Sligo Men’s Shed is based on Temple Street at the ‘Bishop’s Gardens’ right in the heart of Sligo Town. It’s a historic site kindly let by the church. It was set up in 2012 and will soon celebrate a 10-year anniversary.
The shed has up to 16 members and would love to see new members come along. The shed has a large workshop, a wood-turning room, a music room, a flower garden, an orchard, polytunnels and a vegetable garden hence offering a plethora of activites to suits most needs. There’s even a kitchen so if it’s just a cup of tea and a chat you need do call in. In fact, one of the members is a chef and has offered cooking classes in the Shed on how to cook a meal for one.
The shed is heavily involved in the local community. It assists Sligo Tidy Town’s, the Yeat’s Society and schools not only in Sligo but in the whole of the country; here they make ‘Buddy Benches’ and place them in school playgrounds. The Buddy Bench has been created to enable anyone feeling lonely to reach out, without the need to speak out. Children who are having a lonely moment can sit here and signal to their peers that they would like some company. Sligo Men’s shed has a buddy bench in nearly every county in Ireland.
Recently the shed was awarded a SICAP Community Grant for a new wood turning lathe machine which now means a group of men can work together in the one room. They have created some wonderful items such as bowls, eggcups and even bog oak pens to name but a few. Each Thursday and Friday the members enjoy the music room sessions where they learn amongst themselves various instruments such as guitar and keyboard. This shed is very welcoming and people can call up look around and enjoy a cup of tea in the garden.
For more information on Sligo Men’s shed (Temple Street) please phone James Derwin on 087 1622864