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Help Finish The Job At Carrigaline Men’s Shed

Writes Leo McMahon

Carrigaline Men’s Shed members are on a major fund raising drive to complete their magnificent new facility at Waterpark, off Church Road.

Following a successful ‘Open Day’ on Wednesday, the group is seeking the support of the people of Carrigaline and District at the following:

  1. Bag packing at Dunnes Stores this Friday and Saturday, December 13th and 14th.

  2. Table Quiz at Carrigaline GAA Pavilion on Saturday, January 18th.

  3. Variety Concert on Sunday, March 22nd featuring the best of local talent.

  4. Sponsor a Block (€5 each) is ongoing and promoted at all events including Men’s Shed choir performances.

  5. Purchase kindling for €5 a bag at the shed where other items such as bird tables, feeders, nest boxes and plant holders can be made to order.

  6. Make a donation on GoFundMe.Com Buy a Block for Carrigaline Men’s Shed.

Chairman Barry Cogan told The Carrigdhoun Newspaper that great progress was made on site during 2019. Completion works are well under way and include electrical, plumbing and heating (including water harvesting and a heat pump) plastering and fitting out plus exterior painting, resurfacing and landscaping.

The impressive 4,000 square feet disabled-friendly facility includes a woodwork room, mechanical room, art/choir room, meeting room, office, foyer and toilets/shower. The polytunnel will be relocated on site at a later date.

A lot of work has been carried out by shed members themselves but the group is very grateful to the various public and private bodies who have given support as well as local contractors and the community at large,

‘Our new shed is a state of the art building that will be a legacy for future generations in Carrigaline and the surrounding area,’ said Barry who stressed there’s an open invitation from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, to men aged from 18 years upwards, where a warm welcome awaits plus a cuppa. ‘It’s an opportunity to get out of the home, meet new people, go on outings and perhaps learn a new skill or pastime in a friendly setting,’ he added.

Along with ongoing projects, repair and restoration of vintage machinery, tools and household objects etc., the past year has been a busy and successful one for the group, especially its popular choir, under the baton of Liz Scott-Hall, who performed in Barry Collins’ Shopping Centre mall on Tuesday and will be singing for arrivals at Cork Airport on Saturday morning. It’s hoped to set up a musicians’ group in 2020.

To find out more about Carrigaline Men’s Shed, contact chairperson Barry Cogan 087 8137990, secretary Roger Morrissey 087 2203547 or treasurer Francis O’Brien 087 2306640.

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