IRISH MEN’S SHEDS ASSOCIATION NAMED SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS CHAMPION
The Irish men’s sheds movement has received many humbling accolades in recent years. Few, however, have carried the significance of that awarded on Wednesday September 18, when the Irish Men’s Sheds Association was named a Sustainable Development Goals Champion for the years 2019/2020.
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are an ambitious set of targets, outlining the social, economic and environmental requirements for a sustainable global future.
The Goals cover policy areas such as poverty eradication, economic development, protection of the environment, access to health and education services, gender equality, peaceful societies and human rights. The Irish government has committed to fully implementing each of the goals by 2030.
The announcement was made by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton T.D at the Ploughing Championships in Fenagh, Co. Carlow.
The IMSA is one of twelve Sustainable Development Goals Champions for 2019/2020, and the list reads like a roll call of Ireland’s most prestigious and beloved organisations. As well as the IMSA, the list includes the GAA, An Post , Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Carlow County Council, ECO Unesco,the Irish Congress of Trade Unions,Musgrave, the National Women’s Council of Ireland , Smart Farming – Irish Farmers Association, the Union of Students of Ireland, and Vodafone.
Speaking after the announcement, Irish Men’s Sheds Association CEO Barry Sheridan had this to say: “When you look at the list of organisations named as Champions alongside ourselves, you see the likes of the GAA, An Post, the ICTU – organisations with roots going back over a century in some cases. For us to be on that list, representing a movement less than a decade old, is a massive, massive tribute to ourselves, but more importantly, to all our sheds and members, and the communities that support them throughout the country”.
IMSA Chairman Eoin Martyn, Fundraising Manager Frank Dillon, and Health and Wellbeing Manager Edel Byrne were present at the event to accept the accolade from Minister Bruton, and to meet the other Champions.
IMSA SUPPORTS MEN’S HEALTH WEEK 2019
This week is Men’s Health Week and we are celebrating Men’s Health and encouraging all men to MAKE the TIME and TAKE the TIME to get an annual check up, make small, positive changes and check in with others.
Men’s Health Week is supported by the Health Service Executive, Healthy Ireland and the Men’s Health Forum Ireland
More information can be found on https://malehealth.ie/
IMSA PARTNERS WITH DRCD TO DELIVER MEN’S SHED FUND 2019
We’re delighted to announce that Minister Michael Ring TD has made the Men’s Shed Fund be available to sheds once again in 2019. The Men’s Shed Fund, which runs to a total of €500,000, was a huge success in 2018 and this year’s Fund is expected to have an even deeper impact. Sheds will be advised on the precise application process shortly. Our deepest thanks to Minister Ring and to the Department of Rural and Community Development for providing this much-needed Fund once again in 2019.
KILBEGGAN MEN’S SHED TRIUMPH AT TOPLINE SHED SERIES!
The fourth annual Topline Shed Series has seen Kilbeggan Men’s Shed triumph over an incredibly strong field of entries at Naas Racecourse. Rosslare Men’s Shed took 2nd place, with K.C. Men’s Shed of Castlemain, Co. Kerry winning in 3rd. Killoe Men’s Shed took the people’s vote.
IMSA PRESENTED WITH EUROPEAN CITIZENS’ PRIZE
A crowd of over 100 men’s sheds members gathered at the Metropole Hotel in Cork to see the Irish Men’s Sheds Association awarded the European Citizens’ Prize.
The prestigious award, conferred by the European Parliament upon the recommendation of MEPs, has previously been granted to organisations such as the GAA and Foroige.
The Irish Men’s Sheds Association was honoured with the award after being nominated by Kerry MEP Sean Kelly, a long-standing supporter of men’s sheds. The award recognises the contributions that men’s sheds have made to communities throughout the island.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE I.M.S.A.
The Irish Men’s Sheds Association would like to wish all sheds, members and supporters the very best for the year ahead. 2018 was an incredible year for the movement, thanks to the commitment, dedication and community spirit of sheds throughout the country. Please keep an eye out for some exciting announcements in the weeks ahead, and remember, you can always contact us on (01) 891 6150.
Pictured are our friends from the Deaf Men’s Shed in Ratoath.
TWO MAJOR AWARDS FOR MEN’S SHEDS ASSOCIATION
Tuesday October 9th saw the Irish Men’s Sheds Association receive two highly prestigious awards – the European Citizens’ Prize and a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Impact Partnership. Read more here! http://menssheds.ie2018/10/10/two-major-awards-for-imsa/
MEN’S SHEDS GATHERING 2018 – THANK YOU!
