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29/10/19 Donegal Men's Shed Showcase 2019

Mens Shed group

Pictured are Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council Cllr Nicholas Crossan, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Barry Sheridan, CEO Irish Men’s Sheds Association, Donegal County Council Staff, elected members and members of the Men's Sheds groups from around Donegal.


Men’s Sheds groups from all over Donegal gathered in the CPI in Castlefin on Wednesday last (23 October) to showcase the wonderful upcycled pieces from their groups. The showcase was part of Reuse Month which runs for the month of October each year.


“Men’s Sheds have been to the fore over the last number of years in reusing materials and upcycling products” says Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer with Donegal County Council “and we were delighted to join forces with the Men’s Sheds again this year to help raise awareness during Reuse Month on how everyone can do a bit more for the environment by reusing products and materials”.


The showcase was a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about how you can reuse products and what we can all do at home, at work and at play to manage our waste better. 


Mens Shed Official

Pictured at the Mens Shed Showcase were - Barry Sheridan, CEO Irish Men’s Sheds Association, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council, Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer, Donegal County Council, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Nicholas Crossan, Eva Beirne, Irish Men’s Sheds Association and Kathleen Bonner, Manager, Finn Valley Men’s Shed Project 


Donating, refurbishing and repairing items are all forms of reuse and offer people a chance to save or make money, get creative, learn a new skill and be environmentally conscious. 


“For instance, getting shoes resoled rather than replacing them, or borrowing books from the library all go a long way in cutting down waste and greenhouse gas emissions and we are asking everyone to go further in October and beyond by prioritising repair, buying second hand and upcycled, borrowing, swapping and refilling” explains Suzanne.


“The Donegal Men's Shed Showcase was a great event and opportunity for anyone who might be interested in finding out more about Men’s Sheds, what they do and how to get more involved” says Kathleen Bonner, Donegal Men’s Shed Co-ordinator. 


Mens Shed Upcycling

Pictured with the winner of the Upcyle Challenge 2019 at the Mens Sheds Showcase are L-R: Kathleen Bonner, Manager Finn Valley Men's Project, Cathaoirleach Cllr Nicholas Crossan, Raymond McBride, (Winner) Kilmacrennan Mens Shed, Bryan Cannon, Senior Engineer Environment Service Donegal County Council, & Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer, Donegal County Council.


The Men’s Sheds Upcycling challenge was won by Raymond McBride from the Kilmacrennan Men's Shed Group for the candy cart that he made.


This event was supported by the Irish Men's Shed Association and Barry Sheridan CEO of the Irish Men's Shed Association was in attendance.


This is one of a number of initiatives taking place during Reuse Month and other initiatives include the School Bikes Africa Campaign where old or unused bicycles can be dropped off at any of the six Donegal County Council/Bryson Recycling Centres in Dungloe, Carndonagh, Letterkenny, Milford, Stranorlar and Laghey or at any Men’s Shed in Donegal.


For more tips on how you can reuse more at home, work and play visit

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