It’s All About The Base!!

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.

Midleton Men’s Shed is coming home.

The base is laid, there’s no stopping us now!!

New Beginnings

Another Giant Leap for Midleton Men’s Shed!

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.

Site Clearance
First Steps of Site Clearance for our Permanent Shed In 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.

We were in the Irish Examiner newspaper…… again

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.

PRESS RELEASE

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.

Denis Ring and Liam Ruane from MyPlace Midleton joining with our shed members in giving a thumbs up on the site for our new shed

Music at Midleton Men’s Shed

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 men getting tuned in!!
Nice and easy does it!