Press Statement Tuesday 05 May
Limerick organisations, artists, musicians and sportspeople help communities stay connected with #InThisTogether campaign – O’Donnell
A host of new initiatives are helping people in Limerick to stay connected, stay active, and look after their mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 Emergency, Limerick Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell has said.
The initiatives, which form part of the #InThisTogether campaign launched by the Government, encourage locals in Limerick to take up a new activity which could help them feel better and healthier as we deal with the current pandemic.
Deputy Kieran O’Donnell said: “It is heartening to see the number of local organisations, artists, musicians and sportspeople getting involved to help their communities through the Covid-19 emergency, proving we truly are #InThisTogether.
The details of Limerick initiatives are:
Limerick Library Service is providing book stock and other materials to patients in hospitals and care facilities in Limerick.
Children’s Storytime and craft sessions are available to view at Limerick Libraries’ Facebook pages.
Limerick local studies material, including, books, journals, genealogy resources, etc. are all freely accessible on limerick.ie website.
Limerick “Reach Out, Stay Connected” is available for people who would like to have a volunteer phone to have a chat to check up on them.
Limerick Sports Partnership is delivering programmes through online video sessions or training plans
What’s The Buzz a new e-learning tool to help you identify Irish Bumblebees. Developed with local bee expert and the National Biodiversity Database Centre, part of European Green Leaf City 2020.
The 3 Muses is an online activity pack focusing on collections from the Limerick City Gallery of Art, Hunt Museum and Limerick Museum.
Limerick Libraries have launched a YouTube channel which features talks, library concerts and documentaries.
Library E-resources including e-books, e-magazines, e-newspapers and a wide range of education courses are available on line.
Limerick Community Care Connect is an initiative to assist people who are staying at home to keep both physically and mentally fit.
Limerick City Gallery of Art have an activity pack aimed at Primary School children led by Shinnors Scholar, Brendan Egan through social media platforms.
Limerick.ie has curated a daily ‘virtual events’ guide which is showcased across our social media platforms and includes virtual tours of some key attractions
Deputy O’Donnell continued: “Covid-19 has had a dramatic effect on the country and has changed the way we go about our daily lives, with people working from home, looking after their families and caring for older people as we all pull together to save lives and protect our loved ones.
“Our economy and local businesses have also been hit hard with many people losing their jobs during the pandemic.
“Therefore, it is imperative that we look after ourselves and I welcome all the local resources for people of all ages as they cope with Covid-19.
“There are also a host of regular videos, ideas, and activities that Limerick people can take up, which will be promoted on social media and other forums. The information will be available on gov.ie/Together, on television, radio and newspapers.
“We’re in this together and we will come out of it together too. So let’s set ourselves the target to do something each day to make us feel a little healthier and a little happier,” Deputy O’Donnell concluded.
Notes to Editors:
- The initiative brings together National Government, Government Agencies, Local Government, community and voluntary sectors, and the Community Call Forums around the country.
- Wellbeing initiatives right across Government are being collated so that information can be easily found, either on Gov.ie or the relevant Local Authority websites.