This is Francis Nesbitt’s bright idea for Kilkenny.

Turning waste wood into warm fellowship


The recently established Men’s Shed in Thomastown would like to build an enterprise that all members can contribute to and which will support the Shed’s goals.

The Shed would like to purchase an electric Log Splitter and a Kindling Machine which we will use to turn waste wood and old pallets into firewood and kindling. 

The process involved in making and bagging the firewood and the kindling lends itself well to a group of men working together, one of the fundamental principles of the Shed movement.

Since its establishment earlier this year, Thomastown Men’s Shed has grown its membership rapidly and currently has 30 signed up members.

The Shed meets every Tuesday and Thursday and provides a venue for men in the town and surrounding areas to meet and chat. We have undertaken a number of projects to date which allow the men to share their skills and to help the community.

We have a busy schedule of events and projects lined up for the summer but feel we need to establish a regular activity for the winter months when other projects will be quieter.

Ideally we would like this project to bring in an income to the Shed to fund other initiatives and to help cover running costs such as insurance and utilities.