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Cork Men’s Shed

C/O 25 Gateway View, Dublin 11, D11 P207

A ‘men’s shed‘ is a community-based project, where men can come together to learn, share skills and make long-lasting friendships together. All sheds are independent and self-autonomous, and the range of activities carried out by sheds differ from the next. Most sheds engage in activities such as woodwork, gardening, carpentry, and community work. However, there are more special interests sheds that focus on things like music, fishing, and restoration work.

Please see our full list of men’s sheds in Cork:

Ballinora Men’s ShedMidleton Mens ShedCarraig na bhFear Men’s ShedKnocknaheeny/ Hollyhill Men’s ShedThe Busy Brigade Men’s ShedMacroom Mens Shed | Spangle Hill Men’s ShedPassage West Men’s ShedKinsale Men’s ShedShandon Men’s ShedGlen, Ballyvolane & Dublin Hill Men’s ShedHeadway Cork Men’s ShedMayfield Men’s Shed | Cobh Mens ShedDouglas / Frankfield Men’s ShedOwenabue Men’s ShedGlounthaune Men’s ShedBishopstown Men’s ShedFermoy Men’s ShedGlanmire Men’s ShedBlarney Men’s ShedBothán Chleire Men’s ShedBallincollig Men’s ShedCharleville Men’s ShedShandon has music Men’s ShedBallyphehane Men’s ShedSkibbereen Men’s ShedMeitheal Mara Men’s ShedYoughal Men’s ShedAllihies Men’s ShedKanturk Men’s ShedCloyne Men’s ShedLe Cheile Mallow Men’s ShedCarrigaline Men’s ShedCarrigtwohill Men’s ShedMillstreet Men’s Shed

Irish Country Women’s Association

Irish Countrywomen Association Hall, Church Rd, Douglas, Cork

The ICA is the largest women’s association in Ireland, with circa 8,000 members and over 440 Guilds across the Country. We cook, travel, craft, and socialise! The aim of the ICA is to provide a welcoming and fun organisation that offers support, friendship, personal development, education and live long learning.

The ICA has various guilds in Cork so contact them to find out where your nearest guild is. 

Arthritis Ireland Cork Branch

1 Clanwilliam Square, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2, D02 DH77

We seek to ensure that every person living with arthritis in Ireland is supported to live a full and active life, having access to appropriate health services and treatments. We work to ensure an enhanced quality of life for people living with arthritis, minimising the devastating effects that arthritis can have on lives.

Active Retirement Groups

Head Office: The Capel Buildings, St Marys Abbey, Dublin

Alone Dublin

Olympic House, Pleasants Street, Dublin 8

ALONE provides Housing with Support, Support Coordination, Befriending, BConnect training and technology, and Campaigns for Change to hundreds of older people every week, who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis.

Men’s Sheds in Dublin

Head Office: 2nd Floor, Irish Farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin 12, D12 YXW5

A ‘men’s shed‘ is a community-based project, where men can come together to learn, share skills and make long-lasting friendships together. All sheds are independent and self-autonomous, and the range of activities carried out by sheds differ from the next. Most sheds engage in activities such as woodwork, gardening, carpentry, and community work. However, there are more special interests sheds that focus on things like music, fishing, and restoration work.

Please see our full list of men’s sheds in Dublin:

Raheny | Skelly’s Lane | Pitstop Krew SC Men’s Shed | Raytown | Rathcoole | Baldoyle | Dundrum | Bluebell | Rathmines | Fairview/Marino | Orwell | Templeogue | Inchicore | Killester | Knocklyon | Coolock | Palmerstown | Clondalkin | Liberties | Loughlinstown & Ballybrack | Fingal | Priorswood | Portland Row | Artane | Donaghmede | Swords | Glencullen | Skerries | Firhouse | Plunketts | Donabate & Portrane | Ballyloan | East Wall | Dublin 12 | Finglas | Tallaght | Brookview & Fettercairn | Phibsborough | Blackrock | Ballinteer | Cabra | Ballyfermot | Rush | Slade Valley | Ayrfield | Beaumont | Mulhuddart | Lucan | Portmarnock | Ballyboughal | Terenure | Ballymun | Balbriggan | Crumlin | Clondalkin | Newcastle | St. Judes | Headway Blackhall Green | Dun Laoghaire | Morning Star Hostel | Rialto | Sandyford | Deaf Men’s Shed Cabra

Active Retirement Groups

Head Office: The Capel Buildings, St Marys Abbey, Dublin

Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) is a voluntary organisation for older people with a national membership of over 24,500 people and over 550 local associations. Members range in age from 50 -100+ years and cover a range of socio-economic backgrounds. As an organisation, ARI believes that all older people are equal and are entitled to be treated with respect. Older people all have different interests and needs, which ARI aims to identify and fulfil.

