Minister Ring announces €500,000 to support work of Men’s Sheds

Mens Shed Claremorris, Co. Mayo. National Funding announcement for the Irish mens Shed Association with Minister Michael Ring T.D. Cllr. Tom Connolly, Barry Sheridan CEO Irish Men’s Shed Association , Minister Michael Ring T.D., Eoin Martin Board Member Irish men’s Shed Association and John Fallon Chairman Claremorris Men’s Shed. Pic: Michael Mc Laughlin

Published 27 July 2018

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr Michael Ring T.D., today announced the provision of €500,000 to support the work of Men’s Sheds throughout Ireland.  This capital funding provides small grants to individual Men’s Sheds in order to enable them to purchase equipment or to carry out minor works to improve their premises.

Speaking at the announcement of the funding in Claremorris Men’s Shed, Co Mayo today, Minister Ring said: “The emergence of the Men’s Sheds in recent years has been an extremely positive development for communities across Ireland and I have decided to introduce this funding in recognition of the wonderful contribution they make at a local level.

“In towns, villages and cities which I have visited as Minister, I am continually struck by the great work that local Men’s Sheds do in supporting important local initiatives. Among their ranks they have great expertise, experience and know-how and make a massive contribution to their local communities.

“For example, in Claremorris Men’s Shed, which I visited today, the members were very involved in providing stewarding and making signage for the Claremorris Darkness Into Light event. They also made scarecrows in their workshop which were displayed around the town during the local Claremorris Scarecrow Festival. I’m aware that many Men’s Sheds support Tidy Towns groups as they prepare their local communities for that competition.

“There are approximately 350 Men’s Sheds groups which are affiliated to the Irish Men’s Sheds Association, and I would like to see as many of them as possible avail of this funding. It is up to the individual Sheds to submit applications to their Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) in order to avail of the funding and I urge them to do so by the 31 August deadline. Application details can be found on my Department’s website (www.drcd.gov.ie) and on Local Authority websites.

“Men’s Sheds offer a safe, comfortable and inclusive environment where men of all ages can share skills, work on meaningful projects and connect with their communities. The funding is being provided following discussions with the Irish Men’s Shed Association. I have asked them to provide details to their members over the coming period on how to apply. I encourage all Men’s Sheds to avail of the support and I wish the Irish Men’s Shed Association every success as it grows and develops.”

Barry Sheridan, CEO of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association, welcomed the news, stating: “This announcement is the most significant development in the history of Men’s Sheds in Ireland, and we as an Association are delighted to have played a role in bringing it about, via our consultations with Minister Ring’s Department. This level of support reflects the impact Sheds are making on communities throughout Ireland.

“It’s a tribute to the work of all our staff and volunteers, as well as to every single Men’s Shed member and supporter who has helped make our Sheds what they are today. Minister Ring’s support is opening a new chapter for Irish Sheds, and we look forward to working with the Department through a bright and sustainable future for Men’s Sheds in Ireland.”

ENDS:

Notes to Editor:

See number of Men’s Sheds in each area and amount to be allocated to each area:

Number of Sheds Amount, €
Carlow County Council 5                          7,246
Cavan County Council 10                        14,493
Clare County Council 10                        14,493
Cork City Council 9                        13,043
Cork County Council 22                        31,884
Donegal County Council 22                        31,884
Dublin Councils
– Dublin City Council 24                        34,783
– Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council 6                          8,696
– Fingal County Council 11                        15,942
– South Dublin County Council 9                        13,043
Galway City Council 4                          5,797
Galway County Council 13                        18,841
Kerry County Council 12                        17,391
Kildare County Council 18                        26,087
Kilkenny County Council 6                          8,696
Laois County Council 7                        10,145
Leitrim County Council 4                          5,797
Limerick City and County Council 22                        31,884
Longford County Council 5                          7,246
Louth County Council 7                        10,145
Mayo County Council 15                        21,739
Meath County Council 15                        21,739
Monaghan County Council 6                          8,696
Offaly County Council 7                        10,145
Roscommon County Council 6                          8,696
Sligo County Council 9                        13,043
Tipperary County Council 14                        20,290
Waterford City & County Council 6                          8,696
Westmeath County Council 13                        18,841
Wexford County Council 16                        23,188
Wicklow County Council 12                        17,391
TOTAL 345                     500,000

Applications for this funding should be made to the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) in each area by 31 August 2018. Further details are available on the Department’s website (www.drcd.gov.ie) and on Local Authority websites. The Irish Men’s Shed Association will also communicate with individual Men’s Sheds to provide them with details on how to apply.

  • For details on the Men’s Sheds located in your area, please visit the website of the Irish Men’s Shed Association (www.menssheds.ie).
  • This funding for capital equipment or improvements in Men’s Sheds has been put in place following discussions between the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Irish Men’s Sheds Association.
  • There are approximately 350 Men’s Sheds in Ireland, with a total of 400 across Ireland and Northern Ireland.