Fingal PPN and Fingal County Council’s Community Department will be documenting a diary of “good news stories”.
These are stories that highlight the fantastic community spirit of Fingal in response to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

Please let us know about community initiatives which have been set up to offer support to those most impacted by the crisis. Please share your stories, initiatives, poems, or examples of volunteers who are going above and beyond for their community. Tag us on Twitter @fingalppn, @fingalcommunity, @fingalcoco share on our Facebook page at Fingal Public Participation Network or submit your news here and show us what you are doing to provide support to anyone impacted by the crisis.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #CoronavirusSolidarity

  • Easter Arts & Activities competition #CoronavirusSolidarity
    It’s great to see Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien coming out of his ‘shell’ and ‘scrambling’ around County Hall looking for Easter Eggs

    Check out his ‘egg-citing’ video www.fingal.ie as the Mayor morphs into the Easter Bunny! No more puns, we promise!

    Check out the details for the Easter Arts and Activities competition on Facebook.com/fingalcoco – the fun starts today!
  • Paul Quinn & Fingal County Council come together to create face shields #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Local 3D printing volunteer Paul Quinn is creating face shields with A4 acetate sheets that Fingal County Council has donated. These face shields have been delivered to the National Ambulance Service in Swords and will be distributed around the country as needed.

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  • Fingal Libraries supplying two 3D printers to Surfbox for PPE Face Shields #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Fingal Libraries have joined libraries in Kildare, South Dublin and Kilkenny, supplying two 3D printers to SurfBox who are producing PPE Face Shields. With Fingal’s contribution they can go from printing 84 face shields per day to around 100! #WeAreInThisTogether

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  • Castleknock Community College donating PPE to James Connolly Memorial Hospital #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Blanchardstown Community Gardaí delivered much needed P.P.E. equipment to James Connolly Memorial Hospital. This deliver included safety glasses, masks and rubber gloves all donated by Castleknock Community College. Great work by all involved. If you need anything just ask. blanchardstown_community@garda.ie
    #stayhomeandstaysafe.

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  • Blanchardstown Community Policing #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Blanchardstown Community Policing newest member Garda Molloy delivering meals on wheels to a member of the community. If you need anything just ask. blanchardstown_community@garda.ie #stayhomeandstaysafe

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  • Secure Online Conferencing the 4 P’s #CoronavirusSolidarity
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  • Egg-cellant News! #CoronavirusSolidarity
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  • Guidance for Travellers during #CoronavirusSolidarity
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  • Shine a Light Easter Saturday, Mountfield – Malahide #CoronavirusSolidarity

     I thought people might like to see what one of the houses in Mountfield have done to make their cherry bloom tree sparkle at night. It makes me smile when I bring my dog for a walk”

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    SHINE A LIGHT | EASTER SATURDAY: Everyone around the country is being urged to take part in a national initiative to honour all the sick, those who have lost their lives, frontline staff and healthcare workers.

    On Easter Saturday at 9pm, the Shine Your Light call invites the country to shine a light – be it a light or candle – in the window to pay tribute to those “keeping us going through these dark times”.

    A light will be shone on public buildings, Irish embassies, and peacekeeping posts all around the world, with the images being shared with the public across all of the RTÉ platforms.

    Everyone, especially children, are invited to get involved and to create their own way of shining a light from their homes.

    We’re hanging our Christmas lights in the window this week!

  • Rainbows in Balbriggan #CoronavirusSolidarity

    A beautiful idea by Yolanda Aguiló Photography🌈

    A great activity to keep the little ones entertained this weekend, water paint is ideal to create and will wash off easily also.

