Welcome to another weekly update from IMSA head office in Ballymun. If you have any questions about anything in this bulletin, please don't hesitate to call head office on (01) 891 6150 or email



Cluster meeting season is in full swing, with the Mayo meeting (11/04/2017) pictured above. These meetings are a great opportunity to connect with other sheds, exchange ideas and inspiration, and to get vital updates from IMSA and other partners such as the Irish Heart Foundation and the National Screening Service. 

The next set of cluster meetings are:

  • Galway meeting (Wednesday, April 12th, 11:00 - 13:00 at Flannery's Hotel, Galway City)
  • Wicklow meeting (Monday, April 24th, 10:30 - 12:30 at Blessington Men's Shed, The Old Library, Blessington)
  • Kilkenny/Carlow meeting (Thursday, April 27th, 10:30 - 12:30 at St. Patrick's Parish Centre, Bohernatounish Road, Loughboy, Co. Kilkenny).

Our Cavan/Monaghan cluster meeting, which was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, will be rescheduled for a date in early May. Many thanks for your patience.


Nominations are open for the Tesco Community Fund. Recipients are chosen through the blue tokens you'll be familiar with from your local Tesco. Several men's sheds have benefited in the past. If you'd like to nominate a worthy local cause, or if someone in your community would like to nominate your shed, you can access the nomination form here:


"WHAT'S FREE IN 2017?"

That's the question posed by IT tutor Mary Guihen. Fortunately, Mary also supplies the answer; she's offering free basic IT courses for sheds throughout Ireland. Mary's courses comprise 10 hours of training, in five blocks of two hours each, and can be tailored to the needs of your shed. She's also offering a FREE tablet computer to the first thirty sheds to complete the course. That's pretty good value any way you slice it, so for more information, contact Mary Guihen at or call 085 137 6500.


Just a reminder that we're constantly on the lookout for interesting stories, pictures, announcements and events to publicise in the Men's Sheds section of the Farmers Journal. Please email or with anything at all that you feel may be of interest, and we'll be happy to follow up with you straightaway. Remember that the Farmers Journal is read by 300,000 people a week, a huge potential audience for both your shed and the men's sheds movement in general. 


Last week saw some excellent exposure for our sheds in Co. Kerry, with the publication of a sixteen-page supplement in The Kerryman, the Kingdom's premier local newspaper. Sheds from Ballybunion to Sneem were featured, along with contributions from IMSA staff and Chairman George Kelly. Our thanks to everyone who helped make the supplement such a success. If your shed features in local media - or you'd like IMSA's advice on getting a piece in the local paper or radio station - then please contact and let us know.

Thanks for reading.

There'll be another update the same time next week. We hope you all have a fabulous Easter!

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