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Friday 18 January 2019

Stories from the Shed is a huge success for its members

Front: Cllr Robbie Ireton, Conor Gleeson, Tony Myers, Padraig McManus, Henry Lambert and Tom Logan. Back: District Manager Amanda Byrne, Cathy Fowley (Silver Thread), Donnacha Murphy, Carmel Conroy (Silver Thread), Jim Lawlor and librarian Martina Halford
Front: Cllr Robbie Ireton, Conor Gleeson, Tony Myers, Padraig McManus, Henry Lambert and Tom Logan. Back: District Manager Amanda Byrne, Cathy Fowley (Silver Thread), Donnacha Murphy, Carmel Conroy (Silver Thread), Jim Lawlor and librarian Martina Halford

Sara Gahan

After a very successful launch, Men's Shed members from across Wexford held a reading of their new book 'Stories from the Shed' last week in Gorey Library.

Many gathered to hear snippets of the short stories that are based on a wide range of topics that took readers on a trip through strawberry fields and the Passage East car ferry to the bogs of Ballinaboola.

'You could even taste the fresh water from the well they spoke of and the ham and cheese sandwiches on the beach,' said Mary Kinsella from Gorey Municipal District.

The book was officially launched in October by Cllr George Lawlor in Wexford Library. It features stories from a total of nine men who are part of the Men's Shed projects across county Wexford.

The publisher Silver Thread was founded in 2017 by Dr Cathy Fowley and Carmel Conroy who aim to encourage older people to tell their stories and to publish them as part of their legacy.

The Men's Shed book contributors wrote about their own experiences and stories that they have come across throughout the years. They began meeting in May and it took a few months to put together, but each participant really enjoyed the experience of putting the book together.

Wexford Men's Shed Coordinator Donnacha Murphy said the idea came from local man John McEvoy who is actually the man behind the Men's Shed initiative in Ireland. He put Donnacha in touch with Silver Thread who thought his idea was brilliant.

This is the first time a collection of shed stories has been written anywhere. It has been such a success up until now, that members are going to seek funding to develop the idea further and to broaden the scope for an even bigger project that would include all of the Men's Sheds in the county.

The book is available online through Silver Thread website, but hopefully be stocked in local shops and businesses in the New Year.

The nine authors that feature in the 'Stories from the Shed' book are: Tom Lohan, Tony Kerrigan, Henry Lambert, Ollie Daly, Seamus Corrigan, Tony Myers, Conor Gleeson, Padraig Manus and Donnacha Murphy.

Gorey Guardian

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