Monday 18 December 2017

Taking DIY to new level


Billy Walsh and Minister Paul Kehoe perform the offical opening of the Men's Shed in Taghmon.
Billy Walsh and Minister Paul Kehoe perform the offical opening of the Men's Shed in Taghmon.

IT was a knockout event as Olympic Boxing Coach Billy Walsh visited Taghmon last Saturday to officially open Taghmon Men's Shed. Minister Paul Kehoe also took time out from his busy schedule to assist with formalities, and acknowledged the importance of the Shed and the great work being done by Taghmon Family Resource Centre.

A large crowd from the community of Taghmon and from other Men's Sheds in Wexford were also present to give their support and to see the projects the men have been working on over the last few months.

Peter Shermer, speaking on behalf of the men, thanked everyone for coming out to show their support for such a valuable community resource. He also thanked St Vincent de Paul and the Family Support Agency who provided funding for the project. Wexford VEC and the Dept. of Social Protection in Wexford were also praised for providing training programmes for the men. The support of the community in terms of donations of equipment and material was also acknowledged.

From its humble beginnings in Taghmon Family Resource Centre, the Shed now has its own premises in the industrial park. The men use their considerable skills to complete wood and metal work projects for the local community. They have just started a 12-week wood carving course with tutor Paddy Darrigan provided by Wexford VEC.

The Shed is affiliated to the Irish Men's Shed association. The name and concept originates from the shed in the backyard, where you could see men fixing bicycles, and lawnmowers, and making furniture, with young men and older men sharing skills and learning from each other. It is a place for men to come and put their skills to use, whilst also enjoying the social aspect of the Shed.

The Shed is part of Taghmon Family Resource Centre. For further information can contact Ray or Mary on 053-9134465.

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