    Lets fill Balbriggan windows with colour – stay safe, stay home❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

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  • An Garda Síochána #Coronavirus Solidarity
    The residents of the North Co Dublin seaside town of Skerries adhering to #StayAtHomeAndStaySafe guidelines from the HSE &Government

    Thank you all for your continued compliance on essential travel only. Remember we are all in this together
    #Covid19
    #PhysicalDistancing

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  • “A Smile says it all” Balrothery Community Response #CoronavirusSolidarity

    “A smile says it all” @Balrothery Community Response(BRC) doing their part during #COVID2019 to help the community #STAYSAFE#StayHomeSaveLives #CoronaVirusSolidarity

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  • Empower & Dealz, Dublin 15 distribute Easter treats #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Thanks to the staff and Craig the Manager of Dealz for helping us out with activity packs and Easter eggs for families in Blanchardstown. #EmpoweringFingal #HereToHelp #StaySafe

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  • Balbriggan Travellers Project make COVID-19 Traveller Support Packs #CoronavirusSolidarity
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    Out collecting supplies today to make COVID 19 Traveller support packs for vulnerable families in the Fingal area to help stop the spread of the virus.

    As we know, Travellers have very high standards of personal and household hygiene, this is just an added support to families, especially those living in sub standard conditions, as a lot of these products are out of stock in most places.

    We hope to start delivering early next week.

    Thanks to the support of Empower and our courier Martin.

  • Clap for the Kids! #CoronavirusSolidarity
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  • St. Pat’s GAA are here to help
  • Dedicated shopping hours for older and vulnerable customers #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Supermarkets have introduced dedicated shopping hours for older and vulnerable customers. Here are a few shops that have special times to prioritise our older people. #YouAreNotAlone

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  • Magical Messages in Malahide #CoronavirusSolidarity
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  • Daniel Mooney producing up to 160 visors per day for Connolly and Mater hospitals

    Amazing work Daniel

    Daniel tells us: Last Thursday week I offered two Visors as a sample to a neighbor of mine who I know to be a doctor, who turned out to work in ICU at the Mater.

    Upon review they loved the idea and rang to ask for as many as I could produce. My little 3D printer and I were only able to crank out 16 visors per day and after 3 days we had s catch-up with the Mater who explained they needed 100 per day. 

    I knew if I wanted to have an impact I would need to step up my game. So I bought 7 more printers and set them up in the spare room in my house. Now I’m producing up to 160 visors per day and supplying Connolly hospital in Blanchardstown and also the Mater.

    I’ve been delighted with the support from the community and across Ireland with everyone pulling together in solidarity during this pandemic.

    It there is anyone with large volumes of Acetate/ Polypropylene they would like to donate or access to a laser cutter in the D15 area I’d love to hear from you.

    Daniel Mooney

  • Ben Connolly installs Hands-free handles on doors of Kilbarrack Fire Station #CoronavirusSolidarity
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    Inspired by James Murphy of Impact Gumshields after hearing a piece on RTÉ Radio 1 about hands-free door handles, Ben Connolly of Pobalscoil Neásain (Baldoyle), got to work on replicating the device on his 3D printer.

    His father, D Watch Station Officer of Kilbarrack, has installed them on doors of the Fire Station. The hands-free handle eliminates the high use touch point of the station’s office door handle reducing the risk of spread of #COVID19.

    Well done Ben!

    #COVID19ireland #StayHomeSaveLives

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  • Covid-19 posters on Smart Benches across Fingal #CoronavirusSolidarity

    We’ve decked out our Smart Benches across the County with information posters to help you with #covid19 – remember social distancing, hand hygiene and cough etiquette. Support is available with #CommunityCall covidsupport@fingal.ie 1800459069 / 018905000

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  • Fingal County Council Emergency Management Unit #CoronavirusSolidarity

    A busy day for members of Fingal’s Emergency Management Unit who have been making food deliveries on behalf of Alone as part of Fingal County Council’s community outreach effort. #fingalcommunityresponse #communitycall

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  • Swords Tidy Towns Easter Competition #CoronavirusSolidarity
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    Swords Tidy Towns are organising an Easter competition for the children of our followers.
    We are asking that children send us drawings of nature and biodiversity in their garden or local area. The competition is open to children between 4 and 12 years of age. There will be 6 prizes, 3 for the 4-7 age group and 3 for the 8-12 age group.
    In addition, if your children would prefer we are also holding a short story competition, the short story must be set in Swords and again reflect nature.
    Please message us with your entries by Thursday 9th April giving the child’s name and age

