Community gardaí in Cork supporting most vulnerable during pandemic

Community gardaí in Cork supporting most vulnerable during pandemic
Garda Jimmy Smiddy from Blackrock Garda Station assisting Catriona Twomey of Cork’s Penney Dinners to distribute hampers.

Community policing in the local area has shown the true spirit of Cork as gardaí continue to call on the most vulnerable in the community and deliver much needed PPE to local hospitals and care centres.

This week, gardaí from different communities across the county were out patrolling in their local areas and helping those in need.

Garda Jimmy Smiddy from Blackrock Garda Station assisted Catriona Twomey of Cork’s Penney Dinners in distributing hampers to people in need in the Mahon area.

Up to 1,000 food hampers a week are being prepared and delivered by Penny Dinners to people struggling to survive during the Covid-19 lockdown in Cork.

Community garda from Anglesea Street Garda Station carried out welfare checks in Ballinlough this week.
Community garda from Anglesea Street Garda Station carried out welfare checks in Ballinlough this week.

The charity is operating from 7am to 10.30pm seven days a week, putting together hampers at St Vincent’s GAA Club on Blarney Road and running a hot food collection service at the Penny Dinners hub on Little Hanover Street.

Community garda from Anglesea Street Garda Station continue to check in on the elderly and the most vulnerable in the area and carried out welfare checks in Ballinlough this week.

Garda Marie O’Neill checked in on Phil Goodman, coordinator for Young at Heart Douglas Seniors who is preparing food parcels for the elderly around Cork city.

Garda Marie O’Neill checked in on Phil Goodman, coordinator for Young at Heart Douglas Seniors.
Garda Marie O’Neill checked in on Phil Goodman, coordinator for Young at Heart Douglas Seniors.

Community gardaí from Anglesea Street Garda Station also delivered a birthday cake to Joe Holland and staff at Grange Con Nursing Home in Carrigrohane for a very special lady Nora O Keeffe who was celebrating her 100th birthday.

Community garda from Anglesea Street Garda Station delivering a special birthday cake to Grange Con Nursing Home.
Community garda from Anglesea Street Garda Station delivering a special birthday cake to Grange Con Nursing Home.

Gardaí from Kinsale Garda Station, Garda Cormac Dineen and Garda Pádraig Walsh invited Dave Horgan from Douglas who attends the Brook Day Centre in Cork to give them a dig out.

Garda Cormac Dineen and Garda Pádraig Walsh invited Dave Horgan from Douglas who attends the Brook Day Centre to give them a dig out for the day.
Garda Cormac Dineen and Garda Pádraig Walsh invited Dave Horgan from Douglas who attends the Brook Day Centre to give them a dig out for the day.

Mr Horgan was fitted in uniform before heading out for a test drive and helping both gardaí with their duties.

The Brook provides a comprehensive social integration programme to adults with a mild to moderate intellectual disability. 

Dave Horgan from Douglas who attends the Brook Day Centre in Cork taking a spin in a garda car.
Dave Horgan from Douglas who attends the Brook Day Centre in Cork taking a spin in a garda car.

Based in a bright new facility in the south side of the city, the centre offers social skills training, library and museum trips to its service users.

Meanwhile, The Garda Band took a break from checkpoint duty to dedicate a piece of music to their two Garda Band colleagues who have lost family members and all members of the public who have lost loved ones due to Covid-19.

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