Premise Closed for Renovations

The Cumann na bhFear premise in the Sandy Road Business Park is closed for major renovations until further notice.  
We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our many members, supporters and visitors. But the necessary works being undertaken will benefit everyone involved in this vibrant Men's Shed.  
However until the premise is reopened, we are pleased to announce that woodturning classes are taking place for our members every Tuesday evening offsite in an alternative venue. If you are interested in taking part and have not already done so, please contact the Cumann chairperson at  felicity.gillespie@gmail.com

INTRODUCTION

The Cumann na bhFear volunteer group is modeled on the Australian Men’s Shed movement with the addition of female members and a strong community, social inclusion and heritage ethos in recognition of the interests of the membership.
The primary role of the group is to encourage retired, working and unemployed men and women of all ages to help each other develop, learn and/or teach skills and crafts that can benefit themselves and the wider community. There is a focus on the provision of practical skills whose existence was endangered by a modern society where the ability to make or repair everyday items was been devalued. Hence the members provide courses and workshops on traditional Irish heritage crafts such as woodturning, woodcarving, basket making, blacksmithing, drystone walling, beekeeping as well as other areas of benefit including cycle maintenance, electronics, soldering, panel beating, metal fabrication and furniture restoration.

Cumann na bhFear has developed close working and heritage links to the Ballinfoile Mór Community Organic Garden and the Terryland Forest Park project.


Premises
The premises of Cumann na bhFear is a two storey building consisting of a metal & fabrication workshop; a carpentry workshop; a meeting/classroom; a kitchen; a toilet and an office.


Key Guiding Principles
                                                                                  
  Skills sharing:
To encourage co-operative learning, mentoring and vocational skills development.

Social Heritage:
To preserve and promote traditional Irish crafts and skills through a series of projects and educational courses.

Natural Heritage:
To undertake environmental enhancement projects that will help protect biodiversity and increase public awareness of the importance of indigenous flora and fauna.

Sustainability:
To promote recycling, repair and restoration.

Community:
To help men to contribute to local communities and through the group’s endeavours to support local residents of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to work together in improving the quality of life of a neighbourhood; to take individual and collective responsibility for endeavouring to fulfill this vision.

Individual Respect:                                               
To respect fellow members by being at all times helpful; supportive; and by not using foul, racist, inflammatory, abusive, insulting or derogatory language towards others. 
Partnership:
To recognise and develop the special working relationship that the group has with two neighbourhood projects, namely the Ballinfoile Mór Community Organic Garden and Terryland Forest Park.

Social Inclusion:
To honour commitments to various agencies with
regards to the delivery of programmes:
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  • HSE Health Promotions: Promote positive mental health and camaraderie among members especially those who are vulnerable or isolated.
  • CGVEC: Deliver a range of community education courses and encourage learning and skills acquisition among members.
  • Galway City Partnership: Promote social inclusion and equality as values within our community.
  • Galway City Council: Members acknowledge the significant contribution that City Council has made in the provision of a leased premises in the Sandy Road Business Park. Members guarantee the shed is run in a manner that is transparent and fair with respect for one another.