Irish Country Living caught up with John Higgins of Castlepollard Men’s Shed in Co Westmeath. The group prides itself on reintroducing men to the local community.

John said: “Fx ive local men got together and decided to set up the shed back in 2016, with help from Westmeath County Council, the HSE and National Lottery funding. Initially getting a premises was a problem, but fortunately local man Eugene O’Neill was able to give us a shed.” As the number of members grew the men needed to upscale, which was made possible by the kind donation of the Old Castlepollard Primary School to the group by the county council in 2017.