official opening of men’s shed heralds important new facility for galbally

Charlie MCCarthy,Dave Richardson,Joe Moran,Willie O’Brien & Cllr Eddie Ryan
Official Opening Galbally Mens Shed
Photo by John Mortell

A previously semi derelict dressing room block at the local community centre has been restored and enjoyed its official opening as the new Galbally Men’s Shed on Sunday last.
The idea was first mooted by Galbally Community Council member Joe Moran and he was duly on hand to cut the tape and perform the official opening on Sunday.

Warm welcome
The new facility was afforded a warm welcome by community council chairman, Charlie McCarthy who said that Joe grabbed the project ‘by the scruff of the neck’ and ran with it.
The originator of the idea for a local Men’s Shed, Joe Moran, husband of local GP, Dr Una Ni Rathaille, was himself hopeful that the facility would, with a bit of effort, now take off and become a useful amenity for the local community.
Joe said that the Men’s Shed is open to anyone with time on their hands and anxious to learn new skills or just meet up for a cuppa and a chat.
Deflecting any praise, he commended the tremendous work carried out by Davey Richardson, William O’Brien and CE Scheme members and referred also to a grant of €3,500 from the JP McManus Benevolent Fund, which helped set the project on its way.

First meeting
Cllr Eddie Ryan was effusive in his praise for the new facility
and its promoters and referred to the fact that that there was now a ‘lot going on in the community’, in collaboration with the local authority and under the umbrella of Galbally Community Council.
The large attendance then adjourned to view the Men’s Shed and enjoy some tea and buns provided by the hard working ladies committee.
The first meeting of the Galbally Men’s Shed took place on Tuesday last.