Men’s shed movement growing across Limerick as new members join up

Ryan O’Rourke

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Ryan O’Rourke

Herbertstown Men's Shed with Sean Dalton, centre. They are the latest group to start in Limerick

Herbertstown Men's Shed with Sean Dalton, centre. They are the latest group to start in Limerick

MEN’S SHEDS in Limerick continue to attract new members and progressive men across the county.

There are now fifteen sheds in County Limerick with new ones being opened every few months. Sean Dalton and Seamus Scott are regional Coordinators for the Irish Men’s Shed association. Sean explained how the sheds have grown in Limerick

“Herbertstown is one of the latest groups who have decided to get together and start a new shed. Dan McInerney and Pat Curtin are part of the group whose first project is to arrange defibrillator training for the men,” said Sean.

“Doon Men’s Shed only started a little over a year ago and now has over forty five members.  Pakie O’Brien, Tom Hayes, Denis Moloney and company have secured a lease on the old convent in Doon and have turned the previously unused building into a working men’s shed,” he added.

The Men’s Shed movement was founded in Australia and began in Ireland around a decade ago. Ireland has now a dedicated website Menssheds.ie that provides information on the location and workings of all the sheds in Ireland.

“I visited the shed in Doon recently and the friendship and camaraderie was palpable. One of the lads out there cooks a big pot of soup and with home made brown bread it provides a wholesome meal on a cold winter night,” said Sean.

Sean is the chairman of the Dooradoyle/Raheen Men’s Shed committee. He gave a breakdown of what's happening in some of the Sheds across Limerick.

“Mulcair Men’s shed is one of the most active sheds in Limerick. Once again food tastes always tastes a little better in the shed and the lads in Abington won’t go home hungry,” said Sean.

“Galbally Men’s shed sadly lost its founder member Joe Moran last year. He is a huge loss but the Danny Cronin and the lads out there will keep it going,” he added.