At Midleton Men’s Shed, our primary aim is to provide a safe and friendly space where our members can meet, chat, and work on either personal or community projects. Through talking and working on projects either individually or as teams, we hope to assist in highlighting issues around male health, and in doing so prevent the occurrence of issues through raising awareness and education about these issues and how preventable and treatable they are.
Core Values of any Men’s Shed
Honesty and Openness – Everything we do is transparent to the shedders and to the General Public.
Equality and Inclusion – Our shed creates a place of belonging, participatory democracy, mutual respect, companionship, and community for all shedders
Leadership – We endeavour to demonstrate and promote leadership in all we do.
Our story has been a tough one. We originally formed around 2013, and from then until this year have been moving from pillar to post, from one temporary location to another. Over the eight or so years, there have been trials and tribulations many relating to the fact that we didn’t have a permanent home. In 2019 we had a minor breakthrough. Through happenstance we were informed of a premises we could possibly have for a temporary workshop. We remain very thankful to Carrigtwohill Parish, and to Fr. Bill Bermingham and Fr. Patrick Winkle for providing us with a temporary workspace. The stables at Parochial House on Station Road in Carrigtwohill has been our temporary home sine 2019. If only this idyllic location had been in Midleton!
Throughout the pandemic our committee worked with MyPlace Midleton to secure a site for a permanent base in Midleton. We worked with SECAD and Cork County Council on funding.
In July 2020 we finalised an agreement with MyPlace on a site, and within 15 months, we had planning approval, and funding approval. F we had a steel fabricated shed on site in Midleton. It took a few more months to make it habitable. Even though the shed will remain a project for the foreseeable future, we are ‘moved in’ and incredibly delighted to have our own permanent home in the heart of Midleton Town.
Ourur new shed will continue to be our Big Project for the moment, however since 2017 we’ve been involved in a number of community Projects. We hope to continue with more of these into the future. Below is a selection of the projects we have worked on.
In 2017 with funding from the Sisters of Mercy in Cork, we purchased and installed a number of flood doors in vulnerable houses around Midleton. The house owners were very thankful, and we were delighted to offer this important service to the community.
Stage Set and Stage Prop creation and adaptation
In Autumn 2018 we began working with a local theatre group in Aghada. We assisted with the making and adapting some of the props for the show “Nanny Poppins” which was performed to great acclaim Early in 2019.
We worked with Aghada Centre Theatre Group once again later in 2019. This time we assisted with the set for their show Separate Beds which is was staged in November 2019.
Christmas Lights Projects
In the run up to Christmas 2019 we were delighted to partner with Midleton Christmas Lights Group. Our task was to provide a Sleigh for Santa which got great use for children’s photographs and playing. We thoroughly enjoyed working on this project, and took great delight in seeing the local children enjoying the sleigh. In November 2021 we worked with the committee again. This time we made a carriage for the train they had purchased in 2020. This was a fast turnaround for us but we rose to the challenge and delivered on time.
We worked with with the Irish Bee Conservation Group through late 2019 and up to February 2020 in making Bee Lodges. These will assist in the conservation of the Irish Black Bees and other species. The Bee Lodges have been situated locally around Fota House among other places.
At present we have seven committee members:
Officers: Chairman, Gerard Cogan. Treasurer, Tim Hoban. Secretary, Seán Hennessy.
Committee Members: Joe Daly, Donal Dennehy, Patrick Lyons, Terry O’Leary, William O’Leary.
To find out more about our projects or if you have a project that we might be able to assist with, please Contact Us