  • Alex Costello thanks all Frontline Staff #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Alex Costello, aged 8 from Donabate has written an open letter to all Frontline Staff thanking them for keeping us all safe and healthy. Well done Alex! You are right – the whole country is so grateful

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  • Covid-19 help in Howth #CoronavirusSolidarity
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    Howth Community Announcement. In light of the Corona Virus we at Visit Howth would like to reach out to the Community at Large to Offer Assistance to anyone currently in a vulnerable position. If you or anyone you know needs help with the collection of groceries or medicines, we have volunteers who are willing to help you with this and provide “contactless” drop offs for these essentials. There has also been offers of Ready Meals, Batches of Soup / Bread etc by community spirited individuals and businesses. If you feel you may need assistance or are in a position to help with this volunteer effort. Please contact me on 086 2752784 and we will add you to our group. Visit Howth will coordinate with both volunteers and recipients and be assured that safety of all is our paramount concern

  • Balrothery Community Response(BCR) starting their paper round to all the senior citizens in Balrothery #CoronavirusSolidarity
  • Balrothery Community Volunteers. The ‘Town of the Knight’ is up for this Fight! #CoronavirusSolidarity
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  • Skip + smile for a mile 😄 in Malahide #CoronavirusSolidarity
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  • FINGAL DIGIFIT HOME WORKOUT VIDEO SERIES CONTINUES #CoronavirusSolidarity
    Ciaran Russell (@ciaranjrussell) | Twitter
    Now more than ever, we need to keep up our physical and mental health. Fingal Sports Office have produced a Home Workout Video Series with great step-by-step instructions on simple exercises you can do in your own home. We hope you have been following all the great videos and enjoying the exercises.
    Hot off the presses is Digifit Video 9 – view it here https://learning.fingal.ie/course/view.php?id=139&section=9  

    The videos are all available to view on the Fingal Learning Portal  or on Facebook and Twitter – Just search @fingalsports to try out the latest video.  
  • Draw your favourite garden flower or simply let your imagination fly! Spring in Balbriggan! #CoronavirusSolidarity
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    Spring in Balbriggan is a virtual Kids Drawing Competition for primary school age boys and girls living or attending school in Balbriggan. The aim is to provide positive mental health for children during this difficult time and keep children engaged and entertained during the covid-19 period.
    Also to tap in to the creative and the imaginative world of children and highlight the artistic skills of children in Primary schools in Balbriggan.

    There are 3 Age Groups: 4 – 7 years old
    8 – 10 years old
    11 – 12 years old

    Prizes include: Slime factory workshop voucher (Hen House)
    8 weeks drawing class (From A to Art)
    1 week Summer camp (Aster Family Resource Centre)
    and much more!

    To participate send an email to frcinfo@asterfamillysupport.ie for a registration form.
    Fill in the registration form, take a photo of your child’s drawing and send both to:
    frcinfo@asterfamilysupport.ie.

    Winners will be announced on the 30th of April 2020.

    A big thank you to our Judges:

    Aleksandra Ranecka (Hen House)
    https://www.facebook.com/henhouse.balbriggan/

    Violeta Savickiene (From A to Art)
    https://www.facebook.com/From-A-to-Art-492722787572378/

    Jean Clifford – EMPOWER

    Sorya Yu (Balbriggan Mandarine Chinese language school)
    https://www.facebook.com/bmchineselanguageschool/

    TIMELINE OF COMPETITION :
    07/04/2020 – 18/04/2020 – Open Competition time
    19/04/2020 – 21/04/2020 – Submission of arts
    22/04/2020 – 27/04/2020 – Judges deliberation and outcome
    30/04/2020 — Winners and prizes announced/published

    For enquires: https://www.facebook.com/asterFamilyresourcecentre/
    Call: 0873854102
    Email: frcinfo@asterfamilysupport.ie
    or our event Fb page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2588059318102849/

  • Man O’War GFC Kevin and Aidan are playing a blinder off the pitch during this crisis #CoronavirusSolidarity
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    Kevin and Aidan are playing a blinder off the pitch during this crisis. A huge thank you from all of us to Balrothery Pharmacy for their dedication to our community. And not forgetting Jenny, Brenda, Heather and Caoimhe. You can avail of their new helpline and delivery service and don’t forget that our club volunteers can help with your pharmacy errands too.

