The Minister for Health Simon Harris visited the Men’s Shed centre at Seatown Dundalk after his tour of the Louth County Hospital on Monday.
Among those he met were Eva Beirne Cooperation Manager of The Mens Shed Ireland, Minister for Health Simon Harris and Brian Byrne chairman of the Seatown Men's Shed.
The minister toured the workdshops, and the art unit and met many of the members.
The Men’s Shed unit was set up by the Netwell Centre based at DkIT.
When Netwell was established Pat and Ann went to Holland to see a care model in operation and when they returned to Dundalk they set up a model that suited local needs.
They identified gaps in services, and social needs in particular, and then set up groups under the Netwell umbrella that that would connect older people.
And they have succeeded. For the past nine years, older people in Louth have had the opportunity to network well including the Men’s Shed centre.
A Men’s Shed is a dedicated, friendly and welcoming meeting place where men come together and undertake a variety of mutually agreed activities.
Men’s Sheds are open to all men regardless of age, background or ability. It is a place where you can share your skills and knowledge with others, learn new skills and develop your old skills.
New members are always welcome and can be assured that there is something of interest for everyone as the men have ownership of their Shed and projects and decide their own program of events.
The Men’s Shed group in Dundalk has also joined forces with the men’s group in Good Morning Ireland, free telephone service for older people that offers personal daily contact to ensure people are safe and well in their home.
These groups hold health and exercise classes. They are addressed by guest speakers: health professionals, garda officers.
They also have day trips - they have visited Aras an Uachtarain, Belfast etc.
For information on Dundalk Men’s Shed contact Pat Kerins 042-9370361 or 087-9369936.