Men’s Sheds in Limerick encouraged to apply for funding

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Men's Shed members working on some wood turning. pic: Cian Reinhardt
Men's Shed members working on some wood turning. pic: Cian Reinhardt

Men’s sheds in Limerick have been encouraged to apply for a new round of funding by Senator Kieran O’ Donnell, with a total of €500,000 being allocated by the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

The funding will allows Men’s Sheds groups to purchase equipment as well as carry out minor works to improve their premises through the small grants provided.

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Senator Kieran O’Donnell, Fine Gael, noted a total of 18 Men’s Sheds in Limerick received a total of €31,884 in grants last year.

He said, “Men’s Sheds have become central to some 400 communities throughout Ireland. They provide an invaluable service by helping to tackle social isolation which in turn strengthens local communities here in Limerick.

“This year’s round of funding is recognition of the contribution these groups are making to life in Limerick and all around Ireland.

“The fact that all men in the locality have a place to go to share their experience and make friends is hugely important as we need to continue to help each other out with the issues that we may be facing.”

The Fine Gael senator remarked companionship and a sense of place play a vital role in promoting positive mental health and well-being, with Men’s Sheds providing “space where healthy connections are made and nurtured”.

“I want all of the Men’s Sheds groups in Limerick affiliated to the Irish Men’s Sheds Association to avail of this funding,” he said.

“A number of Women’s Shed groups have also emerged in our communities in recent times. In order to support this positive development, the Minister has decided to make this funding available to these groups and I urge them to apply.

“I cannot overstate the importance of working collaboratively with other Women’s Sheds in order to progress. The Irish Men’s Shed Association (ISMA) is an excellent example of strength in numbers and the Department has supported them in their development.”

Individual Sheds can submit to their Local
Community Development Committee (LCDC) – more information for application deadlines will be advertised soon on www.drcd.gov.ie with application information.