Thank you all the men’s sheds members and partners who attended the Men’s Sheds Gathering 2018. It was an absolutely unqualified success from day one and you can read full details here: http://menssheds.ie2018/09/14/2018-mens-sheds-gathering-thank-you-one-and-all/
MINISTER RING ANNOUNCES €500,000 TO SUPPORT WORK OF MEN’S SHEDS
We’re delighted to announce that the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr Michael Ring T.D., today announced the provision of €500,000 to support the work of Men’s Sheds throughout Ireland. This capital funding provides small grants to individual Men’s Sheds in order to enable them to purchase equipment or to carry out minor works to improve their premises. Read more here: http://menssheds.ie2018/07/27/minister-ring-announces-e500000-to-support-work-of-mens-sheds/
ROSTREVOR MEN’S SHED WIN TOPLINE SHED SERIES 2018
Rostrevor Men’s Shed of Co. Down as triumphed in the 2018 Topline Shed Series, the world’s largest men’s sheds crafts competition. Cooley Peninsula Men’s Shed took 2nd place, with Killoe Men’s Shed of Co. Longford scooping the People’s Choice award with almost 1,500 votes. Read more here: http://menssheds.ie2018/06/21/rostrevor-mens-s…shed-series-2018/
IRISH MEN’S SHEDS ASSOCIATION WINS EUROPEAN CITIZENS’ PRIZE
The Irish Men’s Sheds Association is honoured to announce that it has been awarded the European Citizens’ Prize for 2018. The Association was nominated for the prize by Fine Gael MEPs Seán Kelly, Deirdre Clune, Mairéad McGuinness and Brian Hayes, and is one of two Irish winners this year, alongside the charity Inner City Helping Homeless.
MEN’S SHEDS GATHERING – GET YOUR TICKETS!
We’re delighted to announce that this year’s Men’s Sheds Gathering will take place at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork, from September 12th to 13th. This will be the largest such gathering of men’s sheds members anywhere in the world this year. This Gathering will feature top-class speakers including Irish Olympian David Gillick and rugby legend Donncha O’Callaghan. The main focus, however, will be firmly fixed upon our sheds – hearing their stories and sharing in their triumphs, achievements and plans for the future.
Tickets are now available, priced €25 for the daytime session and €25 for the evening meal at Rochestown Park Hotel. Day 2 will feature visits to some of Cork’s premier tourist attractions, as guests of our Cork sheds. To reserve your tickets (maximum 5 per shed), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information re: accommodation/transport etc will be forwarded to all sheds in the coming days.
EOIN MOYNIHAN WINS WORLD’S FIRST MEN’S SHEDS POETRY CONTEST
We’re delighted to announce that Eoin Moynihan of Granard Men’s Shed is the winner of the very first Men’s Sheds Poetry Contest, in association with Poetry Ireland. Eoin scooped top prize with his composition “On a Cold Winter’s Eve”, which impressed adjudicator Dermot Bolger with its lyrical and evocative depiction of the Irish winter. Read more here: http://menssheds.ie2018/04/30/eoin-moynihan-wins-worlds-first-mens-sheds-poetry-contest/
2018 SHED SERIES WITH TOPLINE – ENTER NOW!
We’re delighted to announce that the Shed Series is returning for 2018, courtesy of our partners at Topline!
The Shed Series invites sheds throughout the entire island of Ireland to submit a piece of craftsmanship reflecting what their shed means to their members and communities. Topline are offering some fantastic prizes. Read full details here – http://menssheds.ie2018/04/11/shed-series-2018-with-topline-enter-now/
If your shed is interested in taking part, you must confirm your interest by Friday 20thApril at 5pm.
To confirm your interest – send a private message to Topline DIY on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ToplineDIY/
OR email email@example.com
OR write to Catherine Murray, Topline, Naas Industrial Estate, Naas, Co Kildare.
