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Kingdom Men’s Shed Annual General Meeting - Report

At the Kingdom Men’s Shed Annual General Meeting, Tom Cunningham was returned as Chairman, Martin McConville as Treasurer and Joseph Donnan as Secretary.


In his Chairman’s Address Tom commented that since our last Annual General Meeting, we have purchased a new polytunnel with help from the DARD Rural Micro Capital Grants Programme. It is now up and functioning, witness the abundance of window boxes etc around the Club, and now we await our first crop of tomatoes.


We also got support from Newry, Mourne and Down Council for tools, ground work and for horticultural advice and advice on health and safety issues. A Southern Health & Social Care Trust Small grant helped us pay room hire and for activities, equipment, insurance, etc. We were able to get outdoor protective clothing with a grant from the Department of Social Development Volunteer Small Grants scheme and this also helped with heating and other electricity bills.

This time last year we were carrying a boiler full of water back and forward across the yard in order to make a cup of tea. This year we have our own hot water system and sink where we can wash our dishes.


We were asked to tidy up the surround at the scoreboard. This we duly did and it is now a fine accompaniment to the new scoreboard. In May Grange Primary School asked us to help with a clean-up of the school/church carpark, during this clean up a large naming stone was found partially hidden in the hedge. This was given a more prominent position and the lettering was repainted. Then in June, St Colman’s Primary School was awarded the Eco Flag for their involvement in environmental issues and again we answered the call and the flagpole was raised and now the flag flies proudly.


On Mondays Claire Convery and then Thomas McStravick helped us with some keep fit work; this has now stopped for the summer but we would hope to have them back again in the Autumn.


I would like to thank Martin McConville for his work as treasurer. That involves looking after the £1 membership collected at each meeting and overseeing the lodgement of monies / cheques from the various awarding agencies. This year Martin looked after our ‘Savings Club’, these were monies paid in towards the Christmas Dinner in the Kilmorey Arms and then towards our overnight trip to Slieve League on the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal. We also collaborated with Terry Ruddy and Men About Town in Newry to organise a day trip and cruise on Lough Erne in County Fermanagh. This was a worthy venture and something we should try to continue.  We also had Ronan McQuigan Solicitor here on ‘Making a Will’, and other speakers on First Aid and on Budgeting for Seniors.


Of course the one thing that makes life enjoyable is our health. Some of our members have had a challenging time but I hope that the Shed will offer some respite and will continue to offer us all the opportunity to socialise and keep our minds active as the years catch up on us.


Projects agreed to pursue in the coming year include installing a ramp to assist access to the Shed, a possible extension to the Shed, planting potatoes, IT equipment and workshops, more raised beds, a gardening equipment store and attendance at the Irish Men’s Shed Association Celebration Event in Belfast on Saturday 22nd October and more trips.


The Kingdom Men’s Shed supports the improvement of older people in a rural setting by strengthening connections to the local community and increasing opportunities. Kingdom Men’s Shed is a place where men can meet to socialise, learn new skills and hone old ones, share company, have a project to work on etc. It is a place to come together with other men, be yourself, engage at your own pace. It is a dedicated friendly and welcoming meeting place, new members are always welcome and can be assured that as the men have ownership of the project and decide their own programme of events that there is something of interest for everyone. Why not call out any Monday or Wednesday between 11am and 1pm.

Summer Scheme Magic Show

Magic Show put on a marvellous show at the KYC Summer Scheme

Summer Scheme visit to Butterfly House Seaforde

An Riocht / Kingdom Youth Club Notes - 11 JULY 2016

There will be no Tuesday morning Ladies Keep-fit until September, however the 6pm Wednesday slot continues.


An Riocht Down Draw June winners £50 each James J Cunningham & Patricia Clarke


There was a big turnout for the summer scheme registration; anyone who did not make it can pick up summer scheme registration forms from the office, a form must be completed for each young person before they can participate in the summer scheme.


Jennifer has drawn up a short questionnaire for young people to complete telling us what you like or dislike about the club and what activities you want the club to provide; forms are available from the office.


The U12 boys are off on a residential to Glebe House on Monday 18th July and the U12 girls go to Carlingford Adventure Centre at the end of the month.


Kingdom Men’s Shed Annual General Meeting 11am on Wednesday 20 July


@ The Shed 10 Dunavil Road Kilkeel, All welcome to attend.


