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Carn Men's Shed a beacon of hope 25.09.15

MEN who lost their jobs in the construction industry in Carndonagh have made a huge success of a project set up to provide a social outlet and retraining for them.
The Menís Shed Carn project is going from strength to strength and has now become an integral part of the community in Carndonagh.
It was set up in March 2012 in response to the collapse of the building sector which left so many skilled men out of work and with time on their hands.
Over the last three and a half years, the shed has offered training courses and upskilling opportunities for men of all ages.
These included computing, health and safety training, safepass training, more practical woodworking and chainsaw courses, a boatbuilding project and are currently undertaking a pony trap restoration project.
The men have invested a lot of time and energy and have enjoyed the social aspect as well as the practical side of learning new skills.
Carndonagh Men's Shed members Conor Doherty and Brendan Roof launch the traditional Donegal curragh boat participants made several years ago. It will be one of the items auctioned at an Open Night, on Friday, October 2.
Carndonagh Men's Shed chairman Jimmy Marshbank said:
ďThe Menís Shed project has seen many men of different ages come through the doors over the last number of years, all with different needs and wants.
"The men enjoy coming together each week to learn new skills and to socialise. We have men of all ages actively involved and welcome anyone who may have an interest in joining the shed to come along."
Denise Mc Cool of Inishowen Development partnership added: ďWhen the Menís Shed project started there was a sense that the outlook in Inishowen was bleak in terms of employment opportunities and offered little of a positive nature for many. Over the last three and a half years, with support from Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP), the members have got involved in lots of different projects and many have since returned to work."
Some interesting projects have been lined up for Autumn / Winter 2015 such as furniture restoration; woodworking and pallet furniture making. There will be an Open Night on Friday, October 2 at 8.00pm in the form of an auction of the goods they have made such as toys, garden furniture and pallet furniture etc.). A handmade Donegal curragh boat made a few years ago will also go under the hammer. Anyone who would like to join the Men's Shed in Carn or find out more can call in any evening from 8.00pm -10.00pm Monday to Thursday or from 10am-5pm from Monday- Wednesdays at the Old Co-op, Moville Rd., Carndonagh.
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