A Cork couple did not let the current crisis dampen the celebrations of their 77th and 80th birthdays.
Maura and Chris Daly from Mahon celebrated in style despite the pandemic and even had a visit from the Lord Mayor John Sheehan.
Mr and Mrs Daly’s children were due to visit their parents and a party was due to be held in celebration but plans had to be changed and instead the couple got a surprise from Cllr Sheehan and the Community Response Forum team while neighbours Aisling, Alan, Calum and Ava O'Callaghan waved to Maura and Chris from their front garden.
The Cork City Covid-19 Community Response Forum stepped in and the team presented the couple who are currently cocooning with a cake and flowers to mark their special day.
The Community Response Forum is in place to ensure that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access vital grocery, medicine and fuel deliveries and social welfare supports.
The response team in Mahon has been keeping in regular contact with older residents and families by setting up an emergency Meals on Wheels service, delivering food hampers and undertaking small DIY jobs.
Cork City Council Community Response Forum Lead, Sandra O'Meara said: "We have seen an amazing response to Covid-19 from all the community and voluntary groups in Mahon.
“Whether it's delivering food or collecting pensions, the CRF is making a big difference to older people and families here.
“Activity packs have been sent to young and old and we've asked them to send us back pictures of them using them and of whatever they are making or creating at home. We've all really enjoyed seeing what a difference these initiatives are making to young and old,” she said.