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Monday, 30th March 2020

Drogheda shows its caring side

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An anonymous message for the people working on the frontline at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

Despite reports of vile behaviour from some quarters by selfish, unthinking numbskulls, the people of Drogheda have shown their true colours in the first few days of lockdown.

Some kind person went to a bit of effort over the weekend to pin a tricolour to a disused billboard at the corner of Windmill Road and Cross Lanes with a message thanking the frontline workers across the road in Our Lady of Lourdes.

Hopefully, the staff at the hospital will see this message as they arrive for their shift and again as they leave after a long hard day’s work and know that their hard work is appreciated by everyone.

We’re rediscovering the pleasure of looking after each other. Social media is once again becoming a place with heartening stories of human kindness.

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Nothing major, just ordinary people looking after older and vulnerable neighbours or family members. Cocooning is what older people should be encouraged to do all the time.

Okay, when this battle is won we can let them leave their homes now and again but in the meantime we must look after them! And, guess what, it’s very enjoyable.

Also you can learn a lot by chatting with people that have come through challenging times in the past.

Usually life gets in the way. Sometimes getting little Johnny and Mary to school becomes the most important thing in the world and we fail to notice that the little old lady/ man next door or up the street could do with having some shopping brought home.

But we’re learning fast and over the weekend there were some signs of us reverting to the old caring habits we used to have.

Please also consider the people who are working their butts off to make life easier for the general public. That’s all of the emergency services personnel, Gardaí, fire service, doctors and nurses.

Thankfully most of us haven’t had to avail of their services but there is one group of workers who we all need all of the time, and that is the people toiling away in our shops.

They’re under extreme pressure at the moment so a kind word or a nice gesture would make a huge difference to them as they serve you.

If we can keep this up we will emerge at the other end a stronger, more connected and definitely more caring community.

Stay safe everyone and here’s a message from a local graffiti artist:

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