Men's Shed's in Cavan receive up to €3000 following today's announcement

The announcement was made at the National Men's Shed AGM in Virginia Show Centre today.

Men's Sheds across Cavan are to be allocated up to €3000 each following an announcement in Virginia today.

Belturbet & District, Virginia, Cavan Town, Cootehill, Ballyjamesduff, Cavan Traveller, Kilnaleck, Lacken, Mullagh, Bailieborough, Kingscourt, Kilrane/Shercock, Swanlinbar, Loughan House, Bailieborough Traveller and Killeshandra mens sheds will each receive the funding under the new scheme.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD has today announced a new €1 million Fund to support Men’s Sheds across the country.

Under the initiative, grants of up to €3,000 will be provided to 435 Men’s Sheds across the country.

The funding is designed to assist Men’s Sheds with their running costs such as their heating, electricity utility and insurance bills.

The Minister made the announcement at ‘Shedfest’, the National Conference of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association (IMSA), in Virginia, County Cavan.

Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said:

“The emergence of our Men’s Sheds has been a hugely positive development for communities right across Ireland.

“They help tackle isolation and provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment where men of all ages can come together to socialise, share skills and work on meaningful projects.

“As we enter the winter months, the supports that our Men’s Sheds provide are more important than ever.

“This funding builds on last year’s fund of €800,000 to support Men’s Sheds, and just shows the long term commitment to Men’s Sheds from this government.”

Minister of State, Joe O Brien also said:

“I recognise and acknowledge the positive role of Mens Sheds in the context of social inclusion all over the country and welcome this funding to assist them as they continue that work.

Also welcoming the funding, Enda Egan, CEO of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association, said:

“We are delighted with today’s announcement and we’re grateful to Minister Humphreys for her ongoing support for the sheds. The Men’s Shed movement was hit very hard by the Covid pandemic with weekly attendance numbers falling from 10,000 pre-covid to approximately 6,000 currently. This announcement is a major a boost for us in the Irish Men’s Sheds Association to know that this funding can be utilised by sheds to pay for their utility bills throughout this winter and mitigate against the increased cost of running a Men’s shed. This funding will help greatly towards the sustainability of Ireland’s 435 Men’s Sheds as many continue to struggle to re-open and remain operational post-covid. There is no doubt Shed members up and down the country, and their communities will benefit greatly from this funding and I know that the support from Minister Humphreys is much appreciated by all shed members.”