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March 26th 2020

Hi <<First Name>>.

Below please find information on:
  • Mapping Your Group/Organisation’s Activity During COVID-19 Alert - read here
  • COVID-19 Public Information Booklet - read here
  • New COVID19 Testing Priorities - read here
  • Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2020 - read here
  • Wellbeing and Mental Health - read here
  • An Post Arrangements - read here
  • Community Policing - read here
  • Libraries Ireland - read here
  • Stay Active - read here
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Your Group/Organisation’s Activity During COVID-19 Alert
Mapping community and voluntary activities/services

GCCN is working with Galway City Council and others to develop a map of the activities/services of community and voluntary organisations and groups that are still operating during the COVID-19 alert.

This will represent organisations that are providing services, supports and information for those who need them most during this time, including maintaining usual services, collecting groceries, prescriptions, medication, Meals-on-Wheels and the offer of a helping hand or a friendly voice at the end of the phone.

We require a few lines on the service being provided, hours (if applicable), contact details, website or other communication links (if applicable). Of importance is an Eircode for each service provider and we can subsequently arrange to map this.

We can also continue to add to this in due course, as and if needed, so if there are changes just contact us at

To that end, we would appreciate if you could complete the brief form below.

Thanks from the GCCN Team

Complete Form Here

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COVID-19 Public Information Booklet

The Government of Ireland has published a COVID-19 Public Information Booklet a copy of which will be delivered free of charge by An Post to every household in Ireland.

The guide was jointly produced by the Government of Ireland and the HSE and contains information about Ireland and COVID-19, including how the government is responding, the symptoms of COVID-19 and how you should self-isolate.

  • The booklet is available in English here and in As Gaeilge here.
  • Listen to an audio version of the COVID-19 information booklet on Soundcloud here.
  • If you wish to directly download the booklet in PDF format please click here for the version in English and here for the As Gaeilge.

For further details please visit the COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Health advice page here.

Read more about this on the GCCN website here

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Read more about this on the GCCN website here

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Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2020
On March 24th the Government approved publication of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020. The Bill makes exceptional provision for emergency measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on workers and businesses, and the administration of crucial public service functions. See more here.
Read more about this on the GCCN website here

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Wellbeing & Mental Health
The spread of COVID-19 is a new and challenging event and some people might find it more worrying than others. Given the social distancing requirements and the other restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 alert, most people’s lives will change in some way in the following days weeks or months. Find ideas on what you can do to mind your mental health during times like this here.
Read more about this on the GCCN website here

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An Post have introduced extended opening hours and have worked with Department of Social Protection to introduce emergency “Temporary Agents” who can collect pensions on behalf of those who are self-quarantining or self-isolating. The government has arranged for people to receive their payments every fortnight, instead of weekly, so you can reduce the number of trips to the Post Office.
Read about COVID-19 Latest Guidance on Public Health Measures and Restrictions

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An Garda Siochana have deployed 200 contingency vehicles to enable community police officers to deliver provisions to older people and check up on those who are most isolated and don’t have a support structure in place. They have also accelerated the vetting process to ensure volunteers can be processed to enable them to volunteer at local level especially with essentials like meals on wheels and others.     

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Local Libraries:   Whilst Libraries have closed their doors to the public, they are working very closely to provide online services digitally which ensures a safe way to access eBooks, audiobooks, digital newspapers and magazines which is particularly beneficial at this time. For more see here.

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A huge volume of physical activity programmes are moving from gym-based classes to home based classes and delivering them to older people through Facebook, Youtube and other online platforms. It is important for older people to try to remain physically active.
See some online classes here:  ExWell @ Home;  Age & Opportunity  and Siel Bleu

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The GCCN website has all the information from the COVID-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support and other government departments and state agencies. We encourage you to have a look here.
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