A total of 16 Men’s Sheds in Wexford is among almost 400 nationwide to share in a €500,000 funding package.
The Sheds selected for funding are Wexford Working Men’s Club, Shamrock Men’s Shed, New Ross Men’s Shed, Tomhaggard Women’s Shed, Bridgetown Men’s Shed, Ramsgrange Men’s Shed, Enniscorthy Men’s Shed, Gorey Men’s Shed, Kilmuckridge Men’s Shed and Corach Men’s Shed, Taghmon Men’s Shed, Our Lady’s Island Men’s Shed, Rosslare Strand Men’s Shed, Caim Men’s Shed, Kilanerin Men’s Shed and Kilrane/Rosslare Harbour Men’s Shed.
According to Minister Paul Kehoe the sheds will receive grants up to €2,000 and the total allocation for Wexford is just under €20,000.
The money will allow the individual sheds to upgrade their facilities by purchasing equipment or carrying out minor improvement works.
Commenting on the funding announcement, Minister Kehoe said: “Men’s Sheds play a vital role across County Wexford, promoting the health and well-being of members and assisting them in combating issues such as loneliness and isolation. They are a great example of a positive community-based organisation that promotes good citizenship through good works.”
Following the allocation of the funding to each Local Authority area last May, applications were then overseen by Local Community Development Committees around the country.