Cork County Council delivering instruments to people cocooning

Cork County Council delivering instruments to people cocooning
Cork Co. Council Mobile Library driver Eugene Bradley delivering items to the homes of library members. Eugene usually drives one of the Council's mobile library units and parks up in various towns around West and North Cork. Eugene is seen here with husband and wife, Mary Anne and Pat O'Brien from Knockardbane, Liscarroll. Pic: Brian Lougheed

Cork County Council is bringing music to the ears of householders across the county after adding musical instrument loans to its housebound home delivery service which forms part of Cork County Council’s COVID-19 Community Support Programme.

The free musical instrument loan scheme ‘A Sound Initiative’ allows people who are cocooning to borrow from a selection of available musical instruments, which are then delivered to their home via the Council’s housebound library service.

Instruments include violins, keyboards, guitars, banjos and ukuleles.

The Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Ian Doyle, welcomed the news.

“This is a great initiative. Learning to play a musical instrument has so many proven benefits. It stimulates the brain, improving your memory and relieves stress. It has even been shown to lower heart rate and blood pressure, so it’s good for your health and it is fun too. I know how hard cocooning can be on people so it’s important that we look after our mental and physical health more than ever. It’s great to see the library offering such vital services to the community at this time," he said. 

Cork County Council Chief Executive Tim Lucey said Council staff have adapted and offered innovative solutions to the current service restrictions.

“Cork County Council staff have strived to adapt our service delivery to ensure people can still avail of a huge range of services, such as working quickly to identify a safe system to deliver books and now musical instruments to our more vulnerable citizens at this time. 

"Our libraries have an integral role in Cork County Council’s Community Support Programme, acting as community hubs for the provision of supports to those who contact our Community Call Helpline. Now even more than before libraries are at the heart of our community. I would appeal to anyone who needs support to contact our helpline. We are only a phone call away and ready to help,” Mr Lucey said.

Cork County Council’s Housebound Delivery service is now available across the county to serve those who are cocooning and isolating throughout the duration of this pandemic.

Anyone who needs help accessing collection or delivery of food, essential household items, fuel, medication or simply needs some non-emergency/non-medical advice or support, can contact Cork County Council’s COVID- 19 Community Call Helpline on the the confidential freephone Number 1800 805 819 everyday from 8am to 8pm.

Those outside Ireland can contact +353 21 4285517 to seek assistance for a relative or friend.

People can also text 085 8709010, email or visit for more information.

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