Who we are
Malin Head Community Association Ltd is a local charitable organisation whose principal activity is to promote and operate a community development programme. The Company was established in 1999 to support the development and operation of Malin Head Community Centre.
Our office is located at Malin Head Community Centre, a building originally erected in 1912 by the local people of Malin Head. The cornerstone of the building read “Built by the people, for the people” and it is by this statement that Malin Head Community Association Limited operates.
Office Opening Hours
- Monday to Thursday – 9:30am to 5:30pm
- Friday – 9:30am to 4:30pm
To establish, promote and drive community development programmes which focus on social, economic and cultural projects as a catalyst for regeneration in Malin Head and surrounding areas.
- Provides a resource centre and programmes aimed at encouraging and promoting enterprise, creativity and innovation and supporting the work of existing community groups, businesses and initiatives.
- Facilitates workshops and training schemes for the promotion of art, music, creative writing and other cultural activities in the promotion of local talent and tourism.
- Encourages training in community development, leadership, organisational skills, social analysis and innovation for the benefit of the entire community.
Malin Head Community Centre
Malin Head Church Hall was first built in 1912. There is little information available about how this came about or how it was funded.
The extention to the hall was arranged by Fr Chesney, cc at the time of the extension. He was in Malin Head from 1974 to 1978, he was the driving force behind the project. Prior to his arrival the building was the main hall as you see now, the old stage and the back stage. The extension comprised of the stairs that used to lead up to the back (current kitchen/pool table area) and the stairs that used to lead down to the changing rooms and toilets, (which is the current location of the office and doctor’s surgery). The porch at front door that now houses the female toilets was also added.
The work was carried out by Jimmy Mickey (Carndonagh), and the overall cost as IR£17000. Money was raised locally by sponsored footballs, walks and the 15th sports day. Fr Chesney had proposed and was in the process of planning a swimming pool extension to the building. The pool was to be located in the current parking area outside the office door, with a diving board to be located where the kitchen sink is at present… wishful thinking! However prior to all this developing, Fr Chesney was transferred to Maghera parish and alas the replacement cc did not pursue the venture.
The Hall was handed over to the community on a lease basis in 1999, and refurbishment began for what we now have. The new centre , consisting of purpose built playschool, playground, cafe and meeting rooms, as well as a new floor in the main hall, new kitchen and new reception area, with full disabled access; was reopened in 2011 at a final cost of €1 million, with grant aid from various national and European sources, as well as a continued massive effort from the community and local businesses.
We would like to thank the following local businesses for their continued support in 2015 / 2016
- Sandrock Hostel
- Ardmalin Caravan Park
- Farren’s Bar
- Inishowen Frozen Foods
- Express Foods, Derry
- The Seaview Tavern
- Inishowen Oil Company
- Mark Jordan Electrics
- Wild Atlantic Gifts
- Forward Emphasis International
- The Malin Hotel
- McCleans Bar
- Colette McClean Driving School
- Valu Clean, Carndonagh
- Paul Monagle Electrician
- Northern Bites
- Craig Na Hulla
- Malin Head Fishermans Co-op
- Inish Adventures
- Pat McLaughlin Plumber
- Mullins Shop
- Soul’s Gaze Art Studio
- BD Recovery, Carndonagh
- White Strand Bed and Breakfast
- Caffe Banba