And for those needing their daily God fix, the Holy Rosary are broadcasting their daily masses to the masses online right here.
And then, of course, there’s the people. All over social media, groups have formed, and individuals have put themselves forward, all cocked and ready to help any of our elderly who may need something as simple as milk from the shop.
There’s a fast-growing Facebook group covering Greystones, Delgany, Kilcoole, Newcastle and Newtownmountkennedy set up by Michelle Power, and another covering Bray, whilst Kilcoole GAA and Centra can help with shopping – just call Eamonn on 0872565571 or Declan on 0878276912. For the elderly heading to the shops, SuperValuand Tesco have dedicated 7am to 9am, whilst Lidl chose 9am to 11am.
For the kids, there’s another Facebook group, where parents can share ideas, activities and games to keep those little ones happy and busy until beddy-byes…
The whole family can also go birdwatching through your window with this handy chart. Or get fit with Anne Sexton Pilates (where you’ll find free classes for students sitting exams). Or just sort out your moolah with Anna down at Bookworx (where you’ll find free advice on those pandemic unemployment and employer schemes).
We’ve also had messages into GG HQ, with individuals wanting to do their bit. Individuals such as Joanne Sloper, happy to be a personal shopper, or a phone buddy, to anyone in the elderly community (her number is0863890487), and Lara and Jess, who are offering dog walking, shopping, medicine collection, and whatever else might be needed. You can catch them on0860746800.
Jody Connaughton is also appealing to those who might be able to provide meals on wheels for those suddenly housebound. You can email Michelle on firstname.lastname@example.org you think you can help.
If you’re looking for a little inner peace during all this quiet, Jill over in Kilpeddar is hosting free Lockdown Yoga sessions. And if your homecooking needs a boost, Ciara’s Kitchen are offering daily recipes and tips. Fair fecks.
Have to give a big shout-out to Chakra too, who, having closed entirely during the lockdown, decided to give over Sunday, March 22nd as a day to make dinner for everyone and anyone in the town helping in the battle against Covid-19. Boom!
And kudos to local author Steven Duggan donating all proceeds going forward from his latest book, the black comedy The Elder Terror, to the Alone charity.
Arguably, the most effective support of all is being agood neighbour. As we suggested before, check within a 10-house radius of where you live for anyone who may be alone and vulnerable. And make sure they’ve got everything they need. Even if it’s just the reassurance that they’re not actually alone.
These are strange and, for some, strained days. By pulling together, we can make them an awful lot easier, for everyone…
A rally calling for self-isolation? Why didn’t we think of that…?