Friends around the table at Tuam Men's Shed. Photo: Ray Ryan

Over a cuppa and a chisel, strong bonds are formed

STEAMING cups of tea and the constant hum of chatter give a good indication of the camaraderie at play in one of north Galway’s most vital community organisations; Tuam Men's Shed.

The downtime is a stark contrast to the industry at play in the adjoining workshop where skilled and more amateur personnel produce a host of garden furniture and wood turned crafts. Yet the two speeds of life in the Shed complement each other perfectly.

While the group has weathered the storm of Covid over the past two years, some members are still reluctant to come back to the Dublin Road centre. Others have passed away, with four members mourned by their Shed friends over the past six months alone; Martin Douglas, PJ Higgins, Frank Hession, and Pat Martin, who was laid to rest last week.

Dwindling numbers are a concern for those still active in the group, which number 20 at the moment and an open day to be held this weekend is aimed at showing the public what the Men's Shed is all about.

Read the full feature in this week's edition of The Tuam Herald, on sale in shops and online here