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Tuesday, 19th May 2020

Louth legends in big thankyou to volunteer heroes

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Two Drogheda legends, Colin O'Donghue (left) and Johnny Logan who expressed their thanks to local volunteers for their eforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yesterday, Monday the 18th May should have been the start of National Volunteering Week but, as with so many things during this crisis, it had to be postponed and has been re-scheduled for September.

However, the team at Louth Volunteer Centre wanted to mark the date by thanking volunteers and showing them how much they are appreciated by their community.

Gráinne Berrill, Manager of Louth Volunteer Centre, says “Volunteers have been playing an essential part in the response to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Every day, all across Louth, there are volunteers delivering groceries, meals, prescriptions and newspapers to people who are vulnerable or cocooning; there are children writing letters to older people; there are volunteers making masks to protect vulnerable people.

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“Voluntary services such as the Red Cross are bringing people to essential hospital appointments; not to mention people checking in on neighbours who are on their own and so much more.

“We couldn’t allow what should have been the start of National Volunteering Week, and the first day of the first phase of reopening Ireland, pass without thanking our local volunteers, who are legends in our own communities!”

So, the Louth Volunteer Centre team put out a call for local legends to say a few words of thanks and appreciation. The really positive response they received is a sign of the high regard volunteers are held in.

From the world of sport Ireland stars Steve Staunton and Rob Kearney were quick to send in a video, as did Louth GAA Captain Bevan Duffy and Louth LGFA Captain Aoife Byrne.

Drogheda United were also eager to express their thanks to volunteers in the community with Sean Brennan thanking volunteers for their ‘unbelievable work’.

They also had a fantastic response from the world of entertainment and the team were thrilled when they received a video from Drogheda boy Colin O’Donoghue who has played literal legend Captain Hook in Once Upon a Time and is now starring in The Right Stuff.

Zoe Conway, who entranced so many local people in the Fleadh Dome in Drogheda in 2018 and 2019 sent in a gorgeous video and apparently the levels of excitement were very high when the Louth Volunteer Centre team received a video from the legend that is Johnny Logan – especially with this being Eurovision Week - he even sang Hold me Now before thanking all Louth volunteers for looking after us all.

Louth Volunteer Centre launched their #LouthLandofLegends campaign on Monday across all social media channels @volunteerlouth.

They will also be sharing volunteer stories across the week and are inviting people to submit their volunteering stories, or stories of the difference volunteers have made to them.

You can submit stories, photos and videos on their website www.volunteerlouth.ie . If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer or if you are a community group or organisation who needs volunteers, you can contact the team at info@volunteerlouth.ie or 041 9809 008.

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