A lucky 13 Men's Sheds to receive improvement grants
A total of 13 Men's Sheds in County Wexford are among 300 groups nationwide sharing in a €500,000 Government funding package.
According to Minister of State at the Department of Defence, Paul Kehoe, the sheds will receive average grants of between €1,000 and €2000 each. The total allocation for Wexford is €23,188.
The money will allow individual men's sheds groups to upgrade their facilities by purchasing equipment or carrying out minor improvement works.
The County Wexford Sheds selected for funding are Bridgetown, Caim, Corach, Enniscorthy, Gorey, Kilmuckridge, Kilrane/Rosslare Harbour, New Ross, Our Lady's Island, Ramsgrange, Rosslare, Shamrock, Taghmon and Wexford's Working Men's Sheds.
'From Enniscorthy to Wexford, from Gorey to New Ross, the sheds promote the health and wellbeing of members by combating issues such as loneliness and isolation, while creating a culture where men can discuss their thoughts and feelings without stigma,' said Minister Kehoe.
'They are a great example of a positive community based organisation that promotes good citizenship through good works.'
Last July, the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring announced the €500,000 allocation under Community Enhancement Programme to enable Men's Sheds to improve facilities by carrying out minor works and purchasing equipment.