IRISH MEN’S SHEDS ASSOCIATION NOMINATED FOR EUROPEAN CITIZENS’ PRIZE
The Irish Men’s Sheds Association are deeply honoured to have been nominated for the prestigious European Citizens’ Prize. Thanks to MEPs Sean Kelly, Mairead McGuinness, Brian Hayes and Deirdre Clune for nominating the men’s sheds movement. This nomination is a tribute to every men’s shed member throughout the island, and to all those who support our sheds – families, friends, communities and partner organisations. http://www.eppgroup.eu/…/Men’s-Sheds-nominated-for-European…
TOPLINE ON-BOARD with MEN’S SHEDS
The IMSA has linked up with Topline, Ireland’s largest DIY and building supplies buying group with over 160 affiliated stores all over Ireland, to offer sheds throughout the country access to a wider range of resources and expertise.
The partnership was officially launched at Passage West Men’s Shed in Co. Cork, with Munster and Ireland rugby legend Donncha O’Callaghan doing the honours. O’Callaghan, on home turf in the Rebel County, is embarking on a new role as a Topline ambassador, and spoke warmly about the partnership with the men’s sheds movement: http://menssheds.ie2018/03/12/topline-on-board-with-mens-sheds/
DONATE TO THE IRISH MEN’S SHEDS ASSOCIATION
Would you like to support the work the Irish Men’s Sheds Association does to help new and existing sheds transform lives and communities throughout Ireland? A small donation of €4 will help us support our nationwide network of over 400 sheds. We respond to calls and inquiries from approximately 100 sheds per week, so your support is hugely welcome. Texts cost €4 . The IMSA receives a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805 5278.
TAOISEACH VISITS MULHUDDART MEN’S SHED
Mulhuddart Men’s Shed had an eminent visitor on Thursday February 15, as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD dropped in for a visit. The shed is located in the Taoiseach’s constituency of Dublin West, and the shed members made their visitor feel instantly welcome within the cosy workshop.
The Taoiseach was deeply impressed by the handiwork on display within the workshop and throughout the shed, and stayed chatting to the shed members and representatives from the IMSA board for fully thirty minutes. At the close of the visit, Hans Meyer presented the Taoiseach with a handsome pen carved by the shed members.
The IMSA would like to thank the Taoiseach and his office for being so generous with their time and hopes to welcome the Taoiseach to another shed in the near future!
SHED SUPPORT VOLUNTEER TRAINING
Our 2018 intake of Shed Support Volunteers have completed two days of intensive training in Athlone, under the guidance of National Volunteer Coordinator Eva Beirne. Read the full story here: http://menssheds.ie2018/02/08/shed-support-volunteers-training-day/
IMSA HONOURED BY THE INTERNATIONAL CHARITY BAZAAR
The International Charity Bazaar is an initiative of the international diplomatic corps in Ireland. Each year, the ambassadors and their spouses organised two charity events and distribute the proceeds among deserving Irish charities.
This year, the IMSA was honoured to be among the charities awarded grants at the presentation ceremony at the Mansion House. Lord Mayor Micheal mac Donncha presided over proceedings, with papal nuncio Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo (President of the ICB) and outgoing ICB chairperson Suzanne Gachukia-Opembe also involved.
The grant will go towards the training of IMSA Shed Support Volunteers. The other charities recognised on the night were Children in Hospital, Inner City Helping Homeless, Dogs for Disabled, Village Counselling Service, Blanchardstown Center for Independent Living, Longford Women’s Link, the Irish Hospice Foundation, Temple Street Foundation,and Alzheimer Society of Ireland – Wicklow.
2018 – A MESSAGE FROM CEO BARRY SHERIDAN
2017 was a momentous year in the history of men’s sheds in Ireland. From launching our Sheds for Life initiative, to welcoming our 400th shed, to developing our National Volunteer Programme, the pace was breathless and the rewards for our sheds and our members clear to see.
We very much look forward to building on those gains in 2018, together with all our funders and partners, without whom this remarkable movement of men and communities could not function. Remember that, if you feel anyone in your life could benefit from the friendship, camaraderie and purpose offered by a men’s shed, you can point them in the right direction by visiting our shed directory at http://www.menssheds.ie/shed-directory
A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM THE IRISH MEN’S SHEDS ASSOCIATION
The Irish Men’s Sheds Association would like to wish all men’s sheds members, partner organisations, friends and supporters a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. It’s been an exceptionally fruitful and rewarding year for men’s sheds in Ireland, and we’re truly grateful to all those who made 2017 so memorable for the men’s sheds movement. We look forward to working with you all again in 2018. Head office will be closed to calls from December 23rd – January 2nd. Merry Christmas to all!
