Who We Are
Muintir Mhuire was set up on 1st Oct 2003 in Monacraigh Cottage, Ladysbridge, Co. Cork, a house on temporary loan by another charity.It began totally dependent on Divine Providence, with httle funds assets or materials, but with great trust in a loving God who knows all our needs. It was set up by Fr. Donal 0' Callaghan, who has been working as a priest for the last 30 years, and been led by the Holy Spirit to the assistance of many young people.
These are his words:
"During all these years I had met many young people who at the time of decision in their lives, found themselves under a lot of pressure, people who were badly in need of a place to take time out to be able to look at all the options available to them. A place where they could begin to appreciate all their blessings and come to know the immense love that God has for them.".
"Over many years this realisation of a need for such a place became a desire to do something about it and the desire grew stronger"
So it was after much thought, prayer, fasting and discussion with family and friends a group came together with Fr. Donal and set about the formation of Muintir Mhuire with the support of his bishop. Bishop John Magee, Bishop of Cloyne appointed Fr. Donal Spiritual Director to Muintir Mhuire and freed him from other pastoral duties so that he could devote himself full time to organising Muintir Mhuire.
The most important asset of the community is its members. The community was set up to provide a place to take Time Out and each member benefits from this. The person and his/her needs come first, they come before the organisation, or the group as a whole.Member's put the other's need before their own forgetting about their own struggles and issues while at the same time accepting their own Cross and limitations. This way we leam and grow in acceptance, love, forgiveness and peace with each other. To date there has been over 40 members and many others who have benefited and now compliment and support the community.
Muintir Mhuire was formed on October 1st. 2003 when a small group led by Fr. Donal O'Callaghan came together at Monacraigh Cottage, Ladysbridge. Co. Cork.
It consists of the following:
Limited company named "Muintir Mhuire Toeranta" company no. 371478.
Board of Directors:
Sr. Theresa Breen , chairperson.
Sr. Elizabeth Sheehan.
Mrs. Joan Doyle.
Mr. John Buckley.
Mr. John Dennehy.
Mr. Tim Meehan.
Mrs. Mary Wilkinson.
Registered Charity with Tax exemption, Charitable Status no. CHY 15432.
Under the Patronage of Most Rev, Dr John Magee.
Spiritual Director , Fr Donal O'Callaghan.
Supported by "Cairde Muintir Mhuire" a group of supporters and benefactors set up for the assistance and development of Muintir Mhuire.
I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him will bear much fruit.
Member of Community
“For a long time before I joined the community I had a lack of enthusiasm and hope for life, I ended up giving up my job and had even given up wanting to put in an effort to live life. The reason for this was because I perceived things to be true in relation to dealing with people that were not true and nothing I had tried prior to then to end this suffering had worked. The main problems were what I thought people were saying about me, how was I coming across to people and a self-consciousness that resulted in me withdrawing from interacting with people. After going through this for a long time I ended up having a carefree attitude by not caring about myself or anyone else and feeling depression, anxiety and despair.
Then one day when I was in Medjugorje I was introduced by a lady to Muintir Mhuire.
I met and talked with the spiritual director and a member of the community. I felt what they had to say was very encouraging, hopeful and that the issues I was dealing with would be healed with enough time and prayer. I brought home and read some of the literature and gave it some thought for a while because joining the community meant leaving home and moving to Cork. Then eventually I decided I would give it a try and join up for six months or more.Since then I can say in all honesty that many parts of my life have been greatly improved. Not only do I not suffer anymore from all the problems which I mentioned above, other aspects of my life, which I never intended or even considered needed improving have been greatly developed. Abilities such as managerial and leadership skills, problem solving, being available for people when they need to talk, giving encouragement and being able to identify and help others who have similar difficulties that I had. These are abilities I didn’t know I had. Some of the most valuable things I’ve learned about Christian Community Living is that being preoccupied with the needs of others; I take the emphasis off myself, I stop focusing on what I can’t do or don’t have and start appreciating and being grateful for all I can do and the gifts God has given me.
I would like to finish by saying that I am confident that I would not be where I am now without all the prayer, support and friendship that I experienced while being a member of Muintir Mhuire. I will always be grateful to all who were involved in the community while I was a member and I strongly believe that it is making a very valuable contribution to the lives of other people and the life of the Church in Ireland and hopefully in time, many other places as well.”