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Men’s Shed takes off in Louisburgh


HAPPY COUPLE A mock wedding will take place on Saturday night to raise funds for the Louisburgh Area Men’s Shed.

Early in 2018 a group of men of all ages, interests, sizes and shapes came together and decided to set up a Men’s Shed in the Louisburgh area. This area includes, largely but not exclusively,  Louisburgh to Thallabawn, Delphi, Drummin, Lecanvey and back to Louisburgh. Whether resident or visitor to these areas you will be made welcome at Louisburgh Area Men’s Shed (LAMS).
Men’s Shed is a worldwide organisation with a philosophy that focuses on the mental and physical well being of men. In recent years these ‘Sheds’ are being established all over Ireland. A Shed is basically a safe place where men can meet, have a chat, a cup of tea, and maybe decide on projects they would like to pursue, things they might like to learn or know more about,  places they might like to visit , skills they might like to learn, people and projects they might like to help, exercise they might like to try, the list goes on and is entirely up to the members to decide the areas in which they are interested and may decide to pursue.
Members can choose to take part in some or all or none of the chosen  activities.  All are welcome to meet and have a chat. Men’s mental, physical and social wellbeing are at the heart of the Men’s Shed movement. It is a fun, social, shed or club into which all men are welcome.
With that in mind a development committee was established to begin the process of setting up LAMS. Over the last year members have been busy in establishing a formal structure including affiliation to the Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) and to the Mayo Public Participation Network (Mayo PPN). Many of the principles for forming a shed have been put in place, including insurance to cover officers and activities of members, the drawing up of a constitution, visiting other Men’s Sheds (thanks in particular to Westport Men’s Shed, which is thriving).
A premises was required to conduct the activities of the Men’s Shed. This is a problem for most Men’s Sheds and LAMS have been very fortunate and are most appreciative of two generous local people who are helping to solve this issue. A site close to the town has been made available on which it is planned to construct a Men’s Shed building. The group has already obtained full planning permission to erect its own building. The construction will take some time but the process has begun. While waiting for the construction  Tommy Lyons ,of the Derrylahan Bistro Bar and Restaurant has given us the use of a large room at the rear of his premises.  A big thanks to both from all present and future members of LAMS.
With the putting in place of the formalities LAMS have applied to various bodies for funding. While LAMS is hopeful that these applications will be successful, a lot of fundraising will need to be done. In fact, on June 29 next LAMS are presenting a fun mock wedding in the Derrylahan in Louisburgh. A super night is expected, with food and music, to celebrate this event. Tickets are available for €30. If you require tickets contact 086 3779080 or 087 2022877.
All of the above has taken a lot of time and effort but has been rewarding. LAMS also helped out Louisburgh Community Futures and Tidy Towns with their town clean up and painting of derelict buildings, they have donated a restored donkey cart to Tidy Towns donkey cart (which was kindly donated to the Men’s Shed by Padraic Hastings), and assisted with repair work in the Granuaille Heritage Centre, and participated enthusiastically in the highly successful Lipsynch fundraiser for the local national school.
Many men have expressed an interest in joining LAMS (annual subscription of €25) but there are many others out there too. In July, LAMS will hold an open meeting in Louisburgh to explain what it is about, how the organisation operates, and more importantly how to become a member and to get involved.  This will, hopefully, have a positive effect and make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.
So no matter what your age, whether you think you have a talent or not, it is never too late to learn, to participate, or to enjoy a cuppa and a chat. Remember, you are always welcome at LAMS.