Monday 15 July 2019

Gorey's Men's Shed looking for new premises

Donnacha Murphy and Bob McCausland carrying away the sign for Gorey’s Men’s Shed
Donnacha Murphy and Bob McCausland carrying away the sign for Gorey’s Men’s Shed
Donnacha Murphy, John Kelly from Wexford Local Development and Bob McCausland

Sara Gahan

Gorey's Men's Shed bid an emotional farewell to their home of the last 10 years when they closed the doors of their Gorey Business Park for the final time last week.

Attention is now turning to finding a new home, but fears remain that the organisation may have to close for good if they fail to secure a suitable base.

The popular community-based group held their final meeting last Tuesday before clearing out of their former home after being served with a notice to vacate the building.

Cllr Robbie Ireton, chairperson of Gorey's Men Shed, said they are actively looking for a suitable building but fear that if it's not found soon the Men's Shed might have to close for good.

Situated in the Business Park for the last 10 years, the organisation regularly helps out community groups such as Tidy Towns or Wexford County Council with some projects.

'For us, it's all about enhancing positive mental health,' said Cllr Ireton.

'It is going to be a big loss to the community if we can't find somewhere as soon as possible.'

The news that the Men's Shed has to relocate was expected, but the group were not given much time to find a premises. They were served the notice in October to be gone from the current building by January 8.

'We need some sort of a shed space that has water, electricity and toilet facilities,' said Cllr Ireton. 'For now, we are just going to meet each other once a week in the local hotel to keep in touch and sort this out.'

Gorey Men's Shed was one of the first branches to start in county Wexford and it's also one of the most active.

Currently, there are over 30 people involved in the Gorey shed. They meet three days a week or at night time and, because it is a busy group, Cllr Ireton said it would be a tragedy for the town if it closes for good. If anyone has a suitable premises they are asked to get in contact with the members.

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