Last February, the O’Connor family from Abbeydorney and their cousins, the McMahon family from Duagh, held a bucket collection in memory of their late grandfather, Denis O’Connor of Lissereen, Abbeydorney, who died in August 2019.
The family stood at the gates of Tralee Town Park collecting for two local charities and that day, they collected €3,700. The cheques were to be presented to the Palliative Care Unit and the Cancer Society Night Nursing group. Denis O’Connor passed away in August 2019 having suffered from cancer and was looked after by the Palliative Care Unit and the Night Nurses. In appreciation for what they did, the family wanted to ‘give something back’ and organised the bucket collection fundraiser.
“Our grandad received such loving care and kindness during a time that was very stressful for all the family, it was really appreciated by all the family,” said Alison O’Connor.
Georgina Maher of Arty Bits is one woman who is never bored. While normally teaching sewing to adults and children, she has started making face masks for those who can’t afford or find them.
Georgina told us she feels safer using a mask when she is going into do her parents’ and her own family’s shopping.
“The HSE have said on the webpage that you could get the virus if you come into close contact with someone who has the virus and is coughing or sneezing and also by touching surfaces that someone who has the virus has coughed or sneezed on and bring your unwashed hands to your face (eyes, nose or mouth),” said Georgina. “The masks stop you touching your face, which if we all took the time to count how many times we touch our face in just one hour, I feel if I’m out shopping for essentials I need that barrier to protect against the virus.