Background of Muintir Na Tíre

Muintir na Tíre – National Association for the Promotion of Community Development

1937-Present Celebrating over 75 years of Community Development

Early Muintir na Tire photoPhone: 062 51163
Fax: 062 51200
E-mail: headoffice@muintir.ie

Muintir na Tíre, the national organisation promoting community development in Ireland, was established in 1937 by John M Canon Hayes. Through its core principles of neighbourliness, self-help and self-reliance, Muintir na Tíre has promoted and supported the concept of active community participation and championed the idea of community development in both Ireland and Europe.

From the early 60’s the organisation adopted the United Nations definition of the Community Development process, which states that it is “a process designed to create conditions of economic and social progress for the whole community with the fullest possible reliance upon the communities own initiative”. This definition reflects Muintir na Tíre’s approach to this process which is based around “the whole community” as a unit of organisation through which social, economic, cultural and environmental development can take place.

The framework developed and adopted by Muintir na Tíre to promote this holistic approach to community development is the representative Muintir Community Council. Through this framework, Muintir na Tíre has succeeded in building a national network of community groups dedicated to promoting and supporting local development within their communities.