What We Do
The main emphasis of our community is to provide a place of "Time out". It has been our experience that a balance between the Spiritual, Mental and Physical sides of life enhances the development of the individual.
It is important to note that during the 16 centuries of Christianity in Ireland before us, people lived a practical and prayerful life. In this contemplative mode Christian communities and settlements became centres for learning, schools of holiness, storehouses for books and knowledge, and excellent producers of craft, music and art. It was from these communities that villages and towns developed giving us the society that we are now emerging from.
Existing Derilict Farmhouse
Today the pace of life has changed. We have become a fast growing economy. We have changed from The Island of Saints and Scholars to the Celtic Tiger. Many have become so caught up in the material side of their existence that they have failed to develop the spiritual side of their lives. They have lost the creative use of their mind and the physical willingness and ability to be productive in the areas of art, craft and basic social and survival skills. In all our towns and villages and even in rural areas many now live in isolation, whereas in the past everyone knew their neighbours and had an interest in their well-being. Our homes too have been invaded by all kinds of modern means of communication. This in itself is good but at times when there is not a proper balance, it can result in isolation and loneliness even for people within their own homes.
The Muintir Mhuire Community strives to bring about a more integrated approach to life, where all good and new advances, those in technology and science, in media and communications are fully appreciated and put to good use, while at the same time reviving some of the above mentioned treasures of our ancestors. These treasures revolve around the idea of Muintireas where everyone cares and together Pray, Study and Work for the good of each other.
Our prayer program explores the richness of the Catholic tradition. We are convinced that in order to find true happiness we must be in contact with the One who created us. We are also convinced that the God who created us is the Father of Jesus Christ and that He has revealed everything to us in Him. It follows that the high point of our prayer is the celebration of Holy Mass.
As our name clearly shows we are a Marian Community. This too comes from the Irish tradition of seeing Mary as the one who leads us to her son and who in every age has shown her concern for us, her children.
Each day we pray the Rosary, celebrate Holy Mass, and spend time in Adoration. We also pray Morning and Evening prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours.
Holy Mass is the central part of our prayer.
We always prepare for the celebration of Holy Mass by praying one part of the Rosary.
After each Holy Mass we kneel and pray the Creed and the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father, seven times.
We do this because we see the need to prepare ourselves by having a time of quiet reflective prayer before Holy Mass begins, and the need to spend time in thanksgiving after Holy Mass ends.
It is encouraged that each member of the community give at least two hours devoted to study each day. Our study is intended to give the members of the community the opportunity to increase their knowledge of Holy Scripture and Church teaching and also to give them the opportunity to get to know the lives of the saints and their writings.
Study items include:
- Introduction to the Scriptures.
- New Catechism of the Catholic Church.
- Church Documents.
- Vatican II Documents.
- History of the Church.
- Writings of the Saints.
It is an integral part of Muintir Mhuire that one undertakes physical work as part of our focus on self sufficiency. There is no truer sense of achievement or satisfaction, than that from working with our hands. We aim for excellence in all that we do in this way giving glory and thanksgiving to God for the great graces He has bestowed upon us. Each Member contributes as per their individual Talents.
Our Craft Centre will be developed over time using local raw materials to produce fine works in:
- Basket Making.
Arts and crafts studio.
Some of the finest clay in ireland is found in East Cork also there is existing Willow plants growing along the hedgerows of our property. In time these will be harvested in order to supply our craft studios.
It is our aim as the project develops that people will have a wide choice of work. Traditionally there was a Blacksmith working on the farm producing farm implements, hinges, horse shoes and many more metal objects. The remains of an old forge are still standing. We plan to restore this forge and return to the traditional way of working with metal. We also plan to revive some of the other traditional rural crafts.
- Metalwork shop.
- Woodwork shop , to include carving, wood turning.
- Horticulture and Organic gardens.
Offering a meaningful, balanced working life for everyone, is our endeavor. Each person's contribution is important and varies according to their individual talents. Through ones work everyone can gain dignity and develop self-worth. It is our plan that we will become self-sufficient through our organic crop produce, our craft works and our recycling centre.
To the west area of our site we have over 3 acres of arable land. It is here that we plan to position our organic farm. We also have a separate farm entrance to the rear of the hermitages leading to:
- Polly Tunnels.
- Rotated system of crop growing.
- Growing area for fresh flowers.
- Herb and spice gardens.
Our plan is to have hens, ducks, geese, pigs, cows. All of these will enable us to be self sufficient. There are many products that can be obtained from having just one or two cows.