The first Northwest Men’s Shed Network took place in Letterkenny on Saturday 12th Sept 2015. The networking event was attended by over 40 men’s shed delegates (Shedders) and hosted by Letterkenny Men’s Shed in their premises in the St Conal’s Campus. Letterkenny Men’s Shed is sponsored by Letterkenny C.D.P. in partnership with the H.S.E. The networking event was funded by Donegal Local Development Company under SICAP.

The members of Letterkenny men’s shed are proud of how this event turned out both; in numbers in attendance and topics discussed including the establishment of a formal Network for the Northwest, Health & Wellbeing, and Lobbying Politicians to help resource the sustainability of this network.

The event started with a warm welcome from John Roe on behalf of Letterkenny Men’s Shed and was officially opened by Cllr. Gerry Mc Monagle Mayor of Letterkenny Municipal District. Anne Marie Gallagher Chairperson of Letterkenny C.D.P. added her congratulations to the men’s shed for their excellent work. Fiona Doherty then gave an overview of the Man Up Campaign and this concluded the formal part of the day; which was followed by lunch.

After Lunch the shedders came together for a formal network meeting in a relaxed and focused gathering, where a powerful expression of the needs of men and mens’ sheds were voiced. This resulted in an agreement to encourage all mens’ sheds who were in attendance and those that made their apologies to delegate a rep from their respective shed to attend future network meetings.

Letterkenny Men’s Shed offered their thanks to H.S.E staff and to Trisha for her support and help and for the quality of food presented on the day. They also paid tribute to Margaret Toner Voluntary Manager of Letterkenny C.D.P., Mary Rose Sheridan C.E Supervisor and her Staff for their support.

A big thank you goes to the core Men’s Shed team members, working on this project i.e. Johnny Nee, Michael Mc Cormack, John Roe, Pat Corcoran, and Gerry Mc Monagle.


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