Car wash fundraiser for local Mens Shed group

Ballyleague-Lanesboro Mens Shed Secretary Chris Forde surveying the good work done in the new garden so far.

Ballyleague-Lanesboro Mens Shed Secretary Chris Forde surveying the good work done in the new garden so far.

A new Mens Shed group, set up in the Ballyleague-Lanesboro area will be taking out the sponges and brushes to wash cars and raise some much-needed funds this Easter.

The group’s main focus so far is on the establishment of a new community garden in the area, and this weekend, they hope to raise enough money to finish the project.

The Mens Shed organisation was set up nationwide to advance the health and wellbeing of men - especially in rural areas - and to provide a safe and happy environment where skilled and unskilled men can pursue hobbies, pastimes and interests on a completely voluntary basis.

So far 14 men from the local area have joined the club which is working closely with the EDI Centre, Longford, the Galway-Roscommon Education and Training Board and the Roscommon Integrated Development Company in setting up training initiatives.

Recently, the Mens Shed erected their first polytunnel at the shed in Ballyleague and this week the plough will move in to help get the wheels in motion for the community garden project. Thanks to the GRETB, a gardening tutor has been appointed to help the lads in the new garden

To help raise funds for insurance and materials in the new garden the members of the Ballyleague-Lanesboro area Mens Shed will host an Easter car wash fundraiser at the Top Filling Station in Ballyleague. All of the funds raised from this ‘Splash and Dash’ - taking place all day Good Friday, April 18 and all day Saturday, April 19 - will go to the community garden project and any support would be very welcome.

The Mens Shed group wish to thank Joe and Martina Cribbin, Daybreak and Top Filling station for the kind use of their car wash on the Strokestown Road junction for the two days. We are reliably informed that Mr and Mrs M&M - the popular chocolate button mascots - will also make an appearance over the two days with free sweets for all those coming in.

For more information on how to join the Mens Shed group or donate to the garden project, please contact Joe Cribbin or email




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