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Thursday, 9th August 2018

Men’s Sheds urged to apply for funding

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Thinking Big – Gerry Kierans (left) and Glen Clarke with some giant musical instruments they made in The Drogheda Men’s Shed workshop for the Fleadh.

Local Men’s Sheds are being encouraged to apply for national funding to support their excellent work and to enable them to purchase equipment or carry out minor works to improve their shed.

Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring has made provision for €10,145 to be provided to the seven Men’s Sheds in County Louth, pending successful applications by the individual Men’s Sheds.

Local TD Fergus O'Dowd said: “Men’s Sheds are a worldwide movement which encourages men to talk about their feelings in order to improve mental health and well-being.

“The local Men's Sheds have created a space where men can discuss health issues and emotions while engaging in purposeful activities.

“The sheds are in urban and rural areas across the country and promote the health and well-being of members by combatting issues such as loneliness and isolation, while creating a culture where men can discuss their thoughts and feelings without stigma.

“There are currently seven Men’s Sheds in Louth and they are encouraged to apply for the funding of which has been allocated to Louth County Council.

“It is essential that the individual local sheds apply for this funding. Applications will have to be made to the Louth Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) by 31st August 2018.”

Minister Michael Ring said: “In recent years, Men’s Sheds have become a fixture of life in towns and villages throughout Ireland. There are now approximately 350 around the country and they offer a safe, comfortable and inclusive environment where men of all ages can share skills, work on meaningful projects and connect with their communities.

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