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  • Erin Go Bragh GAA Club Covid-19 Response contact numbers #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Erin Go Bragh offers support during Covid-19 outbreak If you need help, please don’t hesitate to call one of our team leaders below, each of whom is supported by a small army of club members.

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  • Balrothery Community Response (BCR) #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Balrothery Community Response (BCR) out playing their part in Balrothery this morning helping those who need anything done

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  • #Fingal Community Response #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Need a grocery order collected or prescription picked up? Feeling vulnerable & isolated? Or just want to talk. We’re here to help.

    Telephone

    #FingalCommunityResponse – Call us any day 8am to 8pm Freephone 1-800-459 059 Phone: 01-890 5000 Email: covidsupport@fingal #Communityresponse

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  • Erin Go Bragh delivering JCH with much needed essentials. Great community we live in. #CoronavirusSolidarity
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  • Portmarnock Triathlon Club Covid-19 Support Group #CoronavirusSolidarity
  • BEAUMONT HOSPITAL THANKS FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL FOR DONATION OF PPE #CoronavirusSolidarity
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    As we are all aware, our hospitals are under a great deal of pressure as medics battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. The issue of adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is one that has arisen in recent weeks as doctors, nurses and care staff tend to patients in our hospitals and other care facilities. In response to the urgent requirement for PPE, Fingal County Council recently donated over 30,000 pieces of PPE to Beaumont Hospital. The consignment comprised of face masks and protective suits which has provided vital protection for the frontline medical staff caring for those most in need of medical attention. Amy, one of the Clinical Nurse Managers in Beaumont Hospital’s A&E Department, kindly took the time to express the appreciation of her colleagues; “I wish to send my sincere gratitude to yourselves at Fingal County Council for sending your excess PPE to the staff here at Beaumont. It is greatly appreciated by all the front-line staff here and will be of great help to us during this pandemic. We have been overwhelmed by the kindness, generosity and support shown to us by the pubic and other public sectors.” We have all seen the huge shipments of PPE arriving on flights from China in recent days and hope that this, along with the substantial donation from Fingal County Council, will assist all the front-line medical staff working so tremendously hard in the most trying of current circumstances. We wish them good health all the very best in their endeavours.  
  • Thank you SuperValu, Donabate #CoronavirusSolidarity

    One of many ‘Thank Yous’ received thanking the wonderful staff in Supervalu, Donabate who are doing a wonderful job helping older people during the current crisis. Well done!

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  • St Joseph’s Secondary school donated PPE from their science labs to Beaumont and Mater hospitals #CoronavirusSolidarity
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    SECONDARY SCHOOLS across Ireland are donating their stock of Personal Protective Equipment to local nursing homes, hospitals and medical centres to help health workers on the frontlines keep themselves and their patients safe during the coronavirus crisis.

    Secondary schools use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for use in practical classes such as chemistry, where students use face masks, gloves or goggles to protect their skin, but with schools closed nationwide for the foreseeable future as the coronavirus spreads, staff have made the decision to donate the gear to the people who need it most.

    In Rush, County Dublin, staff members in St Joseph’s Secondary school collected their stock of PPE gear from their science labs and brought the items personally to the Beaumont and Mater hospitals.

    A post on the school’s Facebook page stated that “some of our Science teachers spent the morning gathering all of the PPE equipment we had in the school lab and brought it into Beaumont Hospital, with more going to the Mater.

    “Well done Ms Kelly and Ms Teehan- every little helps in supporting those doing tremendous work on the frontline.”