Between the 5th and 8th of November 2017, dozens of men’s sheds members from throughout Ireland travelled to Killarney to tackle the scourge of invasive rhododendron. The trip was organised by Haven Pharmacy, with the incredibly generous support of the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Read all about it and watch the video here: http://menssheds.ie2017/11/13/rhodosquad-mens-sheds-tackle-a-scourge-in-killarney/
GET YOUR MEN’S SHEDS SUPPLEMENT IN THE FARMERS JOURNAL!
Today – Thursday November 2nd – sees the 32-page Farmers Journal Men’s Sheds supplement hit the shelves. Produced in partnership with Permanent TSB and featuring stories and pictures from dozens of sheds throughout the country, the supplement will make a magnificent keepsake for years to come. Get it in all good newsagents today!
IRISH MEN’S SHEDS ASSOCIATION AWARDED IRELAND FUNDS FLAGSHIP GRANT SUPPORT
The Irish Men’s Sheds Association is incredibly proud, honoured and excited to have been chosen to receive Flagship Grant support from The Ireland Funds. Since 1976, the Ireland Funds has been supporting Irish communities, charities and causes in every way conceivable. Over that period, it has raised more than $550m and contributed incalculably to the causes of peace, education, culture and community on the island of Ireland and beyond. We’d also like to offer our congratulations to our fellow Flagship Grantees, the Irish Film Institute (IFI), Speedpak Group – Trading, Training, Transforming, Integrated Education Fund and Blossom Ireland and to all 11 finalists.
AUSTRALIA’S GOVERNOR-GENERAL VISITS BALBRIGGAN MEN’S SHED
On Saturday, September 23rd, the Irish Men’s Sheds Association was honoured by the visit of His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove to Balbriggan Men’s Shed. The visit, part of the Governor-General’s four-day itinerary in Ireland, emphasises once again the strong and vibrant links between men’s sheds in Ireland and Australia. The Governor-General, his wife Lady Cosgrove, and Ambassador Richard Andrews were received by the men of Balbriggan Men’s Shed, as well as Barry Sheridan (CEO Irish Men’s Sheds Association), George Kelly (IMSA Chairman) and Eva Beirne (IMSA National Volunteer Coordinator). READ MORE HERE: http://menssheds.ie2017/09/25/australian-governor-general-visits-balbriggan-mens-shed/
IMSA AGM 2017 HELD IN BALLYMUN
The Irish Men’s Sheds Association’s Annual General Meeting for 2017 was held in Ballymun Civic Centre on September 15th. The AGM also saw IMSA Chairman George Kelly and Dr. Bill Lockhart stepping down from the board after years of sterling service, as well as the launch of IMSA’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. Read more here:
NEW BLOG FEATURE ON MALEHEALTH.IE
Since its launch in July, our men’s health website www.malehealth.ie has proven to be a winner, with thousands of visits already. We’ve just launch an exciting new feature on the website. Over the coming months, we’ll be featuring guest blogs from our partner organisations on the Resources page of the website. The latest blog is from the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland, on health challenges and health choices for Irish men. Read it HERE and keep visiting and sharing www.malehealth.ie.
UPCYCLE CHALLENGE 2017 – €1,000 ON OFFER FOR WINNING SHED!
As part of their UpCycle Challenge 17, the good people at Free Trade Ireland are offering €1,000 for the shed that can produce the most impressive upcycling of an old item or object. See here for the entry form and read more here: http://menssheds.ie2017/08/28/upcycle-challenge-17-e1000-on-offer-for-winning-mens-shed/
MEN’S SHEDS: IRELAND LEADS THE WORLD
With over 400 men’s sheds in Ireland – at least three in each county, north and south – the country enjoys the greatest concentration of men’s sheds anywhere in the world. Men’s sheds help men of all backgrounds lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. If you, or someone you care about, would like to look into joining or forming a men’s shed, please see our shed directory to find the shed closest to you, or call head office on (01) 891 6150: CLICK HERE FOR SHED DIRECTORY
NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES SECTION LAUNCHED ON MENSSHEDS.IE
The Irish Men’s Sheds Association has launched a new Funding Opportunities page on its core website, www.menssheds.ie. The page is broken down into two main section – one for the Republic of Ireland and one for Northern Ireland – with further regional sub-sections. The page will be continually updated as we learn about further funding opportunities. If you have a lead on a philanthropic, local authority or government grant that men’s sheds could be eligible for, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the new section of the website by clicking http://menssheds.iefunding-opportunities/.
