The official opening of Borris-in-Ossory Men’s Shed marked the official start of a new era in the Laois village.
A large crowd attended and were very impressed with all the work done on the old classrooms of the Convent of Mercy school on Sunday, March 10.
The ribbon was cut by Sr Regina Delaney Sisters of Mercy. She spoke about the history of the Convent since the arrival of the first nuns to Borris in Ossory.
She also pulled the curtain on the plaque cut by Tim Ryan, Stonemason, Roscrea to mark the occasion. The building was blessed by Fr Jackie Robinson PP who said it was great to see the lights back on in the old convent and he looked forward to even better things to come.
Chairman Pat Dunne addressed the gathering and welcomed all the special guests - Liam Stapleton co-ordinator of the Laois Mens Sheds, John King Chairman Laois County Council, Cllr James Kelly, Cllr Brendan Phelan, Nicholas Bergin who is the owner of the convent premises and members of his family.
Pat Dunne paid tribute to all who helped in any way through work, time, donations, sponsorship, etc to help bring the premises to where it is today. He said that while there was no debt owing on the premises, the group now had no money and will be glad of support again going forward.
Tea and buns were then served to all present and special thanks were extended to all who helped on the day and those who supplied cakes and buns.
Shovels, forks, hatchets, spades, office desks, timber cutting horses (made or brought back to life by the Shed members) were purchased on the day.
If you need a handle in an old implement or some brought back to life the men will carry this out for a donation their ongoing fundraising effort. Just call in and they say the will sort you out.
The men have five desks made up at the moment. They are using for our painting classes with Billy Dollard every Wednesday evening for the purpose. These desks are available for you to purchase for a nominal sum and orders will be taken for more as the need arises as we have the material to make same.
Terry Smeaton went along to the opening to catch the proceedings on camera.