Men's Shed members enjoy the fruits (and veg) of their labour
In March of this year an extensive raised vegetable garden was planted and carefully cultivated in the grounds of the Tinahely Men's' Shed in South County Wicklow and in recent days the harvest began.
The property, known locally as Town View, is a twice weekly haven of activity on Kelly's Hill, where a dozen or more retired gentlemen gather to socialise and work together on mutually agreed and innovative projects. In this case the assignment was to clear an overgrown area, matted with brambles and weeds and transform it into an oasis of productivity.
All such ventures need a manager, someone who will strive to bring about its successful conclusion. One such person is green fingered Bruce Copeland, a man with infectious enthusiasm who last weekend saw his crew harvest their crop. There were peas, potatoes, carrots and cabbage aplenty. In the garden, Bruce's centerpiece has to be the enormous yellow pumpkin, arranged in pride of place. Still in situ, it is reportedly not looking forward to Hallowe'en. The Tinahely Shed will soon be celebrating its first year in operation.
At the helm is chairman, Tony Lundberg, himself blessed with boundless energy. Tony's grand vision has overseen a property with great character, given a new lease of life, by men with plenty of character themselves. Regardless of age, background or ability the Tinahely Men's Shed is open every Tuesday and Saturday morning, for men interested in learning new skills or developing old ones. Here you will be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome.