The Balbriggan Men's Shed was organised in the spring of 2015. After being based in various locations around the town, we finally found our home in the old Coach House behind the Parish Office of St Peter and Pauls Catholic Church. This space was generously offered by the Very Rev. Eugene Taaffe PP. who, together with Rev. Chris Derwin, have been very supportive of the Shed and continue to visit us regularly to see our progress and chat with the members. Through lots of hard work and many hours we have transformed a forgotten building into a space that all the members are very proud of.
The Men’s Shed Association, of which Balbriggan’s Men Shed is a member, is a noncommercial organisation www.mensshed.ie. The association was set up in 2009 and the founder, John Evoy, recently won a 2015 People of the Year Award. There are now over 280 Shed’s operating in Ireland. They provide a space where local men have the opportunity to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing through selffulfilling activities. Membership of the shed is open to all men in the community, skilled or unskilled.
Men are encouraged to actively engage in a variety of commonly agreed projects such as woodworking, boat building, metalwork, mechanical repairs, painting and pottery. The craftwork produced will be sold and the proceeds will be used on materials, learning workshops, social outings etc.
All activities will be carried out in a laidback environment where men can express themselves, share their skills and knowledge or simply find an excuse for a friendly chat as they work together.
Balbriggan Men’s Shed mission is to:
Provide space for men to work on a variety of mutually agreed activities at their own pace.
Promote men’s personal development by providing them with opportunities to socialise and share skills and knowledge with others.
Encourage learning in a friendly, informal environment.
The Shed is open Tuesday – Thursday 10am-3pm. New members are always welcome.
If you’d like to learn more about what we are up to please contact Seán Corrigan on 086 0626819 or check out our Facebook page