Helping each other

BY Kathrin Kobus

When the lockdown came at the end of March Peter McCabe called on Clanna Gael Fontenoy members with enforced free/ leisure time to help vulnerable neighbours in the community between Sandy mount and Ringsend.  

Now more than two months later NewsFour can report that not only did the group deliver groceries to elderly who were cocooning but also ran the lunchbox service and lately school material deliveries for St. Patrick’s Girls school in Ringsend.

A Clanna Gael Fontenoy volunteer, bringing school materials (picture provided by CGF)

As Anne Smith, principal of the school told NewsFour yesterday: “A colleague had seen the advert re volunteers from Clanna Gael looking to help with anything in the local community. I was looking for someone who could organise help with delivering 95 lunch boxes to our families every week or every fortnight. I phoned Peter and he organised everything. Volunteers arrived at the school every week or every fortnight for the past 10 weeks. Both Peter and all the volunteers were absolutely fantastic and worked really hard every week to deliver our lunch boxes around Dublin 1, 2, 3 and 4. It really did make my life so much easier! Everything ran so smoothly. We really are so grateful to Peter and his team.”

This is of course only one example of many  to show how our local communities  and neighbourhoods came together that bit closer in the past few weeks.