Funding of more than €31,000 has been secured for 21 Men’s Sheds groups across Donegal.
Minister McHugh made the announcement on Monday saying that Men’s Sheds had ‘become a brilliant asset’ to the county over the last decade.
“It is fantastic to see groups up and down Donegal getting the support they deserve from Government and that the initiative of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association has got such great backing,” Minister McHugh said.
“The growth of Men’s Sheds over the last decade has been huge and the work they do on the ground is even more impressive. They have become a brilliant asset.
“This scheme is giving Men’s Sheds the funding they need to pay for tools, equipment, furniture, extension work, first aid and new machinery, among other things,” he added.
“What I hear repeatedly about the work of Men’s Sheds is that they provide an invaluable outlet for men in our communities. They create a sense of belonging. They prevent isolation. They offer a safe and inclusive space for men of all ages to pick up new skills and share their know-how.
“But alongside all that they provide vital support and services in local communities, helping with local festivals, projects, Tidy Towns and having a presence in local events. Everyone who’s involved deserves great praise and support.”
The funding will stretch right across the county, with each securing a total of €1,518 under the Community Enhancement Programme.
The full list of Men’s Sheds in Donegal to have received funding are:
- Ardara for machinery;
- Ballybofey & Stranorlar for tools, laptop and printer
- Ballyshannon for a table saw, belt and disc sander
- Carn for power tools
- Castlefinn for a bowls set
- Cloughaneely for workshop equipment
- Donegal Town for electrical equipment
- Dunfanaghy for a roof extension, canopy and tools
- Glenties for a laptop, TV and folding tables
- Killybegs for new machinery and parts
- Kilmacrennan for a heating system
- Letterkenny for a wood planer and dust extractor
- Lifford for a replacement roof
- Meenanery for machinery;
- Mevagh for workshop equipment
- Moville for CCTV
- Raphoe for equipment
- Rosbeg and Portnoo for electrical tools
- Rosses for equipment
- Scioból na bFhear to help fund a new room construction
- Seid and Oilean for tools and first aid.