June 16, 2024

Women’s Sheds in Kilkenny given funding for the first time

Funding of €11,780 been allocated to Men’s and Women’s Sheds across Kilkenny city and county.

The announcement was made by Junior Minister and Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan today.

Under the funding Graignamanagh will get €2,500 towards an indoor bowls area, while Castlecomer has been granted €880 for workshop equipment, a dust extractor and other works. Callan will receive €650 for new windows and security.

Some €3,500 has been earmarked for works in Kilkenny city to provide for re-shelving, storage cabinets and additional equipment purchase.

Thomastown Men’s Shed has been allocated €2,900 to help fund fire safety works, while Mooncoin has been granted €1,350 to allow members to purchase a storage container to give them the extra working space.

Minister Phelan said: “My colleague Minister Michael Ring, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today confirmed that 372 Men’s and Women’s Sheds have been allocated a total of €500,000 from his Department in order to support the important community work done by these groups.

“This funding will support these excellent local projects in the contribution they make to our local area. This capital funding will enable individual Men’s & Women’s Sheds to purchase equipment or to carry out minor works to improve their premises through the provision of small grants.”

Minister Phelan (pictured below with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar) added: “I am delighted to see that Women’s Sheds have also received funding from the Government for the first times. I hope the number of Women’s Sheds continues to grow in the coming years.

“Men’s and Women’s sheds have become a vital element in the fabric of our communities and have done so much to tackle social isolation.”


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