Gardaí sound the right note with cocooning residents


Tipperary gardaí have been engaging in a wide range of initiatives to help people through the difficult circumstances brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Their activities have ranged from delivering groceries and medicine, having a chat with people cocooning and in some cases, even joining people in doing some yoga.

Another initiative they have been involved in is entertaining the residents in many care homes.

The events see local musicians, sometimes joined on stage by gardaí, entertaining the residents by playing a set of Irish and international classics for around an hour. Each event is held with social distancing and the health and wellbeing of the residents as the priority.

The above picture was taken at an event organised by Sergeant John McCormack of Thurles Community Policing Unit to entertain the residents of the Deerpark Nursing Home in Lattin this week. The event was sponsored by Ted Loughman and music was provided by Anthony O’Connor and Nell.

Speaking of the dedication that our gardaí have shown to our community in so many different ways during these unique times, Superintendent Derek Smart had this to say:

‘These music events are just another great way of getting out in the community and hopefully put a few smiles back on faces during this challenging time. I would like to thank our local businesses in assisting for the hiring of the equipment, the volunteers from Age Friendly and The Red Cross for their help, and the musicians who have been giving up their time and putting on the shows. Without all of their help, this would not be possible.’