Men's Sheds Newsletter.

To contact the IMSA’s office Phone: 01 891 6150


Irish Men's Sheds Association
Social Innovation Hub, 1st Floor, Civic Centre
Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9

Welcome to the  
Irish Men’s Sheds Association Newsletter 


Welcome to the latest IMSA Newsletter.  If you have a piece for our newsletter please email us on so we can try and include it.  It’s an opportunity for you to share your news with fellow sheds around the country and for us at Irish Men’s Sheds Association to keep you informed of all  developments in relation to Men’s Sheds in Ireland.

With thanks

Barry Sheridan

CEO, Irish Men’s Sheds Association 


IMSA Conference 2016



We are delighted to announce or 2016 Conference is to be held on the 22nd October in Belfast.  The venue for the conference is Belfast City Hall.


The Conference will be the biggest Men's Shed event to date and a chance to celebrate how far we have come over the past 5 years.  We are hoping to have every shed in the country represented at the conference.  Tickets and information packs will be released in the coming weeks.  in the meantime for more information contact or call the office on 01 8916150.





International Men's Health Week (MHW) will run from Monday 13th until Sunday 19th June.  It is celebrated in most European countries, as well as in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and a number of other places worldwide.
The overall aims of MHW are to:

  • Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.

  • Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices / activities.

  • Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.

Each year, there is also a focus upon a specific theme.  The theme for 2016 in Ireland is: 'Men United - for Health and Wellbeing' and the key question that we'll be asking is 'are we winning?'


The Irish Men’s Shed Association are one of the partners who have contributed to an all-island inter-agency Men's Health Week (MHW) 2016 Planning Group.

What your Mens Shed can do to mark Men’s Health Week 2016?

We are encouraging all Mens Sheds throughout Ireland to mark Men's Health Week by organising an event in your Shed. 

We are encouraging all sheds on Thursday the 16th June to mark Mens Sheds Week by organising a community walk with all your members.  We suggest short 30 minute walk within your community to mark the week and highlight within your community Mens Health Week.  If your shed would like to take part let us know and send in some pictures that we can use on our website and social media.  If you would like to get some posters or booklets to help promote these walks contact the IMSA office on 01 8916150.




BowelScreen – the National Bowel Screening Programme is a cancer screening programmes organised by the National Screening Service (NSS), part of the HSE. The aim of BowelScreen is to reduce deaths from bowel cancer.   
In Ireland bowel cancer is the second most common newly diagnosed cancer among men and the second most common cause of cancer death.    
Bowelscreen uses a simple home test (known as a FIT test) which is done in the privacy of your own home.  The test does not diagnose bowel cancer but it will tell whether a person needs further investigation.  It looks for tiny amounts of blood, invisible to the eye, in the bowel motion.   In approximately 95% of cases no blood is detected.  You will get a letter with the results of your test within four weeks.
Where blood is detected a person is sent for further investigation called a colonoscopy.  A colonoscopy is the best way to diagnose bowel cancer and other conditions.  If bowel cancer is found at an early stage, it is easier to treat.   Small growths called polyps may also be removed during a colonoscopy.   Polyps are not cancer but, if not removed, might turn into cancer over time.   Results of colonoscopies are given within two weeks. 

How the Programme works

  1. Invitations are sent to those on the BowelScreen Register (i.e. those between the ages of 60 and 69).  Most people who have a PPS number are on the register but if you feel that you may not be or that your details such as address have changed, you can check by contacting  Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

  2.  Once on the register you will receive a letter inviting you to contact  BowelScreen to arrange to get a home test.

  3. Following this you will be sent a test kit in the post with clear instructions on how to use it.

  4. The test takes a sample of your bowel motion which is then returned in a special free, pre-paid envelope provided by the programme.

  5. You will get a letter with the results of the test within four weeks.

  6. You will continue to get an invitation approximately every two years until you are 69 years of age.

Further information is available from or by calling Freephone 1800 45 45 55.





Kilkenny Men’s Shed


Kilkenny Men's Shed have just finished their second poytunnel and a local restaurant in Kilkenny has agreed to take produce from the garden for the Summer. They will give a donation for the produce

They are also having their annual Plant Sale on Saturday the 11th of June from 12-2pm. On the grounds of the Good Shepherd Centre.

With the pupils from the local VEC school they have just finished bicycle up-cycling classes. This went very well and the pupils were very happy with what they learned.




In their timber work shed the men have been busy making Bat boxes for a local farmer & pigeon holes for a local office


Armagh Men's Shed

Armagh Men’s Shed are pleased to announce that they raised £600.00 for charity by exhibiting their impressive model of St Malachy’s Chapel at the Mall Shopping Centre in Armagh. We would like to thank the people of Armagh and visitors to the Shopping Centre for their generous donations and also Centre manager Jenny Sheridan for her ongoing support to the Men’s Sheds.  The men spent 3 months working together on the model and they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They would like to express their gratitude to Pat Moore of PJ models who was the brains behind the project and guided the men through every step of the building process. We have decided to donate the money to PIPS Newry and Mourne who provide much needed early intervention for people in crisis as well as ongoing support for people in emotional distress and suicide bereavement counselling. They can be contacted at 02830266915.


