Taoiseach Micheál Martin was there to congratulate intensive care unit (ICU) staff at the finishing line of a two-day charity cycle today.
Doctors and nurses from hospitals across Ireland cycled to Dublin participating in the ICU 4 U Charity Cycle in aid of four charities supporting people specifically affected by the Covid-19 crisis.
They are: Alone (older people), Breakthrough Cancer Research (new cancer treatments), Aware (mental health) and ICUsteps (ICU patient aftercare support).
Cyclists in Cork departed from Cork University Hospital yesterday morning with teams also departing from Belfast, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.
In total, 15 teams from around the country cycled to the capital as part of the event.
Speaking ahead of the cycle chief organiser, Dr Patrick Seigne, Consultant Intensivist at Cork University Hospital ICU said:
"Many ICU staff are uncomfortable with being put up on a pedestal during the crisis, as we are just doing our jobs albeit in challenging times.
"We are extremely grateful for the gifts we received from the public but we need to put the focus back where it is most needed – with the patients and charities.
"The impact of Covid-19 reaches far beyond the ICU, and we are only beginning to see the secondary challenges, in particular with the elderly, those in nursing homes, those experiencing anxiety and mental illness, Covid-19 ICU survivors, and cancer patients who are particularly vulnerable to the virus, have had their diagnosis delayed, and urgently need new treatments."
Currently, almost €91,000 of the €100,000 target has been raised.
To donate, log on to icu4u.ie