IMSA LAUNCHES WWW.MALEHEALTH.IE
July 20th was a proud day for men’s sheds in Ireland, as the Irish Men’s Sheds Association launched its new men’s health website, www.malehealth.ie. The new website offers information, resources and advice from over 40 Irish health organisations. Based on a template established by the Australian Men’s Sheds Association, the website’s menu is intuitive and easy to navigate, being based on a graphic of the male anatomy. Users select their age-range, click on the part of the body they want to find out more about, and are then presented with a menu of health topics (including conditions, ailments and lifestyle issues). They can then select from the menu to be taken directly to the website of the country’s leading authorities on that topic. READ MORE HERE.
Please keep visiting www.malehealth.ie and watch this website and our social media channels (@IrishSheds on Twitter, Irish Men’s Sheds Association on Facebook) for more information, and remember to tell your friends, families and fellow shedders to visit the site!
MINISTER CORCORAN KENNEDY LAUNCHES “SHEDS FOR LIFE”
Monday May 29th was a landmark day for men’s sheds in Ireand, as our flagship health and wellbeing initiative “Sheds for Life” was launched by Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, Minister of State for Health Promotion, at Belmont Men’s Shed in Co. Offaly. Sheds for Life is being developed in partnership with HSE Ireland and a range of other partners, including Irish Heart Foundation, See Change, Get Ireland Walking, Haven Pharmacy, Diabetes Ireland and Siel Bleu Ireland. For a full list of partners, see http://menssheds.iesflpartners/.
At the launch, the Minister, who grew up locally, expressed her support and enthusiasm for the initiative. The launch was also attended by Fergal Fox, General Manager, HSE Ireland, Health Promotion and Improvement Dublin Mid-Leinster, who hailed the initiative as a major step forward for men’s health in Ireland: “The HSE has worked with Men’s Sheds for a number of years. Supporting men’s health and wellbeing is a part of our work under both our plan to implement ‘Healthy Ireland’ and within the ‘Connecting for Life’ Suicide Strategy. HSE Health Promotion & Improvement are working on many initiatives targeting men’s health and this partnership with the IMSA supports real engagement of men at community level.”
The Irish Men’s Sheds Association was represented by CEO Barry Sheridan, Chairman George Kelly and Health & Wellbeing Coordinator Edel Byrne, who has overall responsibility for the Sheds for Life initiative. Addressing a crowd of shedders from throughout Offaly, Edel noted that ““We know from academic studies, as well as our own shedders’ experiences, that men’s sheds naturally promote better mental and physical health. The support of the HSE and our other partners will allow us to take things to the next level. Through Sheds for Life, we can offer our sheds tailored programmes and resources that match their needs. The initiative will be developed in full partnership with the sheds themselves. There are men’s sheds all over the world, but this level of government support makes Ireland a world leader in delivering better health outcomes for men through the medium of sheds”.
Sheds for Life will deliver health and wellbeing supports, resources and programmes to almost 350 men’s sheds throughout Ireland, reaching at least 10,000 men. For more information on Sheds for Life, contact Edel Byrne on 087 621 5505, email email@example.com or visit: http://menssheds.ieshedsforlife/
Men don’t talk face to face; they talk shoulder to shoulderBarry GoldingThe Irish Men’s Sheds Association was set up in January 2011 with the purpose of supporting the development and sustainability of Men’s Sheds on the Island of Ireland. We are a charity focused on supporting a grass-roots network of sheds, workshops and meeting places for men of all ages across the whole of Ireland.
The Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) is a member-based organisation formed to share information freely between Sheds and support communities and organisations wishing to establish a Shed. The IMSA as a national organisation represents the collective issues of Men’s Sheds in Ireland.
The Irish Men’s Shed Association will work towards a future where all men have the opportunity to improve and maintain their health and well-being by participating in a community Men’s Shed. To learn more about us and what we do, explore the site through the links above.
What is a Men’s Shed?
A Men’s Shed is a place where all men, regardless of age, background, or ability:
• Are respected, valued and belong, and can comfortably use and pass on their practical skills and knowledge.
• Learn through doing stuff together – each man is a teacher and a learner, each having different levels of skills, professional and practical, to share collectively.
• Can come together and help out in their communities.
• Can just come and have a chat and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for.
• Can talk about things that are important to them, and can improve their own wellbeing by keeping physically, mentally and socially active.