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A Men’s Shed is a community based project, where men or women can come together to learn, share skills and make long-lasting friendships together.
Most sheds engage in activities such as woodwork, gardening, carpentry and community work. However, there are more special interests sheds that focus on things like music, fishing and restoration work.
Sligo LEADER can provide supports to Men’s (or Women’s) Sheds in the county.
We offer assistance to newly established groups, providing advice on:
- Agreeing a constitution
- Establishing rules and general governance procedures
- Gaining and maintaining membership
- Sourcing funding and linking in with decision making bodies
- Holding an AGM
- Identifying interesting activities
- Locating a viable premises
Sligo Men’s Shed – (Temple Street)
This shed is based in the heart of Sligo Town off Temple Street. They have a large premises with many rooms for various actives. There is a new special wood-turning room, a music room, a kitchen, a large workshop plus lots of outdoor space where they have polytunnels and vegetable gardens plus an orchard! Sligo Men’s Shed also helps the local community including heritage groups and Sligo Tidy Towns. The shed would like to invite new members and soon will host an open day to celebrate their 10-year anniversary.
For more information on Sligo Men’s shed (Temple Street) please phone James Derwin on 087 1622864
Enniscrone Men’s Shed
Enniscrone Men’s Shed is so unique. Within the yard they have a container which is insulated has windows and doors, LED lights, WIFI and security cameras and encompasses many carpentry & welding activities. The shed makes bench tables, flower boxes, bird houses, candle holders and a lot more. Recently it got funding for new bikes of which they take trips down to the beachfront. The shed’s first meeting was in 2018 and the whole journey is so well documented in a welcome story book. The youngest member is 28 and the oldest members is 86 so it really is a shed for all. The shed opens its arms to new members as it plans an exciting season ahead.
For more information on Enniscrone Men’s shed please phone Gregory O’Brien on 087 3329392
Geevagh Men’s Shed/Community of Lough Arrow Social Project
This Men’s Shed was started in 2011 with thanks to the efforts of a number of local men and local contractors who renovated it, the Men’s Shed is based out of the Old Community Centre in Geevagh. It has a great workshop, complete with tools and workbenches. There is also an office/computer room which is also used for meetings and relaxing. There is a fantastic polytunnel and vegetable garden too with some of the juiciest grapes, apples, and tomatoes. The shed host gardening classes regularly and recently took a site visit to the wonderful kitchen garden at Kilronan Castle These classes see up to 12 men attend them. If you are someone who, after retiring, you might want to share your skills with other men or come along and just meet new friends.
For more information on Geevagh Men’s Shed please phone 071 9165577
Abbeyquarter Men’s Group
Set up in May 2010, this Men’s Groups based at the entrance of Cranmore has 8 regular member and of late some younger members have shown interest. The group have access to a building with a large open area and a well-maintained vegetable garden and polytunnel; it even has a pizza oven! The group also takes part in Art Classes while some workshops are held in the Model Arts Centre. They successfully applied for a SICAP grant which sees the group heading on a day trip to Strokestown Park and Famine Museum and have been so kind to also include the Women’s Group. New members are very welcome.
For more information on Abbeyquarter Men’s Group please phone 071 9149951
Cliffony Men’s Shed
One of the busiest Men’s Shed we seen with over 30 members which were recruited by their Chairman Michael Kelly knocking door-to-door. The Shed have a garden with a large polytunnel right in the centre of Cliffoney village and in Autumn/ Winter they have access to the Old School House in Mullaghmore for classes. This year they intend to transform the space in the building to a computer suite where members learn in a relaxed environment and learn some basic computer skills. The Shed also have a walking group, boules group and play cards and darts too.
For more information on Cliffoney Men’s Shed please phone Michael Kelly on 087 9682066
Dromore West Men’s Shed
The Dromore West Men’s shed meet at least once a week and are highly active in the community with local groups, schools and Tidy Towns making some planter boxes etc. The men meet for social gatherings and play cards and engage in computer activity. The shed linked in with Enniscrone men’s shed during covid 19 and completed some rowing classes online delivered by Sligo Sports recreation Partnership to help keep fit and active during lockdown. The shed is like a second home for the men to get a way and talk to each other. The shed cover Skreen, Dromard, Templeboy, Dromore West, and Easkey.
For more information on Dromore West Men’s Shed please phone Gregory O’Brien on 087 3329392
Ballisodare Men’s Shed
Ballisodare Men’s Shed was founded in 2014. It has grown and developed from 6/7 members initially to 32. Activities include workshop, indoor short mat bowls and a walking group. Following an Open Day in September 2021 to promote The Shed it was decided to allow women to join – because of their overwhelming interest in participating in the indoor bowls The walking group meet every Tuesday morning for walks in the local woods. We also organise trips to heritage sites, theatre, and cinema. The twice weekly meet-up to play the bowls and a cuppa and chat contributes positively to their physical and mental health.
For more information on Ballisodare Men’s Shed please phone Andrew on 087 9137012
Tubbercurry Men’s Shed at Banada Abbey
With numbers steadily increasing to over members, this men’s shed celebrates 10 years in formation this year. They meet 2/3 times a week and enjoy Gardening, Beekeeping, Woodwork, Basket weaving and above all Art Classes. They successfully applied for a SICAP grant for Art Classes with some amazing talent shown. They work with community groups and also made some display plant boxes for Tubbercurry Tidy towns; they also create a lot of made-to-order items such as flower boxes, benches and bird boxes to name but a few. The building contains a large activity room, carpentry room and a kitchen and are lucky enough that one of the members is a chef and offers cooking classes from time to time.
For more information on Tubbercurry Men’s Shed please phone Thomas Fitzgerald on 087 7793016
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Tel: 071 9141138
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