Welcome to Carrickfergus Men's Shed

A "Men's Shed" is just a larger version of the typical man's shed in the garden, a place to feel at home and pursue practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men's Shed offers this to its members where they can share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue.

Men's Sheds are places of skill, sharing and informal learning; of individual pursuits and community projects; of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A Men's Shed is a place of leisure where men come together to work on individual or joint projects, or simply to chat over a hot drink and biscuits.

The essence of a Men's Shed is not a building, (which some groups don't have), but the network of friendships between the members. We have a small but growing membership which covers all levels of skills and is keen to pass on knowledge to the less experienced in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

Our shed is open to all men over the age of 18. We are a 'not for profit' organisation run by the members for the members to further friendships while engaging in practical activities.

We are very nice. Honestly we are and we would love to meet you.

Our shed started with just 4 or 5 men. They sought and received permission to meet after 7:00pm in Sainsbury's Cafe. That was in September 2016. They subsequently moved to our current location at Carrickfergus Community Forum and the numbers began to grow.

"For two years I felt unable to go out on my own, then the hospital refered me to this Men's Shed. A nurse brought me the first time. After a few weeks I was taken to visit another shed. Now I have the confidence to go out on my own. I am proud to be a member of this shed."

Alex Hartley

Where We Meet

At Present

We are hosted by the Community Support Project, Community Forum and meet in their premises at 31 Lancasterian Street, Carrickfergus.

We meet Thursday 10:00 to 12:00

This is an informal time to chat over a hot drink and biscuits. The craic is good and men over the age of 18 years are most welcome.

In the Future

We intend to offer facilities for arts and crafts projects and eventually set up a workshop for those interested in woodwork. To that end We are actively looking for a more permanent venue.

Management Committee

01 June 2017

Fred Berry
David Meek
Ian Mahood

Bert McMullan
Chris Barnes
Projects Manager.
Robert Lee
Allotment Manager.
Colin Spence
Assistant Allotment Manager.

Irish Men's Shed Association

Carrickfergus Men's Shed joined IMSA
in February 2017

The Irish Men's Sheds Association was formed in January 2011 to "support the development of the burgeoning Men's Sheds movement throughout the island of Ireland." It is already No.1 in the world, having more sheds per head of population than any other country.

Visit our Blog to read a short report of the IMSA Cluster Meeting for sheds in Antrim/Down/Armagh held on 25 May 2017"

Visit IMSA for lots more information including an excellent "Find A Shed" map.