We’ve taken another giant step towards our goal of having a permanent home in Midleton. The concrete base is now laid for the shed and as soon as it’s set we can organise to have the shed installed. We are very proud of what we have achieved to date, and also our excitement is building about achieving our dream of having a permanent presence in the centre of Midleton. Everything is coming together nicely now and it won’t be too long before we can move from our temporary location in Carrigtwohill for which we are very thankful to Father Bill Bermingham and Father Patrick Winkle.
There are many more people who we are thankful for assistance and direction along the route, and we will publish a separate blogpost in due course to address these. In the meantime, it’s all systems go and full steam ahead.
Momentum is gathering now for Midleton Men’s Shed. As can be seen from the photograph, Concrete Pouring is not too far away, and very soon we will have our long-awaited permanent home in the centre of Midleton.
Below is a picture showing the beginnings of the physical process of clearing the site for Midleton Men’s Shed’s new permanent home in the Centre of Midleton.
This is the culmination of a huge effort by the committee, and amazing co-operation from many people and organisations in Midleton and beyond many of whom prefer to remain nameless. We are so proud and delighted to now see concrete progress towards our goal. We have been working diligently throughout the pandemic, abiding by all the COVID-19 protocols to drive our project forward, and now at last we see this huge step forward, and it only makes us more determined than ever to bring the shed to completion in the very near future.
We are so looking forward to moving home, very very soon.
Planning approval received for Midleton Men’s Shed adjacent to Community Centre off Bailick Road.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and adversity” – Martin Luther King Jr.
It could be said that there is never a good time to take on the challenge of building a new home, however Midleton Men’s Shed have taken on this very challenge, and in the middle of a pandemic.
Midleton Men’s Shed has been around in various formats since 2013. The group was rejuvenated in 2018 and having been limited to meeting for a couple of hours once a week in the Edmond Rice Centre in the town, the group had been searching for and working on having a place to call their own. In early 2019 the group were lucky – and very grateful Fr. Bill and Fr. Patrick – to be given the use of a rundown stables in Carrigtwohill as a temporary home. The group undertook the refurbishment of the stables into a kitchen/canteen and a workshop where they worked on community and personal projects. They still have the use of the use of the premises, however since the first lockdown in March 2020 they have only been able to make very limited use of it and during Level 5 lockdowns they have reluctantly stayed away. Throughout all this time, it has been the hope and belief of the group that they would have a permanent home in Midleton, and in the background, the committee worked slowly and steadily towards this goal. With the onset of Covid19, the committee knew very well that this would make things more challenging, and while the shed was forced to close for the safety of the members, regular zoom calls were initiated to keep the chats and the banter alive. The committee also used zoom to progress the plans to move permanently to Midleton, and their determination and hard work was rewarded in July 2020 with the news that MyPLace Midleton had agreed to make a site available adjacent to the community centre. This was a huge step forward for the group and reinforced the determination of the committee to bring the project to fruition. The committee and the group are hugely thankful to the board and management of MyPlace for their generosity and foresight in making this happen.
The next step on the journey was to secure planning permission. Once again, the committee worked tirelessly with suppliers and Myplace to pull together the drawings and plans necessary for the application process. In mid-December then, just as the country was preparing for another bout of Level 5 restrictions, they were thrilled to receive the news that the planning application had been approved. To have made so much progress in this relatively short period is extraordinary, and Chairman Ger Cogan paid tribute to the committee who working with MyPlace had made it happen.
Of course, while this has been monumental progress the committee are under no allusions that their job is done. They are now in fundraising mode and are very thankful to East Cork Oil and to Irish Distillers Midleton for their very generous support of this project and for helping them on the road to achieving their permanent home in Midleton. They are also working with SECAD and Cork County Council to secure funding that will allow them to take the final steps on a journey that started eight years ago. Gerard Cogan said that they firmly believe that the end line is now in view, and pandemic or otherwise, they won’t stop until they get there.
