Dingle Men’s ShedWritten by Lorcan
Joanne Ní Shuilleabháin
Would you like to be involved in the opening of a Men’s Shed in the Dingle area?
We are starting to hear more and more about the “Men’s Shed”. The Dungarvan Men’s Shed recently featured on RTE’s “The Secret Millionaire”. Rev. Mairt Hanley (Kilcolman Parish, Killorglin) has kept us updated on the progress and eventual opening of the Killorglin Men’s Shed.
North and East Kerry Development aims to support the community in working towards planning and eventually opening a Men’s Shed in the Dingle area, in the coming months. We are looking for premises, aiming to get a steering group together and would like to hear from all interested parties who have ideas or skills to offer or who are just basically interested in the project.
Just to recap on what a Men’s Shed is, the aforementioned Rev Hanley has kindly allowed us to “lift” the following information from one of his previous articles in West Kerry Live.
A Men’s Shed is a place where men (regardless of age, background or abilities) can meet, get involved in a project and generally socialize. It is a workshop where men can work together on community projects or work on projects of their own.
The initiative started in Australia, as a resource for men based on the premise that “Men don’t talk face to face; they talk shoulder to shoulder”. It has been a very successful initiative in Australia and has been going from strength to strength since it arrived in Ireland a couple of years ago. (http://www.menssheds.ie)
What a Men's Shed is not:
It is not a formal training programme but you may gain new knowledge and skills.
It is not a sports club but you could play sports.
It is not a health programme but your health and wellbeing might improve.
It is not an information service but you can ask for info if you need.
It is not a service for men but activities organized by men.
The range of projects (big and small) which can be organised in a Men’s Shed is endless. Woodwork, I.T, vegetable growing, to name but just a few. The Men’s Shed in Killorglin has just started a choral group. Some sheds have concentrated on projects like furniture restoration or boat building and others have focussed on small craft items like toys.
There will always be someone in a shed who has a skill / a piece of knowledge that he can pass on to someone to someone else.