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The Meath Coast Men’s Shed


msThe story so far….

Since welcoming the 3 first men on board in January 2014 the Meath Coast Men’s shed has recruited approximately 10 members, who have been working hard to establish and develop this local project. The men have formed a committee and up until recently had been actively working out of the Colmcilles premises, however they have recently celebrated the arrival of their “Shed” and are now working from their own premises on the grounds in Piltown.

 
mssTo date the men have been involved in a number of projects and activities including Computer Training and Woodworking.  They have completed a large Henhouse project to house 20 hens for a local school, constructed  wooden benches, some of which they have sold and 1 which is available for use in the club grounds.

Following the success of these projects the men have been approached by other local community groups about carrying out projects with and for the local community.

They have recently secured a small amount of funding towards training and between now and the end of the year will complete training courses identified by themselves including for example Health and Safety, Woodturning, Committee skils etc.  All of the training courses will be aimed at upskilling the shed members and ensuring they are in a position to build a vibrant and healthy shed as well as adding to their own skills.

 

Meath Coast Men's Shed

So what’s next?

The men are currently working hard to kit out their new home and are actively encouraging new members to join up and to help them to make this a vibrant local project, which can flourish and grow and be of benefit not only to its members but to the wider local community long into the future.

 

Why a Men’s Shed in a GAA club?

In January 2014 St Colmcilles GAA Club made the decision to establish a Men’s Shed as part of the community services provided by the club.  The club decided that establishing  a local Men’s Shed in the East Meath area could be a very positive project, supporting local men and to encouraging them to take part in and to play an active role in their community.

The ultimate aim will be to have a small Men’s Shed based in Colmcilles (See the flag in the logo above) supporting up to 20 Men and providing them with somewhere to meet, to chat and to carry out woodworking and other projects depending on what the members wish to do.  The Shed will not only support its Members but also the local community by engaging in local projects such as co-operating with tidy town groups, schools etc.