Kerry Men’s Shed Group Hits Bullseye To Win National Award

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Pictured  from left; Martin Greenwood and John Edgar from KC Men’s Shed winners of the 2017 Fishermen’s Friend Shed Series competition; Barry Sheridan, CEO Irish Men’s Shed Association and Martin Stimson, Area Business Manager for Fisherman’s Friend. Photo: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography.

A KERRY Men’s Shed group has just won a national award thanks to it’s creative entry in a competition.

At the 2017 Fisherman’s Friend Shed Series competition, held at the National Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire, KC Men’s Shed, based in Castlemaine, has been awarded the top prize, taking home the overall trophy and a cash prize for their Men’s Shed.

Following a nationwide search by Fisherman’s Friend, which asked Men’s Sheds from across Ireland to create a piece of art that best depicts what community and friendship means to them, 21 Men’s Sheds brought their creations to the Shed Series event, which took place at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire.

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KC’s Men Shed’s entry stood out above the rest due to its originality, fine craftsmanship and how it visually represented what their community in County Kerry means to members of the shed.

The piece was inspired by their Men’s Shed social community and played reference to a dart board symbolising the different segments to their Men’s Shed which is open to all men, of all abilities and backgrounds.

John Edgar a member of the wining KC Men’s Shed based in Castlemaine adds: “We are thrilled to have won the competition and it will mean so much to the Men that helped to create this piece of art within the Shed.

“Entering the Fisherman’s Friend Shed Series competition brought the members of our shed together to create a piece of work that reflects what our Shed means to us and to our local community.  It also provided members of shed with an opportunity to step up and showcase their creative skills.”

The Fisherman’s Friend Shed Series competition launched in 2016 in association with the Irish Men’s Shed Association.

For more details on this year’s event and to see the full range of artwork from Men’s Sheds across Ireland, visit Fisherman’s Friend Ireland Facebook Page at

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