Athy’s shed is all things to all men

The Athy Men’s Shed project is all things to all men. It is liked and used by men of all ages in the local community. Last Friday it celebrated its first birthday.

The Athy Men’s Shed project is all things to all men. It is liked and used by men of all ages in the local community. Last Friday it celebrated its first birthday.

“Time files, it’s amazing,” said coordinator Mick Osbourne.

The Irish Men’s Sheds Association is a countrywide movement of around 40 ‘sheds’ or clubs where men meet, often to work on DIY projects. Based on an Australian concept, its motto is: “Men don’t talk face to face; they talk shoulder to shoulder.” The idea is that men are task-oriented, and like to socialise over a project, no matter how small.

The Athy Men’s Shed first opened its doors last October. Based in the Athy Enterprise Centre, more than 60 men drop by to work on bicycle repair workshops, horticulture at allotments in St Vincents and woodwork projects such as bird and dog boxes.

“It depends on the lads, but on average we would get 10 to 12 men a day,” explained Mr Osbourne. “ What we are trying to do is make it sustainable.

“It’s been a fantastic year. Thank you to a lot of people, everybody who contributed and thanks to the men.

“A year ago they didn’t know eachother and now come together as a group and have made the project such a success,” he said.