Athenry Men’s Shed was established in 2016 after shed chair John Murray had read a lot about the association. He decided to have a go at setting one up in the area because there wasn’t one at the time.

John shares that he wanted “a place for people to go so that they aren’t sitting at home twiddling their thumbs”. They obtained a premises from Teagasc and now have 38 members involved. The members range from 50- to 80-years-old and are a “good mix”.