Shamrock Men’s Shed in Adamstown, Co. Wexford began in February 2016. Founder Mogue Curtis, now the chair, decided to start up the shed after a conversation with his neighbour, John Evoy, the man who originally brought the idea of Men’s Sheds to Ireland from Australia. The shed located just outside Adamstown now boasts 20 members and has gone from strength – to – strength since its inception nearly 2 years ago, explains shed secretary John Walshe.
“We have members from all walks of life who love coming each week. The youngest member we have is in his 40s and the oldest member we have is 86. Funnily enough the most active member we have is the 86 – year – old. He would put a lot of young guys to shame. He does everything.” Members of Shamrock Men’s Shed are very involved in the community and always help out when needed in the locality. Like in other Men’s Sheds their main activity is woodworking. Members build bird boxes, nesting boxes and several other items that are sold at a small profit, which goes towards the running of the shed.
John says people do not necessarily need to exert themselves in the shed, as it is a social occasion with a very relaxed atmosphere. “You don’t have to come to the shed to work. You can come and enjoy yourself, have a cup of tea and a chat. We meet on Mondays and every Thursday we go bowling in Wexford Town. The lads love it.”
The shed’s aim in the coming year is to get more people in and open two nights per week. Members also have a lot of projects in mind which they would like to get off the ground in the near future and are very interested in growing and developing Shamrock Men’s Shed. Shamrock Men’s Shed is locatedat at Tomgarrow, Adamstown, Co. Wexford and opens every Monday from 1pm – 4.30 pm. New members are always welcome and for further information please see contact details listed or alternatively you can contact IMSA on 01 8916150