Plans for Men’s Shed on southside of city

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Cllr Sarah Kiely, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian Reinhardt

A PUBLIC meeting will take place in The Spotted Dog pub in Janesboro at 7pm on Tuesday, September 10 to look at setting up a men’s shed in the area.

Local Fine Gael councillor Sarah Kiely told the Limerick Post that the group would cover Rathbane, Janesboro, Kennedy and Glasgow Park, Carey’s Road, Hyde Road and Singland.

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At an inaugural meeting earlier this month, a chairperson, treasurer and secretary were agreed upon and a member of a men’s shed from Nenagh spoke about the value in setting up a shed and the benefits for the wider community.

“Mick White from Nenagh Men’s Shed spoke about mental health for members as well as activities they are involved in such as woodwork. He said they help other community groups through their shed as they make items that are of use to Tidy Towns and resident groups. He also said that the most valuable piece of equipment is a kettle, and the space to talk,” Cllr Kiely explained.

“Lots of voluntary groups need space to be able to function. It would be great to have a space for them locally so that is the big ask at the moment as lots of groups are currently seeking somewhere too. There is a funding stream available but only if they have premises so if anyone can help us locate something, even on a temporary basis, it would go a long way to getting them started.

“Positive mental health for men is very important and the men’s shed movement is very successful in tackling this,” she added.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the men’s shed can contact Cllr Sarah Kiely by email at [email protected] or Dermot Keane at [email protected]