Wick­low Men’s Shed now rooted in com­mu­nity life

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

THE Men’s Shed in Wick­low fol­lowed recog­ni­tion five years ago that some mem­bers of the town’s com­mu­nity needed sup­port as they faced un­em­ploy­ment or re­tire­ment.

County Shed co­or­di­na­tor Ed­die Humphrey points out that many men lose their friends as well as their work when­ever they are laid off or be­come pen­sion­ers.

To keep morale up, they en­joy hav­ing projects to tuck into, the the­ory be­ing that while women talk face to face, the male of the species is more com­fort­able con­vers­ing shoul­der to shoul­der.

The Shed in Wick­low was handed not only place to meet but also a chal­lenge to tuck into when the lo­cal pi­geon rac­ing club of­fered ac­com­mo­da­tion for the new or­gan­i­sa­tion at their HQ in Dis­pen­sary Av­enue.

The build­ing needed a ma­jor up-grade, with the team from the Shed clean­ing the build­ing up and putting in a stair­case to al­low easy ac­cess to a first floor meet­ing room.

The main movers in the club have in­cluded the Chair­man Tom McIn­er­ney and care­taker Lenny Cana­van, with at least 25 men on the list of mem­bers – most of them aged 60 plus.

The door is open each week­day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the wood burn­ing stove pro­vid­ing a fo­cus for com­pan­ion­able chats about af­fairs of the day and their per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences of life.

As well as so­cial­is­ing, they have as­sem­bled enough equip­ment to stock a busy workshop where hand fin­ished bird boxes, bat roosts, plant hold­ers and fairy doors are all com­ing off the pro­duc­tion line.

Mem­ber John­nie Can­til­lon, Chair­man Tom McIn­er­ney, mem­ber Pa­trick Glee­son and Ed­ward Humphrey, Sec­re­tary, Wick­low Mens Shed.

The wild cat adopted at the New­cas­tle and New­town Mens Shed.

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