Building friendships at Dooradoyle Raheen Men’s Shed

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Mayor Daniel Butler and Cllr Fergus Kilcoyne officially open the Dooradoyle/Raheen Mens Shed.

AT the official opening of the Dooradoyle/Raheen Men’s Shed last week, Mayor Daniel Butler congratulated all those who worked so hard and dedicated so many hours to see a Men’s Shed open in the community.

“It has been a long journey, starting in 2015, but through your dedication, tenacity, hard work and commitment, your dreams have become a reality.”

Mayor Butler also said that Men’s Sheds are playing an increasingly important role in communities the length and breadth of the country.

“The main purpose is for the wellbeing of men by keeping active – physically, mentally and socially – something which is so important in our society at the present. I would encourage any man from the area who would like to join, to call in to see what is on offer. Your life will definitely be enriched from the experience.”

The Men’s Shed have linked with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and hope to offer computer skills, mindfulness, and several other courses later this year.

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“Overall, the Men’s Shed is about building friendships,” chairman Sean Dalton explained.

“Many of our members have lost friends through retirement and bereavement and some have lost partners. Our shed provides a sense of purpose and connection as men talk better shoulder to shoulder while working on projects.

“The Shed is a safe space for men to discuss whatever is going on in their lives. It is good to talk and at our Men’s Shed we do plenty of it,” Mr Dalton added.