Athenry Men’s Shed was established in 2016 after shed chair John Murray had read a lot about the association. He decided to have a go at setting one up in the area because there wasn’t one at the time. They obtained a premises from Teagasc and now have 38 members involved. The members range in age from 50 yrs – 80 yrs and are a good mix.
Athenry Men’s Shed have a very good relationship with Teagasc and along with the premises they also have use of an acre of land which hasn’t been put to use yet. The plan in the future would be to divide the land up into allotments to add to the growing already done in their poly tunnels. They have a big shed and have recently been donated another kitchen so that they can cater for bigger crowds.
The shed members are always happy to help out in the local community and have previously helped out with Tidy Towns. John also said ” I’m proud for the members, everywhere you go everyone is talking about the Men’s Shed “. The shed also makes a float for the local St Patrick’s Day Parade and they often get orders for Buddy Benches for schools and garden benches for the general public. Their biggest seller has been Christmas Cribs which practically walk out the door as soon as they are made. They also make Christmas trees from old pallets and decorate with lights.
The shed is located in Teagasc, Ballygarruan, Athenry, Co. Galway. It is open 5 days a week from 10 am -2 pm during winter and from 11 am – 4 pm when it is brighter. For more information you can see contacts listed or alternatively you can contact IMSA on 01 8916150