KYC Notes - 18th July 2016

On Friday of this week (22nd) at 8.30pm there is a short get-together, with hot food, for teenagers interested in designing or participating in a programme of activities over the summer, and beyond. We are particularly keen to include young people who may not regularly attend the youth club, the night will be facilitated by Jennifer, our new Outreach Worker, and Leo, our new Board Chairperson. Some upcoming opportunities include taking part in a ‘Celebrity Chef Demonstration’ as part of the GI Jive Festival and also participation in the ‘Wake the Giant Festival’, based around the rich heritage of myths and legends of Carlingford Lough. Wake the Giant is set to have street based activities and entertainment, parades, and a celebration of local foods, arts and crafts. Later still there is a safe driving project ideal for this age group.


There are questionnaires available from the office, if they could be completed before the meeting it would help, thanks.




The first Summer Scheme trip was to the Fairy Kingdom at Slieve Gullion Adventure Park while the visit of the National Reptile Zoo from Kilkenny drew a bumper attendance to Dunavil.


The U12 boys are on a week-long residential at Glebe House from Monday and the U12 girls go to Carlingford Adventure Centre at the end of the month.


Kingdom Youth Club held their Annual General Meeting with Leo Sloan accepting the role of Chairperson and a Board consisting of Eric Campbell, Lorraine Connor, Aine Donnan, Joseph Donnan and Pauline McKeown appointed. The Board will meet at 8pm on the second Wednesday of each month; our board of directors needs to include a range of skills, experience and knowledge and be chosen on their suitability and willingness to promote the aims and interests of the Youth Club and anyone else who thinks they could help in any way should contact any Board member.

While we do have a fair sized group of volunteers we need to appoint a ‘Volunteer Co-ordinator’ to ensure we continue to attract and keep volunteers as we did while achieving our ‘Investor in Volunteers’ award.

The duty of KYC Board is to safeguard the interests of the members by ensuring that Governance, Premises, Finances & Leadership are fit for purpose; it is not Board members’ role to supervise activities on a nightly basis.

Kingdom Youth Club is an award winning youth project based outside Kilkeel aimed at 5 to 25 year olds, registered with and supported by the Education Authority. The main aim is to provide young people with a social, learning and community experience by offering accredited courses and learning opportunities; by promoting healthy lifestyles and positive mental health; by promoting good community relations;                           

by providing diversionary activities to keep young people from antisocial behaviour.

In the past year KYC members have taken part in training workshops including PIPS Safe Talk, Mental Health First Aid, Red Cross First Aid, Bounce & Bullseye Resilience, Domestic Abuse, CEDAR Foundation Disability Awareness, Basic Cooking Skills, Eating Disorders, Smoking Cessation, Alcohol and Substance misuse, dealing with addiction; and have taken part in trips to Lazer Quest, Carlingford Adventure Centre, Newry Omniplex, Bowling, Todd’s Leap, Formula Karting, We Are Vertigo, Belfast Mud Run, Glebe House & New York.                                      

KYC is affiliated to the Education Authority Youth Service, the Confederation of Community Groups, the County Down Rural Community Network, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, Clubs for Young People and Youth Action NI.

KYC remains a partner, taking referrals from the Youth Justice Agency and Probation Service NI. KYC has also worked closely with the Community Safety Partnership in delivering diversionary and educational programmes and are pleased to announce that funding has been secured from the Assets Recovery Community Scheme to repeat our ‘No Need 4 Speed’ Safe Driving programme in the autumn which delivers free driving lessons to the participants.

KYC has a registered membership of 110 aged 4/8, 72 aged 9/13, 60 aged14/18, 33 aged 19/21, and 14 aged 22/25 making a total of 289 young people with an average nightly attendance of 50+.

The KYC year started on 1st July 2015 with Car Boot Sales and Street Collections towards the cost of Summer Camp in New York. All through July and August the Summer Scheme ran Monday to Friday with centre based activities such as visits by the National Reptile Zoo, Carnival Promotions Puppet Show, Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory and Phil’s Petting Farm to name a few and day trips to Lagan Valley Waterplex, Dundonald Ice Bowl and Indiana Land, Dublin Zoo, the Butterfly House and Slieve Gullion Adventure Park. In September KYC became a collection point for Refugee Aid. On Christmas Day KYC provided Christmas Dinners at the club for people who requested it. KYC partnered Youth Action in the delivery of a programme for young unemployed; partnered REACT with a teenage pharmacy programme; and partnered the Kingdom Men’s Shed in an intergenerational project. 

