The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.

Ballybane / Mervue

The Ballybane Mervue Local Community Development Office

The Ballybane Mervue Local Community Development Office of Galway City Partnership is located in the Ballybane Community Resource Centre.

We offer support and resources to individuals and community groups in the area.

With funding from the VEC we offer Community Education Courses and Back to Education  Courses.

In 2012 we ran FETAC Level 3 courses in IT & Personal Effectiveness as well as Childcare. We are currently running FETAC Level 4 courses in these modules which will be completed in April 2013.

We have run a selection of Community Education Courses over the years – some of these have included Silk Painting, DIY for Women, Beginners Crochet, Introduction to Computers. For information on courses in 2013 please contact 091 768305. 

Some of the current groups & classes:

  •  A Beginners Crochet class was organised in Nov 2012 & the participants have set up a group which meets on Thursday evenings.
  • Sewing Machine Group meet on Friday mornings.
  • East Alive Womens Group meet on Thursday mornings.

The Ballybane Mens Shed are always looking for new participants to join their group.

BallybaneCommunityOrganicGarden – volunteers always welcome – the garden is open on Wednesday evenings from 7.00-9.00pm,  Thursday mornings from 10.00-1.00pm and on Saturday mornings from 2.00-4.00pm

For further information contact 091 768305


The Eastside Men’s Shed

Eastside Men’s Shed was set up in 2012 in the Ballybane Sports & Social Co-op located in Oldenway Business Park, Old Monivea Road. Men’s Sheds provides a social space for men to meet, socialise and work on various projects. Over the past year Eastside Men’s Shed members have completed courses in woodturning, DIY, car maintenance and upholstery.  Foroige have also ran a successful 10 week bike maintenance course in the Men’s shed that enabled young people to repair and build bicycles.


These courses provided the members with the skills to undertake new projects including bird boxes, dog kennels, flower boxes , picnic tables and seats which are all produced to a high standard. All items produced in the shed are available to purchase by the wider community at very reasonable rates. This will help finance the running of the shed. The shed is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday.

The workshop is equipped with woodturning blades, vices and all types of power tools. Eastside Men’s Shed is a valuable asset to the community in Ballybane as it is open to everyone and brings men together from all walks of life. Annual membership fees entitles members to full use of the workshop and tools. Membership fees are €35 (unwaged) and €50 (waged)

For information about courses or products of the Men’s Shed call Laura 091768305 or Seán 0851242308

Upcoming events include a Fundraising Quiz Night on 25th July at 7pm in the Social Club Ballybane.

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Sample of work from Men’s Shed Ballybane-No 6  Refursbishment project for Mhaoilidigh Renmore