First East Cork Journal Weekly Column

This article was first published in the East Cork Journal on November 15th 2018

We are delighted to be working with the Aghada Centre Theatre Group to make some of the stage props for their upcoming musical called Nanny Poppins. The group have already started rehearsals and plan to raise the curtains in Spring 2019.
We have already made some of the smaller props for the show and are also assisting with the transfer of other props from a theatre group in Thurles – who recently finished a run of this same show – and re-assembling these in Aghada.
Get Winter-Ready
We saw the weather take a turn for the worse over the weekend, and this is a timely reminder that we all have a responsibility not only to look after our own bodily and mental wellbeing, but also that of our neighbours around us in the community. In recent days the government launched its Winter Ready programme, and they have assembled a good amount of very useful information that is available on their website www.winterready.ie

Simple things you can do.
* Have important contact numbers such as doctor, Gardaí, etc. where they are quickly and easily accessible
* Have a flashlight (with charged battery) in an easily accessible location
* Have your Eircode in an easily accessible location
* Know how to turn off the electricity, gas and water in your home

Flu Vaccine
In the Men’s Shed article here last week, the importance for men to get checked for prostate cancer was emphasised. This week we are also promoting getting the flu vaccination, and not just for men.
* Flu causes death and hospitalisation every year
* You need to get the Flu Vaccine every year as the virus changes every year
* The Flu vaccine contains killed viruses, so it cannot give you the flu
* Healthy people can have flu without any obvious symptoms and unknowingly pass it on.
More information is available on www.hse.ie/flu

Our Men’s shed group meet weekly at 11.30 on Friday mornings in the Edmond Rice Centre.
We welcome new members, and if you would like more information you can contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone on 087-7677866.

Give a little – It will help a lot

For years this slogan, "Give a little, it would help a lot" has been on posters and radio and television adverts and at different times of year it wase seen and heard more often than at other times. In my memory, one of the times was Christmas, and even though I mightn't have seen or heard it for several years, I was reminded of it last evening.
Nowadays there's a lot of talk of secularism and the loss of spirituality in society, people may have turned away from the church for a variety of reasons, but they still have a lot of love and giving in their hearts.
This was driven home to me as I went to my local blood clinic to make a donation. It had been over a year since I last gave blood, for no particularly good reason, probably the time they were in the area didn't suit me or maybe I didn't know about it, however I was made aware of their being in the area this time, so no excuses.
The clinic in Midleton was scheduled to begin at 5pm, so I decided I'd get in early and avoid the crowds, however as I walked through the doors, I saw at least 20 people in front of me who all had exactly the same idea.

For a moment my heart sunk, but then I copped on and saw how brilliant this was. On a dark November evening a crowd of volunteers had gathered to donate their blood to help save someone else's life, and I was fortunate and privileged to be able to do do this. I joined the queue, and there was banter and talk of the weather and the queue, all in good spirits, and once the queue started moving, it progressed quickly. All the while people were joining the queue, arriving after busy days at work, and still willing to take the time to give of themselves in the most literal and practical of ways.
At each stage of the process from check-in to blood test, to transfusion to refreshments, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service Personnel were genuinely thankful to all of us for making the effort.
As I left the blood centre, walking into the wind and rain, I was energised by the amount of goodness that exists in society. Much of the time, we only hear bad news in the media, however there is plenty of goodness and love and good people all around us everyday. People doing good and not broadcasting it.  I fully understand that not everyone is in a position to give blood for a variety of very valid reasons, and I'm sure they have their own ways of giving, quietly, just as the blood donors I encountered in Midleton last evening.
Our Men's shed is a little bit like this, men getting together in a safe environment to help each other. Through chatting and working on projects we build self confidence, learn new skills and with the synergies created from combining life experience and wisdom, we can help each other to acquire the knowledge to improve mental wellness and in doing so improve all of our lives in small or not so small ways.

New weekly column in the East Cork Journal

We are very thankful to the East Cork Journal for the opportunity to have a 'Midleton Men's Shed Weekly News' published in this popular regional newspaper.  The first article was published on Thursday November 15th.
The column gives us a chance to let the people of Midleton and surrounds know what us 'shedders' are doing, in terms of local projects or progress with our shed or any other nuggets of wisdom we can pass on that might be of benefit locally.