  • Advice for students #CoronavirusSolidarity
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  • O’Dwyers GAA, Balbriggan #CoronavirusSolidarity
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    Fantastic fun evening with O’Dwyers GAA, Balbriggan’s 1st club @zoom session held by the wonderful GPO Anthony 💚
    71 households with over 100+ players, parents and coaches taking part

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  • Meals on Wheels, Blanchardstown #CoronavirusSolidarity

    As part of the Meals on Wheels Scheme Blanchardstown Community Policing have this week started to deliver meals to elderly / vulnerable people living within the community. We are here to help. #stayathomeandstaysafe
    blanchardstown_community@garda.ie

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  • Naomh Mearnog GAA Club & Smyth Butchers Come together to introduce a new Home Delivery Service for Portmarnock #CoronavirusSolidarity
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    If You Or A Family Member Is House Bound & Unable To Shop Naomh Mearnog Can Arrange Delivery To Your Home In Portmarnock


    NO Minimum Order For Free Delivery For Elderly Residents In Portmarnock Due To This Kind Offer From Naomh Mearnog Volunteers .

    To Shop All You Need To Do Is Phone JW Smyth Shop In Portmarnock 01 -8461225
    Place Your Order
    Pay Using A Credit Or Debit Card (If You Dont Have One We Can Arrange For Cash Paymernt )
    Jw Smyth Or A Member Of Naomh Mearnog Will Deliver It To Your Door .
    You Can Also Order On Line www.jwsmythbutchers.ie .

    We Are Of Course Taking Delivery Orders For Areas In Raheny , Baldoyle ,Malahide , Sutton & Surrounding Areas
    These Orders Are Free Delivery For Orders Over €50

    All Orders Placed After 10 Am Will Be Delivered The Following Day .

  • New Arrival to Edgewood Lawns #CoronavirusSolidarity
    Nicole Sophie Roden born Wednesday 25th March in the Rotunda Hospital. Brought home to Edgewood Lawns on Friday 27th March by daddy Colin Roden and mammy Laura Greer.
  • Baldoyle United FC – Toilet Roll Challenge! #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Baldoyle United’s Under 9’s coach set his team the Toilet Roll Challenge to keep them indoors and get exercise. Some great videos on the Baldoyle United Twitter page https://twitter.com/BaldoyleUtd

  • Age Friendly News (COVID-19) #CoronavirusSolidarity

  • Fingal County Council’s Call for Support for Community Response Forum #CoronavirusSolidarity

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    Fingal County Council is calling on key Community Groups who are willing and can coordinate a support service within their locality to express their availability to the Council to help our response to the COVID-19 health emergency.

    This call for support is in line with the COVID-19 Fingal Community Response Forum which the Council are seeking the help of key community groups within localities across the country.  Priority will be given to those who already have gone through a Garda vetting process. 

    The Forum is a dedicated community support helpline and email address which is being established in Fingal to assist at risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice during the current public health emergency. 

    The confidential phoneline service is being established by the new COVID-19 Fingal Community Response Forum, which includes over a dozen agencies and organisations. The helpline is focused primarily on ensuring that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels.

    The support that the Council will be providing includes collection and delivery of food, essential household items, medication, meals, signposting to relevant support agencies. 

    There has already been a huge outpouring of support from the public wanting to help the most vulnerable members of our communities.  The Council is asking for key community groups to sign up as responders to help these vulnerable people access critical goods.

    The Council through our Public Participation Network (PPN), will be gathering all groups who sign up as responders into a database to best coordinate a support service.  If you are a key community group within your locality and wish to sign up as a responder, please complete s short online survey

    Fingal County Council is calling on key Community Groups who are willing and can coordinate a support service within their locality to express their availability to the Council to help our response to the COVID-19 health emergency.

    This call for support is in line with the COVID-19 Fingal Community Response Forum which the Council are seeking the help of key community groups within localities across the country.  Priority will be given to those who already have gone through a Garda vetting process. 

    The Forum is a dedicated community support helpline and email address which is being established in Fingal to assist at risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice during the current public health emergency. 

    The confidential phoneline service is being established by the new COVID-19 Fingal Community Response Forum, which includes over a dozen agencies and organisations. The helpline is focused primarily on ensuring that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels.

    The support that the Council will be providing includes collection and delivery of food, essential household items, medication, meals, signposting to relevant support agencies. 

