Ballaghaderreen Men’s Shed make presentation to RUH’s ACAD staff

Members of Ballaghaderreen Men’s Shed visited Roscommon University Hospital on Tuesday evening where they presented a plaque to staff at the Ambulatory Care and Diagnostic Centre (ACAD) in acknowledgement of their wonderful work.

The plaque was created by Willie Creighton, a Master Woodturner and past President of the Irish Woodturners Guild from Co. Mayo. The piece was crafted from wood harvested in the Fitzgerald Estate close to the National Museum in Turlough, originating from a tree which was several hundred years old.

Willie and members of the Men’s Shed presented the plaque to Director of Nursing Ursula Morgan.

Speaking after the event, Ballaghaderreen Men’s Shed PRO Pat Towey said: “Consultant Plastic Surgeon Deirdre Jones and her team are very well respected in this field, and it’s a testament to their professionalism that the ACAD Department is a busy place providing care and kindness to patients who attend for day procedures. It would be remiss of us not to acknowledge the wonderful facilities provided by the staff and management of Roscommon University Hospital.

“When you attend as a patient there is always, a warm welcome, a friendly face and a thorough medical examination. We wish to also commend Ann Marie Murphy of the HSE. Her support for our shed over the last five years is very much appreciated. She is our guiding light in health and wellbeing matters”.

Ballaghaderreen Men’s Shed was established in 2017 and is a local hub for men of all ages. Membership has grown in recent years and the Shed has become a hive of activity, accommodating men from three different counties.

Mr. Towey continued: “For whatever reason, there is a general census that men will provide the best care for their animals or farm machinery but are very casual with their health. As we progress in life, our wellbeing needs attention, our mind, body and in this instance our skin.

“We were delighted to host an evening recently with Nurse Bernie Finneran. Her knowledge, expertise, and her presentation were excellent and it really woke us up in terms of addressing skin conditions that previously were left unattended.

“Bernie very kindly spoke with some of the group in private afterwards. I wish to stress the importance of inviting health professionals into groups like ours. There is so much stigma associated with some illnesses that vulnerable men choose to live with a problem rather than seek medical assistance. A shed visit may just save a man’s life”.

The PRO concluded that such programmes delivered within Men’s Sheds

Such program’s delivered within a shed are essential and aid members’ wellbeing and self-esteem.