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………