    There has already been a huge outpouring of support from the public wanting to help the most vulnerable members of our communities.  The Council is asking for key community groups to sign up as responders to help these vulnerable people access critical goods.

    The Council through our Public Participation Network (PPN), will be gathering all groups who sign up as responders into a database to best coordinate a support service.  If you are a key community group within your locality and wish to sign up as a responder, please complete s short online survey https://fingalppn.ie/fingal-county-councils-call-for-support-for-community-response-forum/


  • COVID-19 FUNDING APPLICATION FORM #CoronavirusSolidarity

    The Fingal Community Response to COVID-19 Funding Scheme is administered by the Fingal County Council Community Culture and Sports Division.

    https://form.jotform.com/200864157081352?fbclid=IwAR3zHU_yR8JzFcGDXc-H6DAXyAIY7-plNEQLF7xkfB0E8PSkcDNb8vIqqyk
  • Fingal County Council Funding Call: Fingal Community Response to COVID-19 Funding scheme: #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Open to all Community & Voluntary Groups in Fingal Fingal County Councils’ Community Development Office is administering a Fingal Community Response to COVID-19 Funding scheme to support voluntary and community groups to provide a local community response to COVID-19 in Fingal. Priority will be given to initiatives that strive to contain and limit the reach of the virus, safeguard volunteers and support vulnerable members in our community.Groups will be funded under 2 categories(i) Community Response Team Initial Set Up Contribution: (up to a max €200). A once-off award of €200 to cover initial costs incurred by establishing a local community response team(ii) COVID-19 Community Action Fund: (up to a max of €1000) a grant for local groups that demonstrates a strong partnership/ collaboration of local community groups and key services to safely respond to COVID-19 under the following themes of  

    • Supporting Community Safety initiatives
    • Community wellbeing programme
    • Virtual Community Gatherings
    • Support target for older and vulnerable people 

    Eligible costs include leaflets/ flyers, social media, mobile phone (purchase), personal protection equipment (i.e. gloves, masks, sanitizers), insurance, virtual event costs, trainer/ tutor/ instructor fees, design/ print of leaflets,  programme material, publicity etc… (this list is not exhaustive)For more information and to complete the online application form, click 

    https://fingalppn.ie/covid-19-funding-application-form/

    For assistance or advice with  the application, contact your local Fingal County Council, Community Development Officer

  • Malahide Castle and Gardens make snowballs #CoronavirusSolidarity
  • Covid-19 Parenting Tips from World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Local children keeping spirits high in Lusk with lovely artwork and inspiring messages #CoronavirusSolidarity
  • Ballyboughal COVID Assist and Support Group #CoronavirusSolidarity
  • An Garda Siochana. The K-Kids have their parents back on this one #CoronavirusSolidarity

    The families of The K District in Blanchardstown are the strength that keep them going. Without family support it wouldn’t be possible. The K-Kids drew lovely pictures for their parents. Not all heroes wear capes! A Reminder to everyone….. #WashYourHands

  • Balbriggan Social Isolation Volunteers #CoronavirusSolidarity
  • A Great Group of Volunteers in Balbriggan! #CoronavirusSolidarity
  • Well deserved tea & coffee for Life Pharmacy Donabate staff from a grateful customer #CoronavirusSolidarity
  • Freaky Friday in Fingal Libraries #CoronavirusSolidarity
  • Geraldine’s dog following the 2 metre rule 🙂 #CoronavirusSolidarity
  • Swords Order of Malta mobilises to aid vulnerable #CoronavirusSolidarity

    With the ongoing scourge of the coronavirus, Swords Order of Malta is offering a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable members of the community, many of whom are too afraid to step outside their home.

    The Swords unit has set up a service for the elderly, disabled and infirm, where medication and grocery shopping can be collected by members and delivered to service users’ homes.

    Mandy Canty, officer in charge of the Order of Malta Swords unit, explains: ‘It’s for any of the elderly, or anyone who can’t get out to get shopping or medication or whatever, that we’re willing to go out and do it for them and deliver it to them. There’s an awful lot of elderly people that are afraid to get out and can’t get out to get their basic needs. That’s the reason why we’re doing it, is that if anyone feels that they can’t go out because they’re high-risk or whatever and they’ve no one to do it, then we’ll do it for them.

