History of the Ballaghaderren's Men's Shed
Getting to know the neighbours.
Following a meeting in Newry Co Down where sheds from all over the island of Ireland were represented we had the pleassure of having good chemistry with Portadown Mens shed.
There was a family connection with a local lady residing in Portadown, and this little bit Of information instantly made a positive connection .
On March 16th 2018, a group of 12 travelled south and were greeted in Ballaghaderreen with open hearts. The evening was most enjoyable and following a tour of the town and a visit to some local establishments, we enjoyed a memorable eveing in the shed with delicious food, folklore, and stories long into the night.
For these lovely men from the North, they were truely in awe of the warm welcome they received. As was mentioned many times to them , a shed environment is non judgemental, and we are all members of sheds at the end of the day, standing shoulder to shoulder.
Martin Sharkey on behalf of our shed made a presentation of a beautifully inscribed Wooden Fountain Pen to Gerry Hamill from Portadown.
Impact of COVID-19
At the start of COVID
Before Covid 19 the upstairs room was a hive of activity every Tuesday night from 8 to 10 p.m. Christy McCann would always finish the evening getting the men to join in a sing song. Covid 19 brought all activities to a sudden halt.
The men kept in contact with the use of What’s app and other social media sites. Phone calls were made regularly and videos, jokes, puzzles etc. were shared regularly on the Shed’s What’s app group.
Unfortunately not all members were using smart phones and there is no doubt that this period greatly affected some Shed Members.
Some Shed Members were active in the making of a film called ‘Reaching Out’ to reach out to all members of sheds in Ireland and all over the world. The film was made during a very difficult time for our shedders.
Social distancing was adhered to at all times. We are now meeting outside in various local areas around Ballaghaderreen. As well as a brisk walk we are learning the local history of the various townlands of the area.
Our catchment area covers the three counties of Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo which encourages lively banter on the merits etc. of each county and their respective football teams.