Below is a picture giving an indication of the style of shed the group are planning to build:
The good news about us securing a site in Midleton for our Men’s Shed is really spreading. After getting a brief column in the Irish Examiner last week, yesterday Seán O’Riordan did a super write-up about our situation in ‘TheCounty’ supplement of the same publication. We are delighted to get this publicity and indebted to this excellent newspaper for sharing our story. Thanks a million! As previously mentioned we are also indebted to MyPlace in Midleton for giving us the use of the site.
EXCITING TIMES AHEAD AS MYPLACE GIVE THUMBS UP ON SITE FOR MIDLETON MEN’S SHED
For the last 15 months or so, Midleton Men’s Shed has been located in Carrigtwohill and we are very thankful to Fr. Bermingham & Fr. Winkle for the continued use of the Stable at Parochial House there.
In recent weeks, working closely with MyPlace Midleton, the Men’s Shed group has secured the use of the site beside the Community Centre just off Bailick Road for the purpose of erecting a Workshop/Recreation area.
Chairman Gerard Cogan said “We are delighted with this news and this is the beginning of a new chapter for our group. However, this is only the start, and now comes the significant task of putting a long-term home on this site which will benefit the men of Midleton for years to come. We face challenges in raising funds to erect a shed, or in securing modular buildings that could be placed on the site, and would appreciate the assistance of any people or local businesses who can help with this. We are very thankful to the Board and management of MyPlace Midleton for starting us on this exciting new journey and look forward to welcoming new members from Midleton and surrounding areas.
We broke new ground yesterday afternoon (metaphorically speaking) when we had our first (and hopefully not last) socially distanced sing-song in the open air at our Men’s Shed in Carrigtwohill. (I know, Midleton Men’s shed in Carrigtwohill? That’s another story. ) As it was our first attempt at something like this, I was tentative and hopeful that it would be successful, and I’m delighted to say that it was a great success. To allow for the social distancing, we decided to sing outdoors in the lovely courtyard adjoining the shed, and luckily the weather remained favourable throughout. We did get one or two drops of rain at one stage, however nothing that would stop us from singing once we got started. We had some lovely songs and music for about an hour and a half. I heard lovely songs that I’d never heard before and old favourites that are sung regularly at sessions all over the country and beyond. We had one or two shy men also, and we’re hoping we might encourage them to sing with us the next time around. We might also encourage some of our other members who weren’t present yesterday to join us and sing or just have a listen.
Anyway, a successful afternoon, and I believe everyone present enjoyed the music and the banter. We even got some homework, we all have to have at least one song that we didn’t sing yesterday!! So until the next one………
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the global population with a sledgehammer blow that no-one foresaw or could have foreseen. Overnight our lives were changed utterly, and in mid-march 2020 we underwent a ‘lockdown’. Overnight, our shed was closed indefinitely, and in an effort to stay connected – like the rest of the world – we resorted to virtual meetings using our computers and our phones. Not everyone has been able to join using these computer/phone meetings so had phone conversations in an effort to stay in touch. It has been a difficult few months, however, the good news is that we have re-opened our doors (in a limited fashion and observing the HSE and IMSA guidelines on social distancing, coughing etiquette and hand sanitising) again. For the coming weeks until things stabilise further we will open on Tuesdays and Fridays only. Our workshop will remain closed until further notice, however it may be possible to work on some projects in the open air during this time if we can do it while meeting the social distancing requirements.
Day trip to Cork On Friday January 18th a delegation from Midleton Men’s Shed
attended a very important event at the Metropole Hotel in Cork City. Towards the end of 2018 the Irish Men’s Shed
Association were awarded the European Citizen’s Prize. Since 2008, the European Parliament awards
the European Citizen’s Prize every year to projects and initiatives that
facilitate cross-border cooperation or promote mutual understanding within the
EU. Previous Irish winners include the
GAA in 2013 and CoderDojo in 2017.
The Men’s Shed Association was
nominated for the prize by Sean Kelly MEP and Deirdre Clune MEP both of whom
were in attendance.