    ‘Some of the charities now, because of the fact of the safety of their members, they’re closing their offices, so it’s just a link that if anyone needed anything that we’re available to get it for them and bring it to them. It’s mostly medication or food or if they’re afraid and need to talk to anyone, we’d have a chat with them because of the isolation part of it as well.’

    Swords Order of Malta set up the service two weeks ago when the HSE advised ‘high-risk’ members of the public to stay at home or limit social contact due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

    With many people succumbing to ‘panic buying’, it was felt there was an urgent need to address the needs of the elderly, many of whom have been house-bound since the virus broke.

    The delivery service is only available in Swords at the moment, but Mandy says that other towns will also be considered depending on the location.

    The service is available ‘whenever needed’, Mandy adds, once shops and chemists remain open.

    She says: ‘I don’t want people to not have food in their houses and they’re afraid to go out. It’s just so frightening, especially with elderly people being at such high risk. A lot of them are absolutely terrified, because they don’t know whether they’re coming or going or if it gets any worse, how they are going to get their shopping. It just saves them from worrying, that they know that this service is available if needed.’

    Mandy says she’s trying to get word out about the service, but that this is proving difficult as information is currently available on the unit’s Facebook page and elderly people may not have access.

    Mandy now intends to get in touch with Fr Paul of St Cronan’s Church for his assistance in identifying members of the community who may need the service. In the meantime, she is hoping that notice in The Fingal Independent will raise awareness and encourage people to make contact with the Swords unit.

    If you know someone who may need the assistance of Swords Order of Malta, contact Mandy at: 086-1255235.

  • Children’s Art Competition in Rivervalley, Swords #CoronavirusSolidarity

    In Rivervalley, Swords, Sorcha Dooley is running a window art competition for children. Each of the winners will get an Easter Egg. Sorcha put up a post last week on the Riveralley Residents Facebook page and within minutes she had many people responding saying that their kids were delighted. Residents are donating the eggs to Sorcha leaving them at her front door to make sure of social distancing and she has been inundated with donations. It’s brillinat because there will be an egg for each entrant

  • Fingallians GAA Club, Swords Community Assistance #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Fingallians GAA are proud to be a central part of the Swords community for over 135 years. With the current situation regarding Covid-19 they appreciate that some local residents may be in need of help or assistance in acquiring necessities such as food, fuel, prescriptions etc..

    Should anyone be in need of help please do not hesitate to make contact and they will on a voluntary basis endeavour to assist

    Contact 083 1644777 or email assistance@fingallians.com

    Alternatively if you are in a position to help in any way please reach to chairperson.fingallians.dublin@gaa.ie

    Táimid anseo le cabhrú

  • Fingal Community Response to Covid-19 #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Fingal PPN and Fingal County Council’s Community Department are conducting a survey of local community and voluntary groups responding to COVID-19. We would really appreciate if you could complete this short survey to let us know if you are currently providing any service, what issues you are experiencing and what supports your group needs. Please click below to begin the survey:

    https://form.jotform.com/fingalppn/fingal-communityresponse-to-covid-

    Fingal PPN and Fingal County Council’s Community Department are also documenting a diary of  “good news stories”. These are stories that highlight the fantastic community spirit of Fingal in response to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

    Please let us know about community initiatives which have been set up to offer support to those most impacted by the crisis. Please share your stories, initiatives, poems, or examples of volunteers who are going above and beyond for their community. 

    Tag us on Twitter @fingalppn, @fingalcommunity, @fingalcoco share on our Facebook page at Fingal Public Participation Network or log onto our website www.fingalppn.ie and show us what you are doing to provide support to anyone impacted by the crisis.

    Don’t forget to use the hashtag #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Thank you and stay safe

    Jenny Foley, A/Resource Worker, Fingal PPN 

  • Finglas Responders helping Elderly in Finglas and Meakstown #CoronavirusSolidarity

    Bill Cullen who runs Finglas Responders (volunteer group who operates in Finglas & Meakstown) They manage and install a number of defibrillators in both areas.

