Carrigaline praised for its 'outstanding' community spirit during coronavirus pandemic

Carrigaline praised for its 'outstanding' community spirit during coronavirus pandemic
The community response is coordinated by Cork County Council and Pat O'Sullivan, a District Supervisor with the Council. Alongside a team of office-based and outdoor Council staff, Pat (pictured in front of map) is working to support a strong network of local groups in his community including the Lions Club, Carrigaline Community First Responders and Scouting Ireland pictured here. Picture: Brian Lougheed

Carrigaline has been lauded for its community spirit during Covid-19 as volunteer groups and state agencies have come together to help those most in need during this time. 

The town has fully come on board with Cork County Council’s Covid-19 Community Support Programme - a multi- agency response to the pandemic. 

It involves the Council coordinating a range of service supports and responses at a local level through its Community Support Hubs across the County.

A Carrigaline & Rural Environs Team has been established in Carrigaline and comprises representatives from An Garda Siochana, HSE, SECAD to name but a few. 

The community response is coordinated by Cork County Council and Pat O’Sullivan, a District Supervisor with the Council and a well-known face around Carrigaline. 

Alongside a team of office-based and outdoor Council staff, Pat is working to support a strong network of local groups in his community including the Lions Club, Carrigaline Community First Responders and Scouting Ireland. 

These groups have been coordinating together with Supervalu and other businesses under the umbrella of the Community Call to look after the needs of vulnerable members of the local community who are cocooning in their homes. 

Hundreds of home deliveries of groceries and medications have been coordinated to look after local people cocooning in their homes and many of these calls are being handled by Cork County Council’s Covid-19 Helpline.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Ian Doyle, commended the work of the many volunteers and Council staff across the county, saying:

"Cork County Council represents our communities and Pat O’Sullivan is one of the many friendly faces of this in Carrigaline. The community response in Carrigaline has been outstanding. 

"Cork County Council are proud long-time supporters of the many community groups who have been working hard over the years to build resilience within their communities and now once again step up to the mark to meet the unique challenges we have been facing of late."

Chair of the Carrigaline Municipal District, Cllr Seamus McGrath also paid tribute to local community groups.

"The response from the entire community to this crisis has been tremendous in our area. 

"Local voluntary groups, sporting clubs, individuals and businesses have all been exceptional in their support. 

"I must also acknowledge the work An Garda Siochana have been doing at a community level. 

"This collaborative approach from the community in association with Cork County Council has ensured that a robust level of support is available for those who need it. 

"I want to sincerely thank everyone for the generous spirit they have shown in this extraordinary time," he said.

Cork County Council Covid-19 Community Support Programme assists those in need with non-medical, non-health related issues that have arisen as a result of Covid-19 restrictions.

Persons seeking assistance can freephone 1800 805 819 daily from 8am to 8pm text 085-8709010 or email 

covidsupport@corkcoco.ie

Those calling from outside of Ireland seeking assistance for a relative or friend should call +353 21 4285517.

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