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Limerick’s COVID-19 volunteer response calls double in ten days

first_imgDonal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsLimerick’s COVID-19 volunteer response calls double in ten daysBy Meghann Scully – April 9, 2020 438 TAGSCoronaviruscovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postvolunteeringvolunteers Print Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Previous articleDebenhams closure a ‘major loss’ to LimerickNext articleGardai seize 11 vehicles in 24 hour period at COVID-19 checkpoints in Limerick Meghann Scully Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook The Limerick COVID-19 Community Response has kicked into action this week, with daily calls to the helpline from those most vulnerable to the Coronavirus pandemic almost tripled from its first few days.Ten days following the launch of the initiative – led by Limerick City and County Council with the support of An Garda Síochána and the HSE and backed by up to 40 sporting, community and religious groups across the city and county – the Freephone 1800 832 005 helpline number is receiving up to 70 calls each day from people looking for support across Limerick city and county.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And organisers of the volunteer programme are expecting these numbers to rise considerably next week when a booklet (The Community Call) explaining the service lands in every household around the county.  The service runs seven days weekly, from 8a.m. to 8p.m.Speaking today, Anne Rizzo of Limerick City and County Council, who is coordinating the programme, said that they are more than ready for the spike thanks to the incredible groundswell of support from volunteers.“We’re really thrilled with how things are going so far and in the midst of all we are going through as a nation, to have a response like this taking flight as it is gives great encouragement and hope.“In the first five days of the service we were averaging about 25 calls per day but now we are up to 70 per day and that’s going to grow next week when a booklet arrives to every household dwelling of any sort letting people know of the service and with all the contact details,” she said.“So far, we have been promoting the service on print, broadcast and online media and on social media and have got great traction on our promotional video but a lot of people who are isolated because of their vulnerability to the virus still may not be aware of the service.“The Community Call booklet will do a lot to address that as it will not alone get to the people who may need support but also their loved ones who, in turn, can activate the service on their behalf.”Anne also said the most common ask of volunteers is the collection of prescriptions. “Yesterday, for example, we had 63 calls and nearly half of them were regarding collection of prescriptions.“Five were for groceries and a small number also regarding social isolation; people wanting to be checked in on. There were a number of sign-posting calls, people looking to know about other services and information and these are extremely important also.”Regarding the volunteer piece, she said: “Through the GAA, FAI and Munster Rugby and local rugby clubs, we have well over 300 volunteers already signed up. But then we have had hundreds of more calls on top of that from volunteers.“These include from businesses who are offering their services for free and we are so grateful to these. Some of the offers are specific to what the businesses do themselves but others are just offering their time and their vehicles.“This is all so encouraging. Limerick people collectively have put their hands up and said they want to help. It says a lot about them. People from all areas of the city and county, from all backgrounds, male and female.“We really couldn’t be happier and we are ready now for any spike in activity over the coming weeks and months. Ultimately, we are going to have to protect those most vulnerable to the virus for quite some time yet and we will be here to do that as long as is needed.”The Limerick COVID-19 Community Response is based at Munster GAA headquarters – home also of Limerick GAA – and can be contacted on FreePhone 1800 832 005 or [email protected] for support. For people wanting to give their time to the support network they can register on Limerick.ie or email [email protected]#LimerickEdgeEmbrace #HowLimerick #CommunityCall #MidWestTogetherlast_img read more

Poet Laurete snubs Oxford poetry post

first_imgPoet Laureate Andrew Motion has declared that he is not interested in becoming the next Oxford Professor of Poetry and added that he thinks the “position at Oxford is in drastic need of an overhaul”.The role, which is regarded by many as the second most prestigious of its kind in the literary, is currently filled by Christopher Ricks whose term of office ends this spring.Motion had been tipped to succeed Ricks in the post, but in an interview with The Evening Standard, the Poet Laureate lampooned the Oxford professorship, arguing that it has been “outflanked by creative writing courses. The pay’s too little, the teaching requirements too vague, and the voting system simply farcical.”Oxford University’s Head of English, Sally Mapstone, defended the value of the position and suggested that the professorship provided a unique opportunity for poets: “Although it may seem eccentric and antiquated in its construction, [it] actually it works very well. Would a poet want a full-time job? It leaves a poet free to write and think.”She emphasised that the relatively low salary was simply the reward for providing three lectures a year. “Christopher Ricks’s lectures have been wonderful and have had enormous audiences.”There are, however, a number of other poets who are currently considered to be potential candidates for the professorship. They include Ruth Padel, a former classics lecturer at Oxford and the great-great-grandaughter of Charles Darwin.Carol Ann Duffy and Anne Carson have also been cited as also potential contenders, but Sally Mapstone commented that there was still plenty of time for new nominations to arrive.“We’re dealing with poets here, who are not the world’s most organised people. Let’s not forget that there are all sorts of interesting new poets out there. I feel we should be throwing the net as wide as possible” she said.Michael George Gibson has also announced that he will be applying for the role. On his website he states, “I have a special insight into the rhythmical nature of all English poetry which I am developing and demonstrating through performance.”Prospective candidates for the professorship are currently elected by graduates of the University to serve a five year term. Nominees must register the support of sixteen former students by the end of April to be eligible for the post. If required, an election will then be held.The appointment comes with a salary of £6,901 per annum in return for providing three lectures at the University. They must also provide the ‘Creweian Oration’, a declaration of thanks to the University’s benefactors.The position was established in 1708 followed a bequest to the University. Previous holders have included W.H. Auden and Seamus Heaney.last_img read more