The Minister for European Affais, and former Minister for Mental
Health and Older People, Helen McEntee T.D., has welcomed the news
that nationally the 400th Men’s Shed was opened last week in Kilcock
on the Kildare/Meath border.
The Men’s Sheds movement, in Ireland, has grown exponentially under
the Irish Men’s Sheds Association (IMSA) since the first Shed was
established in 2011, and this is to be welcomed according to Minister
“During my time as Minister for Mental Health and Older People, and on
an ongoing basis as a local Meath East T.D., it has been an honour to
witness and encourage the development of the Men’s Shed movement
locally and nationally, and to visit many Men’s Sheds. It gives a
space for men to learn, create, share and communicate. It gives men
structure, hope and something to look forward to. It helps their
physical, mental and spiritual well being” stated Minister McEntee.
“There are now 400 Sheds nationally with over 10,000 members. Their
rate of growth is actually increasing, and I encourage anyone
interested in setting up a new Men’s Shed in Meath to contact me or my
office and we will be only too happy to help you along with the IMSA”
stated Minister McEntee.
“In order to help the Irish Men’s Sheds Association cope with the
demands of its rapidly growing network nationally, my colleague in
Government Minister Michael Ring is providing €15,000 in funding in
order to support the purchase of much needed IT and communications
equipment. I encourage current and prospective Men’s Sheds to engage
with and use the resources of the Irish Men’s Shed Association
nationally” Minister McEntee said.
Minister McEntee finally noted that both Ratoath and Dunboyne Men’s
Shed had recently received small grants of €240 each in order to
promote sport with older people.