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Carrigalines Men Shed to be officially opened by local Ministers

Carrigaline Men's Shed will be officially opened by An Tánaiste Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Michael Mc Grath TD, Minister for Finance, and Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment on Saturday 8th July at 12 noon. It will also be jointly blessed by Monsignor Aidan O'Driscoll PP VG and Canon Elaine Murray.

Carrigalines Men Shed was first registered in late 2011 with its first committee formed in February 2012. The committee was founded by three men, Garry Kelly, Pat Dineen and Barry Cogan. They met every week, and every week they would invite two or three men each to generate interest.

From the beginning, the local community has played a central role in the day to day running of the Mens Shed. The committee thanked the people of Carrigaline for their continuous support over the last few years and they hope that the wider community will also benefit from the new Shed. The Shedders emphasised the new building is a shared facility for the Carrigaline Community. Situated behind the Lions Club across from the local park, Carrigaline Men’s Shed central location and should be enjoyed by all who live there.

Pic: Leo McMahon

The concept of a ‘Men’s Shed’ was found in Australia and came to Ireland in 2009. Following the formation of the first shed in Ireland, the shed movement began to grow rapidly, with there now being over 400 sheds registered with the Irish Men’s Sheds Association and at least 12,000 men visiting a shed every week.

“The Mens Shed is all about projects” said Chairman Barry Cogan. One room that is always busy with new projects is the new woodwork shop is roughly 900 square feet where Shedders can enjoy working on their own projects and restoring old farm machinery. They are also happy to help the locality in any way they can.

Barry Cogan has been Chairman of the group since its foundation but is hoping to see “a new generation of shedders” join following the official opening.

There are twelve men on the current Men's Shed Committee. These include Barry Cogan, Aidan Winters, Micheal Cotter, Rodger Morrissey, Dick Jenkinson, Finbarr Hayes, Pat Byrne, Noel Scanlan, Joe Lynch, Kevin Meaney, Pat Dineen and Martin Parfry.

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