About us

About us


Moy Valley Resources was established in 1990 to address the deprivation and decline the North Mayo and West Sligo region was experiencing at that time. Unemployment and emigration rates were soaring, inward investment was minimal, and the town and wider region was witnessing dereliction in many ways, not least in its property stock.

Several concerned businesspeople decided to tackle matters locally in the form of an Integrated Resource Development Company. IRD North Mayo- West Sligo CLG, (t/a Moy Valley Resources), a community-owned company led by a voluntary board of directors was established, and has over the past 30 years maintained its ethos of self-help, empowerment, participation and collaboration.

From its early days, the company was a forward-thinking, innovative vehicle for the delivery of projects and programmes in the area that combined local investment with Government and EU funding to ensure positive meaningful, and effective results for the people of the region. Examples of its successful projects include the regeneration of the once-derelict Quay Village, and the revitalisation of the Old Tech on Cathedral Road into a thriving community hub.

Moy Valley Resources continues to utilise community development approaches and principles. It employs a team of managers and staff to deliver sustainable, community, rural, social and economic development in the Moy Valley region through its core programmes: Community Employment, LEADER, Mayo North Tourism, Mayo Volunteer Centre and Craoibhín, Ballina.

In addition, the company supports other local projects, community groups and individuals in a myriad of ways, continuing to address the socio-economic challenges of the day.

The Moy Valley Region

The company’s operations have historically incorporated a large geographical area comprising of ten local communities:

Ballina, Bonniconlon, Ballycastle, Crossmolina, Enniscrone, Foxford, Killala, Easkey, Dromore West and Templeboy. 

Our Vision

To ensure a thriving social, environmental and economic community that offers equality of opportunity, sustainability, liveability and accessibility for all in the Moy Valley region.

Our Mission

To assist in the development of the Moy Valley region in North Mayo & West Sligo, supporting community groups, community projects, local enterprises and individuals by providing services, expertise, information, advocacy and working in partnership with other agencies and organisations.

Our Values

Empowerment | Participation | Partnership | Self-help | Equality | Inclusion | Pride of Place



Annette Maughan

Mairéad Melody-Carr
Mayo North Tourism

Corina Deehan

Jacqueline Kinsella
Community Employment

Lesley Moore
Mayo Volunteer Centre

Kim Merrifield

Elizabeth Ferguson
Community Employment

Annette Maughan

Annette Maughan moved to Mayo in 1999, from County Donegal and settled in the beautiful area of Killala. Having taken up the post of CEO of Moy Valley Resources IRD in January 2019, she previously held the Operations Director and Community Employment Supervisor positions for the company for 9 years.

Annette holds a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Science (Landscape Horticulture)(UCD) and a Masters in Professional Leadership (ATU Sligo).

Initially, on moving to Mayo, Annette held the position of Head Gardener at Enniscoe House near Crossmolina and later opted to set up her own business, AM Landscapes – a landscape design, consultancy and training business which she ran until 2008 offering a variety of garden and landscaping services.

Going from head gardener to business owner to CEO, Annette has demonstrated versatility and willingness to change and encourages open-mindedness and positivity among those she encounters.

Annette’s interest in community and community development stems from her upbringing in a rural community where she engaged at a young age in local activities and events and through the example set by her mother, in particular. Annette has been actively involved in GAA, LGFA, Tidy Towns, community council and volunteering in general since she moved to Killala and spends much of her spare time in the great outdoors. Annette’s other interests include female involvement in sport and supporting and encouraging increased female involvement in decision making environments.

Mairéad Melody-Carr

Mairéad Melody-Carr commenced working with Moy Valley Resources in 2021, and currently manages the Mayo North Tourism office.

Mayo North Tourism is a destination marketing and tourism development office. It aims to work collaboratively with stakeholders to promote the region as a year-round tourism destination, showcasing its culture, heritage, and natural landscape, and developing new experiences in an ethical, sustainable manner, to best benefit the area and its people.

No stranger to tourism, Mairéad has worked in hospitality and related sectors for over 18 years. Prior to her current role she held the position of Sales & Marketing Manager at Clayton Hotel Galway and worked in sales and marketing roles at Knockranny House Hotel & Spa in Westport and Galway Cultural Institute/Galway Business School.

Mairéad was awarded the title of Network Galway ‘Employee of the Year’ in 2016 and represented county Galway at a national level. She was also selected as a mentor for the Dalata Hotel Group Sales Development Programme during her time there. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Marketing from Dublin Institute of Technology.

During her free time, Mairéad is kept busy transporting her four children to and from their various activities! She holds the position of PRO for Attymass NS Parents Association and is also an avid GAA fan and Mayo supporter.

Corina Deehan

Corina has worked with Moy Valley Resources since August 2010. Having initially worked as a Community Service Programme (CSP) Manager for six years, she is now a LEADER Development officer for the North Mayo Region.

LEADER is a programme that is rolled out by the Department of Rural and Community Development, providing rural communities across the European Union with the resources to enable local partners to actively engage and direct the local development of their area, through community-led development.

Corina, along with her LEADER colleague Kim Merrifield, supports individuals, businesses and rural community groups to access LEADER funding for development of projects that will benefit the North Mayo region and create employment.

Corina has in the past managed a number of successful Moy Valley partnerships including cross-border Interreg and Cycleau projects as well as working as placement officer with Mayo Volunteer Centre.

Corina holds a Degree in Social Science, Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Training and a Masters Degree in Executive Training and Management.

Jacqueline Kinsella​

Jacqueline Kinsella joined the Moy Valley Community Services (CSP) Team in November 2015 and in 2017, she progressed into Community Employment (CE) Programme.

As Community Employment Supervisor, Jacqueline oversees up to 46 CE staff located in projects anywhere from Ballycastle to Foxford, with many participants based here in Ballina.

Her responsibility is to coach, mentor, and encourage participants to take advantage of training and upskilling as they prepare to re-enter the active labour market, whilst gaining valuable work experience within community organisations

Jacqueline also holds the Operations Manager role for the Greenhills Enterprise Centre, supporting the clients of the building.

Jacqueline has qualifications in legal studies, accounting, and event management. Most recently, she has added a Special Purpose award in Training and Development to her already completed degrees in Business Management Applications and a Hons Degree in Business.

Outside of the office, Jacqueline enjoys walking and swimming in the local Ballina swimming pool.

Lesley Moore

Lesley Moore has been the Manager of the Mayo Volunteer Centre since September 2020.

Lesley, who lives in Westport,  has a background in business management, information research and marketing and holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Diploma in Digital Marketing. 

An active and keen volunteer in her own time, Lesley manages a small team of Development Officers to deliver volunteering services across Mayo.

She is part of a national team of Volunteer Managers in the 29 volunteer centres across Ireland and works closely with her peers to develop and implement a National Volunteering Strategy.

Kim Merrifield

Kim joined the Moy Valley Resources LEADER Team in 2018.

Before joining Moy Valley Resources, Kim worked as a District Partnership Manager in the Early Help and Preventative Services Directorate in Kent County Council in the UK. Kim now works with the North Mayo LEADER team to support community groups and enterprises to access LEADER funding for the development of projects that will benefit the North Mayo region.

Kim has a MA in Community Development, a BA in Philosophy, Sociology and Politics and a Higher Diploma in Women’s Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway.


Elizabeth Ferguson

Elizabeth is Moy Valley Resources’ newest team member, having joined as Community Employment Assistant Supervisor in November 2023.

She’s been busy finding her feet, and her bio will appear soon!