Active retirement groups in Dublin: 

Balbriggan | Baldoyle | Balscadden Herrings | Blackrock & Monkstown | Dominics Lady’s Crochet | Dun Laoghaire | Esker | Howth & District | Kill O’ the Grange | Ladies Social Group, Newcastle | Lucan | Malahide | Portmarnock Bowling Club | R.A.M.S. A.R.A. Newcastle | Rathcoole | Skerries | Stillorgan & Kilmacud

Friends of the Elderly

25 Bolton Street, Dublin 1

Friends of the Elderly works hard to provide a wide range of social programmes for older people who would benefit from a friendly chat or a social outing. With the help of our many dedicated volunteers and donors, we provide companionship, support, social engagement, inter-generational activities, and community-based services.

Age and Opportunity

St. Patricks Hall, Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9, D09 KP46

We work with a multitude of public and private partners such as government departments, local authorities, health services, universities, community groups, arts and culture organisations and local sports groups to provide opportunities for older people to be more active; more visible; more creative; more connected; more often.

Ability West

 Blackrock House, Salthill, Galway, H91 R254

Ability West has been providing services and supports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities and comorbidities for 59 years. Over 600 children and adults avail of our services and supports in 13 geographic locations with 62 centres located across Galway City and County. 

Click here to view the locations

Age Action

3 St Francis Street, Galway, H91 XF1P

Age Action is Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people and ageing. As well as informing and influencing policy we provide practical programmes to support older people to age in place and combat digital exclusion through our Care and Repair, Getting Started and Information Service. 

Bohermore Senior Citizens Group

Cookes Terrace, Bohermore, Co. Galway

The Senior citizens group was established in 2002 with the help of Anna Killeen and Bridget McPhilbin, to give the more mature residents of the Bohermore Area a place to meet and socialise once a week.

They meet on a Friday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm. The group has 10 regular members who actively participate in regular group outings and weekends away throughout the year. The group enjoys their Friday sessions with a game of bingo, a space to meet and chat, continue to build friendships as well as share information on health and welfare, and keep informed of upcoming events.

Men’s Sheds in Galway

C/O 25 Gateway View, Dublin 11, D11 P207

    A ‘men’s shed‘ is a community-based project, where men can come together to learn, share skills and make long-lasting friendships together. All sheds are independent and self-autonomous, and the range of activities carried out by sheds differ from the next. Most sheds engage in activities such as woodwork, gardening, carpentry, and community work. However, there are more special interests sheds that focus on things like music, fishing, and restoration work.

    Please see our full list of men’s sheds in Galway:

    Roscam & Doughiska | Athenry | Portumna | Loughrea | Headford/Solas | Shantalla | Lackagh | Seid na bhFear Dhuiche Sheoigheach | Ballygar | Salthill | Ballybane | Dunmore | Croi na Gaillimhe | Kinvara | An Seid Cumann na bhFear | Clarenbridge | Ballinasloe | Gort | Cró na bhFear Maighcuilinn | Oranmore | Tuam | Oughterard

    Active Retirement Galway

    Bridge Club, St Mary’s Road, Galway

      Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) is a voluntary organisation for older people with a national membership of over 24,500 people and over 550 local associations. Members range in age from 50 -100+ years and cover a range of socio-economic backgrounds. As an organisation, ARI believes that all older people are equal and are entitled to be treated with respect. Older people all have different interests and needs, which ARI aims to identify and fulfil.

      Active retirement groups in Galway: 

      Activity & Social Group | Athenry | Aughrim | Ballinasloe | Ballymoe & District | Barna/Furbo | Bushy Park | Castlegar | Claregalway/Carnmore | Clifden | Corofin Bowls Group | Craughwell/Ballymana | Doughiska, Roscam, Ardawn | Duniry & District | Dunmore | Eyrecourt Meelick Clonfert | Galway City Centre | Gort | Killimor | Kinvara | Knocknacarra | Loughrea Activity Association | Menlough & District | Mervue | Mountbellew | Moycullen Activities & Social Group | Newcastle (Galway City) | Oughterard | Portumna & District | Renmore  | Salthill Galway | Tuam | Turloughmore Bowling Club

      PROBUS Limerick

      District Probus Liaison Officer (South)

      Retirement can come too early for many people who want and are able to remain active. Probus clubs are organizations for men and women who have retired from their profession or business and want to maintain a social network with others who have similar interests. The club meets at least once a month for fellowship and to hear guest speakers.

