Doohamlet is a small village situated in the very centre of Co Monaghan on the R183 between Castleblayney and Ballybay.
Due to recent housing developments over the Celtic Tiger period this hamlet has grown to almost 100 private houses with a Catholic Church, Pub with adjoining B&B, Primary School and a 20th century Community Centre.
A further 200 houses are located throughout the District but even with this small catchment area the local GAA team claims and boasts of playing at a senior level.
Over ten voluntary organisations are active in the area covering young, old, sport, leisure as well as the very necessary local Group Water Scheme. With the growth of the area new residents joined our community, people with family roots in the area and those with none and also some eastern Europeans.
Obviously this raised an awareness that diversity is now part of our community and must be acknowledged and embraced.
With all of the above changes to Doohamlet within a short space of time it was decided a Community Development Association should be set up to highlight issues that didn't fall into the remit of the established groups and also to act as a watchdog for the community in the face of future developments and changes within the district.
Consequently three years ago - over 20 local people came together and formed the Doohamlet District Community Development Association.
Initially it was difficult to establish our role and focus on achieving objectives. An audit of the area was carried out to measure the support of the wider community and also to identify projects for the future.
Out of this came a 200 page document which presented a further challenge on how to get focussed on specific actions.
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