County by county: The Irish businesses and communities rallying together during the COVID-19 pandemic

From #SelfIsolationHelp on Twitter and Facebook to communities and businesses coming together as one county by county, the message is clear: We can work together to help combat this pandemic.

One brilliant initiative was by Cian O’Flaherty who started a GoFundMe to raise money for meals to send to those on the frontlines in healthcare. It now sits at over €124,000.

Another particularly good initiative was by Irishman Johnathan Randall who came up with a map which allows people to tag themselves in locations across Ireland. On this map individuals, businesses and organisations can mark themselves on the map and show what they are doing to help the community.

‘Like a lot of freelancers, I quickly realised I’m going to be given a lot of time off over the next few weeks. I thought, I’m going to need to be creating something, or I’ll lose my mind!’ Johnathan tells me.

‘So I started looking at what people were saying online, and I noticed how many people wanted to send out a message that they’d help anyone in their town who needed it – but those kind offers were quickly being bumped down the timeline. I decided we needed a better way to be able to share these important gestures, and I thought it would be better if they could be placed on a map..’

‘In doing so, it raises awareness of just how many people are looking out for their neighbours and hopefully encourages more kind-heartedness. What strikes me is that after such a tough week of news, people are made-up to see so much kindness in their region, and people want to be part of it’ he says.

If you’re wondering which specific businesses and communities are offering help, I’ve been gathering a list of them below.

Here are just some of the initiatives that people have started to help communities and those in need. They’re broken down into counties and not all counties are covered so if you hear of more initiatives please tweet me or leave a comment here. Press CTRL + F to find your county.



** fao DOCTORS, NURSES, AND ALL HOSPITAL STAFF**On the back of todays announcement we would like to offer all hospital…

Posted by Creedons Dog Care on Thursday, March 12, 2020

With the current crisis concerning the spread of coronavirus/ Covid 19 if anybody in Kilworth community is in need of…

Posted by Kilworth Community on Thursday, March 12, 2020

With the current crisis concerning the spread of coronavirus/ Covid 19 if anybody in Ballyhooly community is in need of…

Posted by BALLYHOOLY on Friday, March 13, 2020



#selfisolationhelp #spaseafoods

Posted by Spa Seafood's Restaurant on Friday, March 13, 2020









Some of our club players have launched this initiative to offer #socialdistancing help to anyone in the community who…

Posted by CLG Na Fianna on Sunday, March 15, 2020



Due to the Corona Virus, many people feel isolated and worried.Do you or someone you know want to receive a call from our Friendly Phone Call Service Monday- Friday 9am-5pm?

Posted by LCRL – Longford Community Resources clg on Friday, March 13, 2020


Due to #Coronavirus and the cancellation of bookings at Pat Keenan coach hire for the foreseeable future. I would like…

Posted by Pat Keenan Mini Bus &Coach Hire on Saturday, March 14, 2020




Customers, with the recent increase in Covid-19 cases.. We would like to accommodate any of our customers who may be…

Posted by Brogans Butchers Athboy on Thursday, March 12, 2020



Anybody needs their meds delivered , don’t want to come out , or just need something delivered from supermarket , please…

Posted by Concannon's Total Health pharmacy Athlone on Saturday, March 14, 2020



Calling any local charities & homeless organisations!We have a supply of fresh veg and other food to give away FREE due…

Posted by Butler & Barry on Sunday, March 15, 2020













We have a dedicated phone number in response to the Corona Virus Crisis.We will have a volunteer ready to take calls from anyone in who is house bound due to self isolation and needs any groceries or prescriptions.All calls will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.We’ve spent some time this week liaising with other groups and building up our network of volunteers but we will always need more help.If you’d like to help, please add your name, number, email to this document & let us know where you’re available to deliver to.https://docs.google.com/forms/u/2/d/1zaXH8dAbd2R_Efp9LZA2DZGTQNUWia25td59FgnJsZA/edit#SelfIsolationHelp

Posted by Inishowen Together on Saturday, March 14, 2020






I'm a freelance content creator and a journalist who has a strong desire to do as much as possible in the time I've got left on this planet. I got a taste for storytelling when I interned in Storyful many moons ago and since then have worked for places like WorldIrish (now Irish Central), Her.ie and Lonely Planet. I am constantly curious.

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