Yesterday morning we went out for a walk. We went down one of the main roads we'd been down before, but this time we made it a point to take a stroll down the side streets just to see what is there. We hit a dead end every time, but we got to see some interesting things.
We came across this gym at the end of one of the side streets--we'd seen the signs in the past, but not the building. It seems so unlike gyms I have seen in the US, but there are so many old buildings around here and they are so sturdy. They do get reused. I hope the air circulation is good in there.
As we were heading back to the main road, we came across this tower behind the fire station. No idea what it once was.
Back at the main road, we crossed the street and went in behind the building for the Ballinrobe Branch, Mayo County Council--it has a cool spiral staircase on the side:
the BnB we stayed at when we first arrived, told us about men's sheds before we moved to Ballinrobe. She said that they developed in order to help men make friends because they would often find themselves isolated and solitary. They take on various projects and stuff, I guess. We never did find out exactly where they meet. We came to a building that apparently is the home to a BMX bike club. There was a sign with an arrow pointing to the men's shed, and there was an actual little shed, but "little" is the important word there. If this is the shed where the men meet, then clearly not more than 2 of them meet at any one time!! There's no room for more than that. Or the shed could just be a place where stuff for the BMX bike track is stored and the men may have their "shed" elsewhere nearby--perhaps near the water towers that are the most visible landmark of the town as you come in from the south. We see them from our kitchen window and when it finally gets dark, which is after 11 these days, they are lit with a green light.