Company Formed.
1997 A survey was undertaken to investigate the needs of the community. Following this survey it was decided to proceed with the building of the Community Centre.
1998 Work commences on the Community Centre.
2000 Oct. Building project completed at a cost of €450,000 and Centre officially opened by Dr Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam. Facilities in the building at that time included childcare, community office, audiovisual room, youth and family facilities, kitchen, function, heritag and training rooms.
2000 Social Housing Committee established.
2000 Renovation of the Famine Church commenced.
2001 Childcare services launched, employed four fulltime and three part time staff, it catered for twenty-two children in ages ranging from zero to five.
2001 Youth committee formed, involved with the community council in planning a community vegetable and herb garden.
2002 Active retirement group set up.
2002 Social Housing committee set up.
2002 Renovation of Old Parochial House.
2002 Major fundraising draw held to reduce debt on Resource Centre.
This draw raised €90,000 net.
2003 With no public transport available, a community wheelchair accessible mini-bus was purchased and Community Transport Service launched.
2003 Community laundry service set up in July.
2004 Development of range of courses.
2004 St. Colman’s Training Centre Opens.
2005 Funding approval received for new Child Care Centre.
2005 Work started on setting up an Organic Garden.
2006 Construction started on building of new Childcare Centre to cater for 70 children.
2006 Housing Group agrees in principle with Mayo County Council on a joint housing venture of 21 houses.
2006 Commencement of After School Service, Abbey Tots.
May 2006 Mayo County Council nominate Mayo Abbey Community to
represent the county in the National Finals of the Pride of Place
Oct 2006 Mayo Abbey is awarded overall winner in their category in National
Finals of Pride of Place, wins 1st Place.
2006 Agreed a joint housing development with Mayo County Council for 17 Houses and 4 Affordable Sites.
2007 Mayo Abbey Resource Centre nominated to represent the county for the LAMA awards in the National Finals, was among the final eight short-listed. The LAMA Awards were created to honour exemplary projects within the community. Mayo Abbey was selected in the best Public Building Category as a facility that enhanced life for the community as a whole.
2007 Funding approved for Housing Project.
2007 Housing development commenced.
2007 New Mini Bus purchased.
2008 St. Colman’s Training Centre is F.E.T.A.C. Accredited.
2008 New Childcare Facility completed and opened in March.
2009 Housing Development completed.
2009 Horticulture Garden is granted Organic Status by I.O.F.G.A.
2009 First F.E.T.A.C. Training Courses completed.
2009 Foroige Club wins National Award.
2009 Mayo County Council commenced work on the village sewerage scheme.
2010 32 New members joined Community Council.
2010 Canteen opened 14 September 2010.
2010 New Web Site gone live with Facebook link.
2010 Mayo People of the Year 2010 Award.
2011 Twitter Link added to Web Site
2011 Official Opening of Cnoc na nIur, Housing Project by President Mary McAleese Sat. 28th May.
2012 Official opening of Training Kitchen