Mountain Meitheal, founded in 2002 offers the opportunity to give something back by volunteering to work on trails thereby protecting our fragile environment. We work in partnership with other bodies such as the 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. Volunteers and third parties are insured through the Mountaineering Ireland insurance scheme.
To date the group has built 14km of trails in upland areas, built and repaired bridges; we have constructed three emergency shelters on the Wicklow Way, one on the Bangor Trail and one on the Western Way in County Mayo. We run training courses periodically. We are self financing and depend on contributions from our supporters to fund our projects.
Mountain Meitheal Ireland was formed in 2015 as the governing body for all Mountain Meitheal branches and aspirant branches. There are currently two branches, Mountain Meitheal Dublin Wicklow and Mountain Meitheal South East.
- Protect and conserve the mountain and forest environment by repairing, maintaining and building mountain and forest trails while:
- maintaining the challenge for recreational users
- Striving to preserve a sense of solitude and a wilderness experience.
- Spread an awareness of sustainable recreation.
- Provide enjoyable projects and activities for our volunteers.