Carlow County Development Partnership’s mission centers on the holistic development of individuals and communities throughout the county, and this includes social activities as well as mental health. One significant movement which is contributing in this area throughout the country is the Mens Shed movement. Here is a brief introduction to their work in Carlow:

In every mans shed is a world of wonder.  The treasure chest of tools, parts and screws collected through a lifetime of tinkering.  All the problems of the day can be resolved, all the DIY tools are available and nothing seems impossible.  It’s true to say that a man in his shed can be a tranquil and paradisaical place.  The mugs of tea gather as time disappears into the ether. As the fishing rods get prepared, the bicycles get oiled up, lawnmowers being cleaned, garden sheers being sharpened or the car engine getting dismantled, it is a sanctuary.  Often you might hear the shout after an ill-timed blow from a hammer or the murmurs of a radio in the background being interrupted by noises of saws or screw guns pulsing.  Great projects are being creating, works of wonder imagined and the practicality of modern household problems being repaired and improved.

Now imagine a place where a collective of men can get together in order to share skills, work on individual or group projects and share the comradery of getting the job done.  Restoration projects, community projects, woodworking, painting and the chat.  Carlow is lucky to have a places like these. 

The first Men’s Shed in Carlow was formally established in June 2011 under the Carlow Men’s Health Project (CMHP). The CMHP was a group comprising of St. Catherine’s Community Services Centre, Carlow County Development Partnership, Men’s Development Network, RAPID, HSE, Carlow Local Sports Partnership, Waterford IT and Carlow IT that focused on improving men’s health in Co. Carlow.

The CMHP also secured funding to enable the future development of the shed. With these supports in place a co-ordinator for the Carlow Men’s Shed was appointed in June of 2011 for 10 hours/week and the Men’s Shed was officially launched during National Men’s Health Week (13th – 19th June). The Men’s Shed began on Tuesday June 21st, opening one day a week, and has steadily grown to its present status, engaging and supporting men 3 days a week. 

The ethos is a community-based, non-commercial organisation which is open to all men where the primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly and inclusive environment where the men are able to gather and/or work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other men and where the primary objective is to advance the health and well- being of the participating men.

July 20th 2017 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. 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.

Currently in Carlow they meet every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10.30am to 2.00pm in Askea Business Park, O’Brien Road, Carlow.  For more information contact Michael Nicholson 086 157 7487 carlowmensshed@gmail.com  Facebook Page

Carlow Traveller Men’s Shed C/O St. Catherines CSC St Josephs Road, Carlow, Co. Carlow  meets on Mondays 9:30-1pm For more information contact  William O’Neill 087 396 2832

In Leighlinbridge the Leighlinbridge Parish Men’s Shed meets every Tuesday, Thurday and Friday between 18:00 and 20:00  For more information contact Benny Balfe 087 337 1975 info@leighlinparish.ie or Peter McCarthy 087 923 7562

In Bagenalstown the  Bagenalstown Men’s Shed is located at Moneybeg, Royal Oak Road, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow. For more information contact Josie Tierney on 086 666 5748
bagenalstown@menssheds.ie Facebook Page

Tullow Men’s Shed Flynn’s Old Garage, Church Street, Tullow, Co. Carlow Monday 10 -1 and Thursday 7-9. For more information contact Frank Morris 087 630 4393 tullow@menssheds.ie or Andrew Dreelan andrewdreelan@gmail.com Facebook Page