As part of the Good Neighbourhood Program we held a 6 week outreach program in Keady, Co. Armagh, where Armagh shed members travelled weekly to Keady to share model making skills.  It proved to be very successful and men from the Keady area are now in the process of setting up their own Shed.   We wish the new shed every success. 


We also raised £4,000 this year with our raffle in aid of the Southern Area Hospice and we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those who supported the fund raising and to the men who braved the weather to sit outside the various supermarkets selling tickets. We would also like to express our gratitude to the owners and management of the following businesses who supported our efforts be allowing us to sell tickets at their premises.



6 Week Keady Program
As part of the Good Neighbourhood Program we held a 6 week outreach program in Keady, Co. Armagh, where Armagh shed members travelled weekly to Keady to share model making skills.  It proved to be very successful and men from the Keady area are now in the process of setting up their own Shed.   We wish the new shed every success.

Bandon Men's Shed



Bandon Men’s Shed has started a new and exciting project for 2016 “BANDON IN BLOOM”.
The ambition of the project is to flourish the main streets of Bandon with an array of Hanging baskets and window boxes.
In conjunction with TÚS together with sponsors ODM Accountants, the town will be ablaze of colour, lifting the spirit of trade and community alike.
The response to this project has been well supported by the town’s people.
Bandon in Bloom has the budding capacity to grow from strength to strength to a Blooming Success




Sallins Men's Shed In The News 




Bruff Men’s Shed

“We Create, Restore and Maintain,

everything from Furniture to Friendship!”


Bruff Men’s Shed is typical of many around the country, and we welcome men of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. We follow our members’ lead when it comes to choosing projects and outings, and enjoy sharing our skill sets and experience.
 Bruff Men's Shed has been up and running for nearly a year and a half now, and to celebrate, we are hosting an open day on July 1st from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm in The Kirby O’Sullivan Centre (Formerly FCJ Convent), Kilmallock Road, Bruff.  
We would love for whole families to come along and hear all about our work, and meet our members. Wives of potential new members are especially welcome to come down and scout out the scene on behalf of their husbands.  We will serve refreshments on the morning, and have a display of some of the achievements made by our group. We will have some guest speakers to tell you all about the Men’s Sheds movement both nationally, and from a Munster specific viewpoint. Bruff Men’s Shed have an active Facebook account, and can be contacted by calling Maurice on 086 3375207.
So, if you have every wondered what exactly they do there…. Now’s your chance to find out!

Priorswood & District Men's Shed


Priorswood & District Men’s Shed recently carried out a joint community project where in collaboration with the St Francis National School Priorswood, under the direction of the school Principal Mr Kennedy launched an initiative  for the school children to design a crest / Logo for their shed.


They were absolutely delighted to be given 82 entries from all classes in the school and incredibly all of the children demonstrated a similar theme.  They were delighted to involve the school children and are happy they and their teachers understand what Men’s Shed are about.

The Priorswood & District Men's Shed adopted the below entry as their new logo. 





Claremorris Men's Shed 


A few photos from the Arts and Crafts fair that Claremorris Men's Shed run twice a year as a fundraiser for their 3 sheds



The photos are in relation to  woodwork projects the Men do day to day at their woodwork shed and woodwork  products    



Clarecastle Men's Shed


Clarecastle Mens Shed visit Money Point power plant. 


Antrim Men's Shed

The Men’s Shed Steeple Antrim has had a busy first half of the year.  We kicked off the year by creating our Shed cookbook: “The Shed Chefs”.  With funding from the South Antrim Community Network and the help of our partners, Action Cancer, ADSA and Parkhall Integrated Collage we produced an 80 page, full colour recipe book full of affordable and easy to prepare meals.  We focused on meals for one, freezer friendly meals and diabetic friendly desserts.  As well as planning the book and cooking many of the dishes, our keen photographers had workshops in food photography, photo editing and desktop publishing and took all the pictures in the book.  We launched the cookbook in March in Antrim Library.


For our second big event, we joined the Men’s Shed Downpatrick and the Men’s Shed Fermanagh in a showcase event in Belfast in April.  At the event we had reminiscence life boxes, screen printing, traditional storytelling, photography and music.  It was a wonderful event highlighting the many skills and talents of the Men in the three Sheds.

Right on the back of the showcase event 15 of our men managed to get our Team Challenge Garden entry for the Garden Show Ireland together.  We were delighted to win “Best Design” at the show.


Moate Men's Shed


A big congratulations to Moate Men's Shed who were presented as winners of the Best Overall Float at the St Patrick's Day Presentations


Croke Park  Special Offer
for Men's Sheds


Just to let you know that our offer in connection with our friends at Croke Park for all our Sheds is still open to all our sheds.  Croke Park have put together a generous discounted offer to all our sheds to take a visit to the GAA headquarters.

It is a great day out and one that we would highly recommend.  If your shed is interested in a trip to the GAA Museum and would like to avail of the special offer please contact the Croke Park Museum on 01 8192374 and quote ‘Men’s Shed Offer’.  If your shed does visit please send in some photos for us to share on our upcoming newsletters.


Irish Men's Shed Association Handbook


A copy of the Handbook is available to all Registered Sheds with the Irish Men’s Sheds Association.


If you are registered and are yet to receive your copy of the Handbook or require further information, please contact the IMSA office on 01 8916150.

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