      Bobby Byrnes, O’Connell Avenue | Brownes Lounge, Parteen | Plassey House, University of Limerick | Greenhills Hotel | Oakwood Arms Hotel | South Court Hotel | Strand Hotel | Woodfield House Hotel

      Irish Country Women’s Association

      Irish Countrywomen Association Hall, Church Rd, Douglas, Cork

      Limerick Federation of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association was formed in 1944. However, Limerick has been associated with ICA since the organisation was founded in 1910 and known originally as the United Irishwomen. Early minute books record that ‘Limerick women were among the earliest members of the United Irishwomen and list the names of Miss Smith -O’Brien, Ardagh, Miss Spring-Rice, Foynes, Mrs Cleary and Miss Gaffney, Kilmallock, Miss Hunt and Miss Bennett, Bruff and Miss Barrington, Murroe’.

      The ICA has various guilds in Limerick so contact them to find out where your nearest guild is.

      Limerick Men’s Shed

      C/O 25 Gateway View, Dublin 11, D11 P207

        A ‘men’s shed‘ is a community-based project, where men can come together to learn, share skills and make long-lasting friendships together. All sheds are independent and self-autonomous, and the range of activities carried out by sheds differ from the next. Most sheds engage in activities such as woodwork, gardening, carpentry, and community work. However, there are more special interests sheds that focus on things like music, fishing, and restoration work.

        Please see our full list of men’s sheds in Limerick:

        Garryowen Men’s Shed | Headway Limerick Men’s Shed | Herbertstown and District Men’s Shed | Limerick City Build Men’s Shed | Total Familes Limerick Men’s Shed | Mulcair Men’s Shed | Abbeyfeale Men’s Shed | Glin Mens Shed | Caherdavin & District Mens Shed | Kilmallock Men’s Shed | Adare Men’s Shed | LMHA Men’s Shed | Doon & District Men’s Shed | Newcastle West Men’s Shed | Galbally Men’s Shed | Dooradoyle Raheen Men’s Shed | Our Lady of Lourdes Men’s Shed | Croom FRC Men’s Shed | IWA Men’s Shed | St Mary’s Parish Men’s Shed | Northside FRC Men’s Shed | Bruff Men’s Shed | St Patricks Men’s Shed | Southhill Men’s Shed

        Active Retirement Groups

        Head Office: The Capel Buildings, St Marys Abbey, Dublin

        Active Retirement Groups Waterford

        Head Office: The Capel Buildings, St Marys Abbey, Dublin

          Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) is a voluntary organisation for older people with a national membership of over 24,500 people and over 550 local associations. Members range in age from 50 -100+ years and cover a range of socio-economic backgrounds. As an organisation, ARI believes that all older people are equal and are entitled to be treated with respect. Older people all have different interests and needs, which ARI aims to identify and fulfil.

          Active retirement groups in Waterford: 

          Cappoquin | Cheekpoint & Faithlegg | Cnoc Bui | Comeragh | Deise | Dolmen | Dungarvan & District | Edmund Rice | Gaultier | Sacred Heart | Slievekeale | St. Pauls and District Men’s | Suir | Tay & Mahon Valley | Tramore | W.O.W (Women of Wonder)

          Irish Country Women’s Association

          Headquarters: 58 Merrion Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, D04 W448

          Waterford federation is active and interacts with Guilds on a regular basis and well represented by Guilds right across the County from Dunmore East to Tramore and on to Ardmore at the opposite end.

          Our members’ interests are diverse and this creates opportunities for potential members to find something of interest to them. We have Guilds interested in Arts, whether as a spectator at shows, dramas etc. or taking part in painting and sketching, photography or floral arranging. Some Guilds are into singing for pleasure, set dancing or amateur dramatics. Some of our members are very interested in crafts. Waterford ICA are proud to be involved in the preservation of traditional handcrafts, many of which would no longer exist if it were not for our craft teachers, past and present, who continue to promote them in classes both in the County and at An Grianán.

          We have many County craft days where some members come along to learn a particular craft and others bring an on-going project to get some work done in a friendly welcoming atmosphere.

