PEOPLE of Limerick have come together in the face of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic to help those who may be in need over the coming weeks with the launch of a ‘virtual meitheal’ map.
A spokesperson for the LiveableLimerick group who helped put the idea into action said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has presented our society with an unprecedented challenge. But make no mistake, we will get through this Limerick and recover quickly.
“The coming days and weeks will require every one of us to help play our part to protect lives. It is as simple as that. We are in this together and stronger as one community.
“Limerick has the Edge that is needed to take the right steps over the coming weeks. Limerick has the Embrace that is needed to show solidarity and support to all.
“Lots of people are out there wanting to help and many need help. We want now to help join the dots.
“Together, we have teamed up to make ours and your individual efforts most efficient.
“We are creating our own Limerick virtual Meitheal and mapping it all in one place – www.limerick.live.
The Limerick Leader, Liveable Limerick, Limerick Chamber, Limerick Post, Limerick Leader, Team Limerick Cleanup and Limerick Tidy Towns and the students of University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate are already on board. You can be too.”
What is the Virtual Meitheal?
Many years ago, communities in Ireland came together to help their neighbours physically – to save hay, to foot turf, whatever.
This time, we need to limit our gathering in person. But we can still work together.
This mapping initiative will use new technologies to allow us to help each other.
We are relying on everyone to get involved where they can.
Reinventing Fintan Walsh’s (Limerick Leader) great GE2020 map tool, we now have his #selfisolationhelp map for Limerick.
If you need help, to find an open pharmacy, to get someone to delivery you food, or you’ve run of gas for your heat and need someone to help, use the map to find the right help or volunteer nearby.
People have been letting us know already that they are available to help or are already actively doing so. We are starting to map them all.
Look and see if your neighbourhood is light on volunteers and put your hand up (virtually) to come on board and we can let others know you can help.
You can access the map here.
Email us on [email protected], follow @liveablelimk or any of our partners and we’ll try and make the connection.