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.

Munster

Cork

Clare

Kerry

Limerick

Tipperary

https://twitter.com/itsjamieryan/status/1239532897050206210

Waterford


Leinster

Carlow

Cavan

Dublin

Laois

Longford

Louth

Kildare

Kilkenny

Meath

Offaly

Westmeath

Wexford

Wicklow


Connacht

Galway

https://twitter.com/BearnaBeo/status/1239471658823491584

Leitrim

Mayo

Roscommon

Sligo


Ulster

Antrim

https://twitter.com/TobinCSGO/status/1239141253155041280

Armagh

Donegal

Derry

Down

Fermanagh

Monaghan

Tyrone

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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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