    Facebook: https://bit.ly/3duYXTN
    Website: http://www.finglasresponders.com/?fbclid=IwAR34T247iQMxFQGy4O6UgWrhSaH2l3ceSg8zC6eAA8h0Qlx_It8MIW2OxZY

    Finglas Responders is a community first responder scheme that aims to improve the survival rates for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. They have arranged to meet elderly residents at Supervalu Finglas Friday morning.

  • Swords Express Offer #CoronavirusSolidarity

  • Mental Health Ireland #CoronavirusSolidarity
  • Free Pay & Display Parking in Fingal for Healthcare Staff

    FREE PAY & DISPLAY: Fingal County Council is seeking to assist staff of medical centres, healthcare facilities and pharmacies with free Pay & Display parking in the vicinity of their workplaces during the COVID 19 crisis. Please email HowMalOpArea@fingal.ie and they will be happy to deal with your queries.

  • St. Sylvester’s GAA – Here to Help

    St. Sylvester’s GAA Club are here to help! For the vulnerable in the Malahide area community who need help locally during this unprecedented time, they have a group of volunteers ready to help. You or a relative can contact them on social media or by phone (see number on image below) and they’ll do their best to help. #community#StrongerTogether

  • Mother’s Day Bear Hunt

    There has been an outbreak of Cuddly Bears! All over Donabate! Teddy bears placed in windows and the local children walked around with their families observing social distancing to try and spot them. Some children left their Mum’s at home to make sure the bears didn’t get into the house to rob the honey! Children counted how many bears they found on the bear hunt. A lovely idea to get children out for a walk around their neighbourhood and great day was had by all who joined in. Bears can still be found in locals windows today for all to see.

  • Thank you to Super Valu staff, Donabate

    A big THANKS to a gentlemen with huge heart who walked in to the cates café in Donabate Town Centre and paid for coffees for Supervalu staff as his thanks to all of them for great job they do in this difficult time. Hope everybody will understand now how they are important in our lives. Donabate Village

  • Postmen and postwomen to check in on elderly and vulnerable people during Covid-19 outbreak

    Postmen and postwomen across Ireland will expand their job description during the Covid-19 pandemic as An Post announced they will be ‘checking-in’ with older and vulnerable people along their delivery route at least once a week.

    They will check on their well-being by way of a set of standard questions and any requests for provisions or medicines will be relayed directly back to the local HSE team. An Post will also support the delivery of such essential supplies back to these customers.

    An Post also said it is also working with the National Newspapers of Ireland on a new scheme which will see them delivering local and national newspapers to people’s homes.

    “Postal workers have always been central to their communities and are anxious to help this national effort to get us through this crisis,” said Stevie Fitzpatrick, General Secretary of the Communications Workers’ Union.

    “They have come up with these great ideas for community support that the CWU is now putting in place with An Post and the Government.”

    “Postal delivery staff know their customers better than anyone, particularly in rural areas, they’re trusted and they very often have a well-established rapport with many people living alone in isolated areas.”

    An Post bosses believe its a great solution given that their staff are already set up to take up such roles.

    “An Post delivery staff are all security-cleared, capable and clued-in. We know that our people are already providing huge support to many older and isolated people along their postal route, or as part of community volunteering efforts” added An Post CEO David McRedmond

    “Now we’ll be linking formally with local health and welfare services to ensure the best support for vulnerable customers”.

    “The health and safety of our staff is paramount and we will we adhering to HSE protocols at all times,” he added,

  • Drynam Volunteer Group

    In the event of anyone falling ill with Covid 19, self isolating etc. Drynam Volunteer Group have over 30 Volunteers in Drynam Estate, Kinsealy. The Volunteers will help out with shopping, collecting prescriptions or other. They can be contacted by Facebook on DRYNAM VOLUNTEER GROUP. If residents don’t use Facebook they have been asked to place a large RED CARD in their window which will alert people that they need assistance. Well done Drynam Estate Residents