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NN#12 What Will We Miss Most About Life In Lockdown? –


Tea at Three in Stoneybatter. Photo thanks to Aoife Barron.

Happy Monday folks! With June coming to a close, we’re rounding up some of the best stories of the week.

As we enter Phase 3 today, our Neighbourhood Networkers are working hard to make sure nobody in need of help is forgotten!

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

Some Stories To Share!

What’s in #NN12:

  • Community Boost: Mental Health & Wellness Webinar
  • What Will We Miss Most About Life In Lockdown?
  • Elderly Care Home Residents Give Daily Advice to the Younger Generation
  • What Phase 3 Means for Me
  • Cork Family Spreading Messages of Encouragement
  • West Cork towns to pedestrianise main street on Saturdays to help businesses
  • Join us for Tea-at-3!

Community Boost: Mental Health & Wellness Webinar

We’re hosting our fifth Live Community Boost webinar tomorrow night on Tuesday June 30th at 8pm. We have fantastic guests Aaron Copeland from A Playful City and Krystian Fikert from MyMind. All are welcome to join this friendly and educational chat, no participation required, you can just listen in. Register for our free online event here!

After you have registered, we will send you through the link for tomorrow night’s Zoom call.

What Will We Miss Most About Life In Lockdown?


As governments around the world begin to ease lockdown, people in Africa and the Middle East tell The Guardian what they will miss most about life in self-isolation. Read more here.

Elderly Care Home Residents Give Daily Advice to the Younger Generation


It should come as no great surprise that those among us who have lived the longest would also have the greatest perspective about what matters most. Elderly residents at the St Clair Nursing Centre in Missouri, US, have captured the hearts of people across the globe as a series of heartwarming photographs featuring older people providing advice to the younger generation went viral.

It started as a small idea from Debbie Michael, the activities manager at the nursing home in Missouri, to give the elderly a chance to enlighten young people with “resident advice of the day” on the nursing home’s social media page. Advice from the residents ranges from heartfelt messages about “slowing down” to enjoy life and appreciating those you love, through to practical reminders like “pay your bills,” and “do your homework.” Take a look at some of their advice here.

What Phase 3 Means for Us

Phase three of reopening the country will go ahead as planned from today, June 29th. This next step will see the eagerly awaited return of hairdressers and pubs. People will be able to gather indoors in groups of up to 50 for the first time in months – with 200 people being allowed to gather outdoors

Here is a reminder of facilities that are reopening from today onwards:

  • The hospitality sector including cafes and restaurants, pubs and hotel bars serving food, hotels and holiday parks.
  • Adult education facilities, crèches, pre-schools, summer camps and youth clubs.
  • Museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas and other cultural outlets.
  • Religious buildings and places of worship.
  • Wellbeing services such as massage therapy, chiropractors, hairdressers and beauty salons.
  • Driving schools and driving testing.
  • Up to 50 people can gather indoors and up to 200 outdoors, providing social distancing and public health advice is adhered to.
  • Phase 4 kicks in on July 20, subject to Government approval. At that point pubs, bars, hotel bars and casinos may reopen, with the number of people permitted at outdoor gatherings rising to 500, and 100 indoors.

For the full list of details, take a look at the government’s briefing here.

Cork Family Spreading Messages of Encouragement

A Cork family have started an initiative offering messages of encouragement to locals which children from all around the area are now taking part in.

#KinsaleRocks is an initiative which was started in Kinsale last year by the Edwards family and has been gaining traction on social media by locals in the community as of late.

Maeve Edwards and her two children, Ruby and Jimmy, are painting rocks with messages of encouragement and quotes to lift peoples’ spirits during the covid crisis. For more on the story check out this article.


Free Play Pack with Wicklow Sports & Recreation

Neighbourhood-Network-Tea-at-3-Wicklow For this years Wicklow National Play Day, we’ve teamed up with the Wicklow Sports & Reception Partnership to offer you an exciting free play pack to encourage some fun filled communi-tea activities for your Tea at Three this week!

National Play Day takes place this Saturday 4th July. Any neighbourhood hosting a Tea at Three event in Wicklow is invited to collect a free play pack to encourage fun and active play within your community adhering to Covid-19 government guidelines.

Please express your interest for play packs by Wednesday 1st July 3pm and a collection time will be arranged. To receive your pack please e-mail: [email protected]

We’d love to hear how you get on, so please send us in some pictures on the day!

West Cork towns to pedestrianise main street on Saturdays to help businesses



Good news for three Cork towns! Clonakilty, Kinsale and Bandon are all set to pedestrianise their main streets every weekend of August. It is hoped that move will bring life to the streets in a safer environment while adhering to post-lockdown rules. For more information on the measures, read here

Join our team at Neighbourhood Network for Tea-at-3!


Thank you to everyone who joined us for Tea At Three last Saturday at 3pm. We hope you all had a marvellous afternoon. Join us again this Saturday for a lovely check-in with our neighbours. Thank you to Aoife Barron for sending through photos of her communities’ Tea at Three gathering in Stoneybatter.

Would you like a free Tea at Three kit for your next physically distant gathering? Register on our page here: streetfeast.ie/tea-at-3/

Your experiences

We love to hear how you’re getting on wherever you are in the country! Here is an account of how it’s going for Irina who runs the Stoneybatter Neighbourhood Network.

In co-creating and managing the Stoneybatter Self Isolation Help group, I have connected with over a 100 wonderful human beings in the neighborhood that will be friends for life.

I’ve heard many sincere thank you’s about simple things such as buying a carton of milk or delivering a warm dinner to a senior’s door.

The experience has helped me to realise my potential to contribute to the community and has allowed me to gain meaning from this crisis.” 

That’s all for now

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

PS – if you’re speaking with friends or relatives online or on the phone around the country who are also helping others, do let them know about Neighbourhood Network!