Funding of €800,000 to support 400 Irish Men’s Sheds, will see local sheds receiving €2,000 grants to assist with running costs, a local TD has said. Deputy Emer Higgins has welcomed the announcement that six local men’s sheds will benefit from the €2,000 grants announced by Minister for Community and Local Development, Heather Humphreys. Deputy Higgins said: “Our local Men’s Sheds create an invaluable service in our communities, fostering friendship and companionship and tackling isolation among men.
“We are lucky to have so many brilliant Men’s Sheds in Dublin Mid West that provide a welcoming space for men to meet up, socialise and learn new skills and I’m delighted that six of our local Men’s Sheds will each receive a €2,000 grant to assist with their running costs,” added Deputy Higgins. “The recipients will include the Men’s Shed Lucan, Clondalkin Men’s Shed, Clondalkin Traveller Men’s Shed, Rathcoole Men’s Shed and Slade Valley Men’s Shed.
Deputy Higgins continued: “As we enter the winter period, and as the cost of living continues to pose massive financial challenges and stresses for families and businesses, the supports that our Men’s Sheds provide are even more important and I’ve no doubt that these grants, which will be administered by the Irish Men’s Shed Association, will definitely be put to good use. “Men’s Sheds are an amazing movement that give many men a new lease of life and friendship and I’d encourage any man interested to pop down to their local Men’s Shed and see what it’s all about,” concluded Deputy Higgins.