As Kinsale businesses begin to reopen their doors as part of the Government’s second phase in the roadmap to reopening society and business, businesses and volunteers alike involved in offering their services to the community during Covid-19 have been thanked.
The Kinsale Advertiser put out a call for volunteers to help the elderly and those isolating in the community on St Patrick’s Day as the country went into lockdown.
An initial list of 30 people grew to a total of over 80 volunteers and many businesses got on board to provide care packs to those most vulnerable.
Owner of Footloose Teddy Dyer and Sales Manager Fiona Dyer, came up with and coordinated the provision of care packs to locals while Finns' Table Restaurant and the Kinsale's Good Food Circle offered to provide meals.
Donations of thousands of euro were made by local businesses and generous individuals alike, and dinners were provided by CRU Winebar & Bistro and soup, breads, cakes and treats from many of our fabulous cafés and restaurants were also supplied to those in need.
Kinsale Advertiser’s Niamh O’Connell said that in the final provision of care packs last week she was once again “blown away by the kindness and generosity” of local businesses and individuals who contributed.
Over 220 meals and care packs were distributed on Saturday and the team at CRU Winebar & Bistro provided 28 hot meals to grateful recipients on Thursday.
Kinsale SuperValu Supermarket the Bags for Life for the care packages and provided elderly residents with a dedicated early shopping slot every Saturday morning. Cully and Sully provided soup for the care packs. Homemade brown bread from the Gourmet Pantry Kinsale was sponsored by Eli Lilly from their recent donation.
The Kinsale Good Food Circle, Actons Hotel and Weddings and The Bulman Kinsale sponsored and provided 150 delicious hot meals on Saturday, in association with Kinsale Lions Club.
In a post to social media, Ms O’Connell said: “A final thank you to Ciarán Fitzgerald for giving us the use of Hamlets Bar for the past eight weeks to ensure we had space to pack while observing all the health and safety protocols, it was the perfect space. No doubt all the team Hamlets Bar and Blue Haven Kinsale are looking forward to being up and running with guests again at the end of June.
“We are beyond grateful to all these businesses for supporting us and we urge you to please support each and every one of them over the coming weeks and months. Stay local, shop local,” the post read.
She thanked all of the packers and delivery drivers for all their hard work.
“There are so many of you but just a special thanks to Gillian Eaton for liaising with Cru weekly, Sarah Kent and Darren Kiely for looking after the fruit and veg collection and packing, Alan Clayton for organising the Go Fund Me campaign, Marie O'Sullivan of Salvis Cafe, Anne O’Connell for the assistance with the shopping every Saturday morning at the crack of dawn, Aidan Duke, Sharron Austin for sorting labels for the bags every week, Colette Connolly who is overseeing the arrival of magical Fairy Doors into Kinsale which is providing hours of fun to local children, and finally Kinsale Gardaí who helped out with deliveries during a very busy time for them,” she said, While many of the volunteers involved will be returning to work over the coming week, the group will continue to exist and will help those in need with shopping, collecting prescriptions, and post.
“We know that many of our older community may still be anxious about going out to busy places. If you call a volunteer who can’t help out at that time, they will be able to pass the job on to another member of the group. All you have to do is ask,” Ms O’Connell said.