Eleven men from the Edenderry Men’s Shed were recently awarded their certificates for Cardiac First Response Community training which they all completed and passed last year.   The award was supported by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council and the Irish Red Cross which has a local branch in Edenderry.  The men were delighted with their training and in fact two went on to do further training with the Red Cross.  

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The trained First Responders are: Pat Heffernan, Pat Farrell, Ian Braddock, Charles Talbot, Michael Mallen, Gerard Raleigh, Oliver Murphy, Michael Clancy, Dick Glennon, Gerry Coyle & Ian Cronin.  

The Shed was established in 2014 and has a membership of 35 men, operating 2 days a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Supported by Offaly Local Development Worker, Nick Foley, the men are planning to undertake further training in furniture restoration during the year with help from the Laois/Offaly Education & Training Board and have also looked into receiving input on men’s health issues.  It is hoped that they will become another team of First Responders and receive a defibrillator for their Shed site.  

The Shed is open to receive visitors and they are always ready to help restore furniture or boats, build or repair garden furniture and undertake many creative tasks.  Look in some time you are passing!

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