Men's Shed project on U.S. TV show

VOLUNTARY HEROES FEATURED

BRENDAN MCCARTHY

Published 21/11/2012|16:56

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Pat O'Mahony, co-ordinator of the Killarney Men's Shed project, making a special presentation back in June of this year to David Helmers, CEO of the Australian Men's Shed Association, who officially opened the Killarney Men's Shed premises at Lewis... Credit: Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

KILLARNEY Men's Shed has been featured on a US television series which reached a potential audience of tens of millions of viewers.

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The Killarney facility, which provides an outlet for men to meet, chat, pursue their hobbies and work, was selected for popular documentary series Turning Point as it has one of the biggest memberships of any of Ireland's Men's Sheds, with over 120 men using the facility on a regular basis.

The popular programme was broadcast on Monday, November 5 last, on BYUtv, which is carried by nearly 600 cable TV providers in the U.S.

The television documentary featuring local Kerry Men's Shed members was filmed by a four-man production team over eight days during the summer of 2012 in various locations across Ireland, including Killarney, Armagh City, Blanchardstown in Dublin, and Taghmon, Bannow and Enniscorthy in Co. Wexford. It is the first time that an episode of the programme was filmed outside of the United States.

Mick Myers, of the Killarney Men's Shed project, said they were delighted to be featured on the documentary.

"It was brilliant to be featured on the documentary. Things are going very well here," Mick told The Kerryman.

The shed, based in the former Ross Products building on Upper Lewis Road, though officially opened last June, has been available for use for a year.

The building was donated by the Kerry Mental Health Association and with a grant from South Kerry Partnership Development and the assistance of TUS and RSS workers and goodwill from a lot of Killarney businesses, the facility was converted for use by the group.

Mick Myers said he was pleased with the progress made by Killarney Men's Shed and pointed out that everyone is welcome to call in and see what they're all about.

"No-one will ever be turned away. It's run like a club, no-one gets paid, and all of the work is voluntary. You don't have to work here; you can come in and have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat. It's important for men to have somewhere to go for company," he said.

And, in a further boost, the AGM of the Irish Men's Shed Association will be hosted by the Killarney club on Saturday, December 1, next. The get-together will see approximately 200 people travel from all over Ireland.

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