          The ICA has various guilds in Waterford, so contact them to find out where your nearest guild is.

          Waterford Men’s Shed

          C/O 25 Gateway View, Dublin 11, D11 P207

            A ‘men’s shed‘ is a community-based project, where men can come together to learn, share skills and make long-lasting friendships together. All sheds are independent and self-autonomous, and the range of activities carried out by sheds differ from the next. Most sheds engage in activities such as woodwork, gardening, carpentry, and community work. However, there are more special interests sheds that focus on things like music, fishing, and restoration work.

            Please see our full list of men’s sheds in Waterford:

            Lios Mor Mochuda Men’s Shed | Waterford Men’s Shed | Deise Mens Shed | Kilbarry Men’s Shed | Shedworx Men’s Shed | Portlaw Men’s Shed | Dungarvan Men’s Shed | New Community Men’s Shed | Waterford Estuary Men’s Shed

            Déise Women’s Shed

            Dungarvan Sports Centre, 4 Quay St, Ringnasilloge, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, X35 DP74

            The Deise Women’s Shed are a community group based in Dungarvan. Our mission is to provide a forum where women can come together regularly to share skills, have a chat and socialise with other members. We also engage with community programmes and activities. 

            Active Retirement Groups Kilkenny

            Head Office: The Capel Buildings, St Marys Abbey, Dublin

              Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) is a voluntary organisation for older people with a national membership of over 24,500 people and over 550 local associations. Members range in age from 50 -100+ years and cover a range of socio-economic backgrounds. As an organisation, ARI believes that all older people are equal and are entitled to be treated with respect. Older people all have different interests and needs, which ARI aims to identify and fulfil.

              Active retirement groups in Waterford: 

              Ballyfoyle & District | Ballyragget | Callan & District | Castlecomer | Freshford | Going Strong Danesfort | Graignamanagh | Johnstown & District | Johnswell & District | Kilkenny | Kilmacow | Mullinavat | Pal Club Kilmanagh | Slieverue | St. Mullins & District | Stoneyford | Thomastown & District | Urlingford Thursday

              Irish Country Women’s Association

              Headquarters: 58 Merrion Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, D04 W448

              County Kilkenny federation of ICA has several hundred members in 18 guilds, with an ethos based on friendship with women and further education. Handcrafts, computers, and all of the old traditional Irish crafts are our main activities. Classes in computers, digital cameras, handcrafts, gardening, flower arranging, swimming, and physical fitness may also be available. Visits to An Grianán in Co Louth, ICA’s Adult Education College, are arranged. Members go on weekend trips and there is an annual international trip. There is a hand-craft week in March every year. Meetings are held once a month. Some guilds hold craft nights weekly.

              Guilds in Co Kilkenny include Ballyouskill, Ballyragget, Callan, Clara, Clough, Crannagh, Glenmore, Graine, Hugginstown, Kilkenny City, Kilmacow, Owning, Sevenhouses, Templeorum, Thomastown, Tory Hill, Urlingford, Windgap.

              Kilkenny’s Men’s Shed

              C/O 25 Gateway View, Dublin 11, D11 P207

                A ‘men’s shed‘ is a community-based project, where men can come together to learn, share skills and make long-lasting friendships together. All sheds are independent and self-autonomous, and the range of activities carried out by sheds differ from the next. Most sheds engage in activities such as woodwork, gardening, carpentry, and community work. However, there are more special interests sheds that focus on things like music, fishing, and restoration work.

                Please see our full list of men’s sheds in Kilkenny:

                Castlecomer & District Men’s Shed | Kilkenny Men’s Shed | Callan Men’s Shed | Fen Mens Shed | D.G.K Men’s Shed | Graiguenamanagh Men’s Shed | Ferrybank Men’s Shed | Thomastown Men’s Shed | Mooncoin Men’s Shed

                Kilkenny Age Friendly County Programme

                42 Parliament Street, Kilkenny

                Founded in 2010 as part of the World Health Organisations network of Age Friendly Cities and counties. Its Vision is that Kilkenny City and County will be a great place to grow old in, enjoyed and appreciated by everyone. Kilkenny will be a county that enables its people to age with security, dignity, and the capacity to participate as citizens to their fullest potential. The Age Friendly Programme involves a multi-agency, multi-sectoral approach to age-related planning and service provision through the Age Friendly Alliance Committee.  The Alliance aims to address the expressed concerns of older people within Kilkenny City and County.