Mr. Kelly spoke about how delighted he was to Nominate the Men’s Shed movement
and how doubly delighted he was that they won the prize.
Ms. Clune also expressed her delight that the Men’s Shed movement had won this
prestigious prize, and praised in the highest terms the excellent work being
done in facilitating over 400 sheds across the country to get up and
running. She also expressed her hopes that
funding from the Government and from Europe could be secured for individual
sheds and for the National association.
Mr. Barry Sheridan, CEO of the Irish Men’s Shed Association also spoke briefly,
outlining the strong growth of the Men’s Shed movement in Ireland; In 2018
alone, more than 60 new sheds were established, an average of more than one
The award was then presented to Mr. Sheridan by Mr. Kelly and Ms. Clune and
that concluded the formalities of the event.
We were then entertained by the
choirs from the Men’s Sheds from Carrigaline and Mayfield who were in great
voice and we were all encouraged to join in the singing in the spirit of
involvement that is key to the Men’s Shed ethos.
At this point, having worked up a thirst from listening and singing,
refreshments were served and the shedders did some of the things they do best,
chatted, drank tea and had the craic.
Launch Evening at Aghada Centre Theatre Group
Later the same evening some members attended the official launch of the Theatre
Group’s 2019 musical, Nanny Poppins. Our
Men’s Shed Group are hugely grateful to be one of the beneficiaries from the
show, and our Chairman was called upon to say a few words. In related big news, one of our members has
been auditioned and accepted and will make his stage debut in the show
March. We are very excited for him and
we are sure he will be a huge asset to the group and the show. More about this in the coming weeks.
Our Men’s Shed group meets weekly at 11.30 on Friday mornings in the
Edmond Rice Centre, and we welcome new members.
If you would like more information you can contact us by email at:[email protected]
or have a look at our website: www.midletonmensshed.com
We are also on social media as follows:
While we’ve been lucky with the settled spell of
weather in recent weeks, we have seen in recent years that the coldest spells
appear to come in the months of January to March. And even though we’re seeing
a ‘stretch in the evenings’, it will be prudent and sensible to be prepared in
advance of another ‘Beast from the and ensure that you and your car are
winter-ready. As the old saying goes ‘fail
to prepare, prepare to fail,’ but what exactly should you stock in your
car’s winter driving kit? We may not be able to predict the weather, but our
checklist below should take the guesswork out of staying safe on the roads this
Ice, Ice, Maybe
Ice on the roads & ice on the windscreen is
most likely to be a factor early in the mornings, for this reason we recommend
keeping an ice scraper and some de-icer in your car & drive to the
Save yourself a
Keep your Insurance cover info in your
vehicle, or/member card handy. Ensure mobile phone is always charged up
before trip. Keep hi-vis clothing, a torch and an emergency warning triangle in
your car so that you can make yourself more visible to passing traffic if you must
step out from your car.
Maybe its cold
For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep some warm
clothes and potentially even a blanket/sleeping bag, in your car so that you
can stay warm while waiting for roadside rescue team.
Food for thought
No-one likes being cold and/or hungry, so as silly
as it may seem it can be a good idea to have some food in your winter emergency
kit (we recommend something with a long-shelf life like a cereal bar along with
a bottle or two of water to help keep you or your car hydrated depending on the
circumstances. This is particularly important if you have a pre-existing
medical condition which could be worsened by any significant length of time
without food. We would also encourage motorists to keep a small amount of any
medication that you need to take at regular intervals in the car, so that you
are not left without if you find yourself stuck in your vehicle.
Fingers crossed you’ll never need to use your car’s
winter safety kit, but it’s always a good idea to have one ready for the worst
case scenario. While the above essentials are likely to be the most important
items to include, if you still have room in your boot a small fire
extinguisher, spare light bulbs, and even a first-aid kit could also be useful
during the winter months. For the sake of 10 minutes and a small amount of
cash, your winter kit could prove to be a life-saver.