01 Apr 2020

More Updates and Ideas

1. Covid-19 Dedicated Phone Line and Community Support – DLRCoCo

2. Cocooning Information

3. Parking, Dogs, Bins etc.

4. Shopping Info

5. Planning – IGB and OLG

6. More online resources

7. Teddy in the window

8. In The Gazette

9. Pandemic Poetry

10. Latest Email from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support via DLR PPN


1. Covid-19 Dedicated Phone Line and Community Support – DLRCoCo

A dedicated community support helpline is now available 9.00 am to 5.00 pm for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, for those who may find themselves in need
Phone:     (01) 271 3199
Email:      covidsupport@dlrcoco.ie

Read more here: http://dlrppn.ie/dedicated-community-support-helpline-available-from-9am-monday-at-01-271-3199/
A dedicated community support helpline is now operating to assist citizens, who may be at risk, to access non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice during the current public health emergency. Led by the new COVID-19 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Community Response Forum, which includes over a dozen agencies and organisations, this confidential phoneline and email service will focus primarily on ensuring that vulnerable members of the community, or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels.


2. Cocooning

There is some really good information here for those cocooning. It is also worth reading if you are living with, or caring for, someone in this situation.



3. Parking, Dogs, Bins etc.

Parking – With the 2m distance requirement it’s more important than ever to ensure the footpaths and verges are clear. We’re asking people to be mindful of where they park, and in particular to not park on footpaths or on the grass verges.

Dog Poo + Keep on Lead – We ask that dog owners be vigilant about picking up the poo. There seems to be a large increase in poo on the footpaths and verges around here since this all started. People have to walk on the verges as well as the paths now, so clean up after your dog. It is a health hazard. You are also asked to keep your dog on a lead at all times.

These are part of the Covid-19 Guidelines for use of Open Public Spaces published by the HSE/Gov.ie: “If you are taking your dog with you, please keep it on a lead at all times, and always be sure to clean up.” See here.

Dog Walking – If you are unable to walk your dog yourself, please contact us. We have plenty of volunteers on hand to do this for you.

Bins – The binmen have made some residents aware that it’s important to disinfect bin handles after the bins are emptied.


4. Shopping Information

Lynam’s and Roebuck Pharmacy Free Deliveries + New Opening Hours:

Lynam’s and Roebuck Pharmacy are offering free deliveries to vulnerable and cocooning residents. You would have received a leaflet with details. You can contact them at info@lynams.ie or 01 2981061. Roebuck Pharmacy can be reached at 01 2981295.

New opening hours for Lynam’s: Mon to Sat 8am to 6pm, Sun 8am to 1.30pm

Airfield Market Boxes:

Airfield Market is now doing click and collect boxes of food. You can find more information here. Order by Wed 8pm, collect on Friday.


5. Planning – IGB and OLG

IGB – A planning notice has just gone up for temporary school buildings on the IGB site. The application isn’t online yet, and the planning office in Dun Laoghaire is closed. The details on the notice says it is for 4 prefabricated buildings on a defined site area of 0.83 hectares, surrounded by a 2m mesh fence. Access gates with associated site works including provision of entrance to site, and hard surface play area. Permission for a period of no longer than 5 years is being sought. It’s dated 27th March, and there is a 5 week window to lodge an observation. Although we believe the new Covid emergency legislation brought in last week includes an extension of three weeks to this 5 week window. You can see the notice here.

The new principal for the Educate Together Secondary School going into this site has been appointed. You can read more here.

OLG – A planning application is up for changing rooms at the back of the secondary school beside the new hockey pitch. One part of the description is interesting – “the construction of a 343 sq.m single storey pre-fabricated building for temporary use a childcare facility for a period of up to 6 months, after which the structure will be reduced in area (by 181 sq.m) to 162 sq.m and will be in permanent use as a school changing room”. More here.

So it looks like this may be a new location for the Grove After School, for a while anyway.


6. More online resources, ideas, etc.

We’ve had a few more online resources sent into us, to while away the time for those who are currently metamorphosing into butterflies (or moths?) and others.

Nestbox in your Garden + Record Bird Sightings:



Directory of free products / services available during COVID-19:


Digital Concert Hall:


Build a Mini Library for the Green:

If you’re handy, and have time on your hands, we’d love if someone could make us a mini library for the Green in front of the shops. This is the sort of thing we were thinking of: https://littlefreelibrary.org/.

Irish Times Digital Subscription:

If you have a collge student in the family, full time 3rd level students can sign up a free online subscription to The Irish Times.

Online Counselling/ Support:

It’s a tough time, and if you need extra support, it might be worth checking out this artice.


7. Teddy in the window

A resident has suggested this lovely idea. Put a teddy bear in your window so that when the kids get out they have something to distract them and look out for. It’s taking off around the world: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-52108765


8. In The Gazette

Did you know we’re in The Gazette? We don’t think it made a printed version (due to the virus, they’ve stopped printing for now), but you can read the article here.


9. Pandemic Poetry This pandemic has really brought out the poetry lovers. Here’s another poem sent in by a resident. If anyone has any other suggestions, send them in to us.

Pandemic by Lynn Ungar

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.


10. Email from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support via DLR PPN:

We are very thankful for your ongoing support every day in helping to share information about Coronavirus COVID-19.

Below are a few updates for you:
Digital Partner Pack Update
The digital partner pack now includes the COVID-19 Information Booklet, which is being delivered to all households from this week on


The digital partner pack now has illustrated stories for children going to test centres for COVID-19 testing. It is hoped that children going for

testing may benefit from the illustrated stories.

The digital partner pack also has the updated resources and materials asking people to stay at home.

The digital partner pack contains:

  • The most up to date posters on COVID-19
  • Videos and audio files that you can share
  • Leaflets, social media assets, the information booklet and more

The main leaflet which is gone to homes will be made available in a number of languages and formats – including audio and braille, which we will include on the digital partner pack as they are ready.


For information on cocooning, please go to:

There is a poster (halfway down) the Department of Health page above regarding cocooning and this will also be available on the Digital partner pack tomorrow.

If your organisation has any specific requests or urgent needs in relation to COVID-19 public health information materials, please email us at Partner.Pack@hse.ie to let us know.

Thank you in advance for your support at this important time.

Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support