Highlights of this past year were the turning-on of our Christmas Tree Lights, the return of the Saint Patricks Eve Community Concert after a lapse, and the recent Volunteer Recognition event.

Thanks are due to Newry, Mourne & Down Council for assistance towards the cost of the toilet renovations and towards the Summer Scheme; the Education Authority for staff and core costs; and the Department of Education has provided funding for the kitchen and training room development; improvements which have greatly enhanced what KYC is able to offer, but which also brings an onus on us to use these marvellous facilities to their optimum.

However, KYC needs more people taking ownership of the club and getting involved in some aspect of its running. The paid staff have a big role to play here, they are titled ‘leaders’ and must lead; recruitment goes hand in hand with a vibrant programme and follow-ups to other groups and schools must be ongoing all the time; there are those young people who know what is on offer through KYC but opt out and also still those who remain unaware of the opportunities available through KYC – both groups need to be encouraged to join the young people who do participate in our activities. The programme on offer must address our aims as laid out above and having regular meetings on a set day each week or set date each month will ensure personnel and programmes remain on track and prosper. If you think you can play a part then let us know!

An Riocht / kingdom Youth Club Notes - 27 June 2016

Well done to Joanna Sloan who played for Down Camogs in Croke Park on Saturday.


The Annual General Meeting of Kingdom Youth Club will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6th July.


Anyone aged 14+, that is available on Thursday (30th) evening can you please come along to the club as we are interested in your ideas regarding future programmes, projects and training.


 There has been a good early response to the Camogie U12 & U16 tournament invitations with 13 Clubs entering including Down sides Liatroim, Clonduff, Atticall, Portaferry, Bredagh and Ballygalget, joined by Cullyhanna and Killeavy from Armagh, Derry pair Greenlough and O’Donovan Rossa Magherafelt, Tyrone’s Edendork and Antrim’s O’Donovan Rossa Belfast; entries are still being accepted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Upcoming Activities

Monday 13 November

11am Men’s Shed; 6.30pm P6 Gaelic; 6.30pm Secondary School Drop-in; 7pm Girls Club First Year plus; 7.30pm U12 (born 06/07) Gaelic; 7.30pm Irish Language Beginners Class; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 14 November

6pmIrish Dancing;7pm Primary School aged Drop-in and FIFA tournament; 7.15pm Bootcamp; 7.30pm U12 Football Presentation; 8.15pm Basketball

Wednesday 15 November

11am Men’s Shed; 6pm Ladies Circuits; 6.45pm U14 Gaelic (born 04/05); 7pm Kingdom Walkers; 7pm All Together Now Disability Inclusion programme for aged 12+; 8pm Cards – 45 @ Dunavil

Thursday 16 November

6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm to 8.30pm Activities for aged 4 to 8 boys and girls; 7pm to 9pm Girls Club for aged 8 to 12 years; 7pm to 9pm Bridging the Divide Inclusion programme; 7pm Yoga

Friday 17 November

11am Men’s Shed; 5.30pm P5 Gaelic; 7pm Kids Movie Night; 7pm to 9pm Boys Club for aged 9 to 12 years; 7.30pm Deceased Members Mass at Dunavil

Saturday 18 November

8am Kingdom Walkers; 11am P1/P2 Gaelic; 12pm P3/P4 Gaelic; An Riocht Dinner Dance in Canal Court Hotel.

Sunday 19 November

10am Breakfast at Dunavil; 2pm Birthday Party; 8pm Bingo

Monday 20 November

11am Men’s Shed; 6.15pm P6 Gaelic; 6.30pm Secondary School Drop-in; 7pm Girls Club First Year plus; 7.30pm U12 (born 06/07) Gaelic; 7.30pm Irish Language Beginners Class; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 21 November


6pmIrish Dancing;7pm Primary School aged Drop-in and FIFA tournament; 7.15pm Bootcamp; 7.30pm Camogie Annual General Meeting, all players aged 15+, parents of younger players, coaches, other volunteers and supporters should attend; 8.15pm Basketball