Carlow Nationalist – Carlow Men’s Shed ‘walkshop’ picks up legs as new idea takes hold

Members of the County Carlow Men’s Shed head to their ‘Walkshop’ run by Carlow Sports Partnership in Duckett’s Grove. Photo: michaelorourkephotography.ie

MEMBERS of Co Carlow Men’s Sheds recently took part in the second of two great ‘walkshop’ events.

Shedders from Carlow, Tullow, Borris and Leighlinbridge, along with some blow-ins from Co Kilkenny and Laois have completed a second walkshop in Duckett’s Grove.

The events reinforced a sense of belonging, camaraderie and sociability and reminded them of the purpose of their groups. The walks were an opportunity to meet those whose trust and confidence had taken over the Covid lockdowns, and it also gave them the opportunity to attract new members to their sheds. The first walkshop took place in Altamont Gardens last month. And it is hoped that the members of the men’s hangar will continue to organize these walks in the future.

Further events are also planned for local members of the Men’s Shed with a walking and activity session with an activator pole in Carlow Town Park every Wednesday at 11am. The series of walks started last week, but people can still turn up at the Graiguecullen entrance on Wednesdays, or contact [email protected].

If you’re not already involved with your local shed, or don’t know where the nearest shed is, check out Shed Finder at www.menssheds.ie or call 01 8916150. If you are already a member, contact your fellow shedders to see if other members are interested.

This initiative is funded by Healthy Carlow in collaboration with the Irish Men’s Shed Association, Mental Health Ireland and Make Ireland work and facilitated by Carlow Sports Partnership.

Joe Dunny (center_Fit to Go) leads the members of the County Carlow Men’s Shed in a warm exercise during their ‘Walkshop’ at Duckett’s Grove. Photo: michaelorourkephotography.ie

Irene B. Bowles