Men’s Shed gets €61k for new premises

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

THE MEN’S SHED group in New Ross have been awarded €61,000 in fund­ing for a new premises in Ir­ish­town.

Club sec­re­tary Brian De­laney said €61,000 was awarded by Leader for the new premises which will be lo­cated be­hind the cur­rent shed, which will re­main open.

Mr De­laney said New Ross has al­ways been a town left be­hind when it came to em­ploy­ment com­pared to all the other towns in the county and coun­try and there­fore needed ad­e­quate men’s shed fa­cil­i­ties for its men.

‘We are over the moon,’ he said. ‘We got more than we ap­plied for as there were added ex­penses. We are in Ir­ish­town four years and have 22 mem­bers, not in­clud­ing the al­lot­ments. This money will al­low us to build a work­shop of 13m by 7m and a games room with a snooker ta­ble and dart board in a 7m by 7m room.’

Mr De­laney said work is due to start on the build­ing shortly and it is due to open in the spring.

‘ This is what we want to de­velop for men’s health and to open up their minds. It took four months to put the ap­pli­ca­tion to­gether and four years on we’re ready to go.’

Clare Lautwein from New Ross is deep in thought dur­ing the Our Lady of Lour­des open evening last week.

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