Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed over €27,500 in funding to support the work of Men’s Sheds across Roscommon-Galway.
The Men’s Sheds movement in Ireland is growing since the first Men’s Shed was established almost seven years ago. There are now more than 10,000 members and at least four communities a week are calling for new Sheds in their areas.
“Across Roscommon-Galway there are at least 19 Men’s Sheds and this number is set to get much bigger. This shows there’s a huge demand in our communities, particularly in rural areas for their value and services,” said Minister Denis Naughten.
“In order to help the Irish Men’s Sheds Association cope with the demands of its rapidly growing network, the Government, through the Department of Rural and Community Development, is providing €500,000 to support the work of Men’s Sheds throughout Ireland. Some €27,537 of this will be allocated to Men’s Sheds in Roscommon-Galway and I would like to see as many of them as possible avail of this funding. It is up to the individual Sheds to submit applications to the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) in order to avail of the funding and I urge them to do so by the August 31st deadline,” added Minister Naughten.
“Men’s Sheds deserve Government support as their work and services are of huge social benefit to members in our communities. I will work with my Cabinet colleague, Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring, to ensure more funding is made available to keep Men’s Sheds thriving in our communities.”