NN#10: Keeping Fit at Home, Celebrate Irish Literature and more…
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NN#10: Keeping Fit at Home, Celebrate Irish Literature and more…

Happy Tuesday!

We hope you’re all adjusting to the new normal in Phase 2. A huge thank you to everyone who took part in last week’s Tea at Three. The weather was much better than predicted so here’s hoping that will continue this Saturday at Three!


What’s in NN#10:

  • 8 Ways to Celebrate Bloomsday
  • Community Boost With Neighbourhood Network
  • A Physically Distant Serenade
  • Stay Active with Siel Blue Ireland
  • How a Punk Collective Is Keeping Their Community Alive During Lockdown
  • Tea-At-Three
  • At Home Kids Activity: The Happy News Project

Some stories to share

Celebrate Bloomsday!

Every year on Bloomsday, June 16th, James Joyce fans (and those who love a party) celebrate the author and his Dublin-set novel Ulysses. With social distancing measures in place, events have moved online so there are lots of ways you can mark the occasion.

Whether you want a full immersive Bloomsday experience, or would rather listen to his works from the comfort of your couch, Visit Dublin have complied a number of ways that you and your neighbours can pay tribute to one of our most famous writers, and his most controversial, infamous work. Take a look here!

Community Boost with Neighbourhood Network & Special Guests!

We’re hosting our fourth Live Community Boost webinar with special guests Thomas McCabe from Siel Bleu, Niamh McKenna from ChangeX and Keith Scanlon from Greystones Community Group. Register for our free online event here!

Join us tonight on Tuesday June 16th at 8pm to chat about the journey Irish community support groups have taken so far during this crisis, and what the next steps are. After you have registered, we will send you through the link for tonight’s Zoom call.

The Physically Distant Serenade That Everyone is Talking About

Our hearts melted watching this wonderful video. This American couple, almost 90 years old, was celebrating their 67th anniversary. Their family, living in Utah set this physically distant serenade up for their parents in California.


Stay Active with Siel Bleu Ireland

Siel Bleu have recently launched their Siel Bleu At Home series – they have a full schedule of exercise classes for older adults and people living with illness or injury. Available on their Facebook & YouTube channels. Everyone is welcome to participate from their homes.

How a Punk Collective Is Keeping Their Community Alive During Lockdown

Nestled within the dusty alleyways that crisscross west of Phibsborough’s Main Road is The Karate Klub – a collective rehearsal and hangout space for many punk bands over its 13 years of existence.

“Punk is the defining ethos of the space”, says Marcin Jozefczuk, a founding member and one of the 27 people who run the space. “The space doesn’t involve money,” says Jozefczuk, smiling. “This is the only place I can meet with people and have a bit of a chat.” Read more about how this collective have adapted to the lockdown here.

Tea at Three

Tea At Three by Neighbourhood Network takes place again this Saturday at 3pm. Let’s (safely!) check-in with our neighbours over a cuppa for the afternoon.

Want to register for some free Tea at Three kits? All the info can be found here: streetfeast.ie/tea-at-3/

Keep Your Kids Entertained with the Happy News Project

Developed for primary school students, the Happy News Project is the perfect at-home activity to keep your children engaged. Children have to research, write and present their own uplifting news stories. Your children could even interview your neighbours to gather some good news stories. Learn more about this wonderful project here.

Nominate your Neighbour!

We would love to hear your stories and profiles of some of the amazing Neighbourhood Networkers doing great work in your communities.

Want to nominate a neighbour? Fill this short form out and we’ll be in touch!

We’ve designed Neighbourhood Network – a tool to help support the people all over the country who are responding to this call. Register your existing group or sign up as a volunteer/coordinator here!

We hope you have a good week, stay safe and mind each other from a distance!

All the best,

Neighbourhood Network