Ard Na Gréine Residents’ Association
In previous years our Spring Ayrwaves article would be talking about clean-ups, gardening and preparation for the Dublin City Council’s Tidy Neighbourhoods competition, but the Corona Virus has put that on hold.
Over the years the residents of Ard-Na-Gréine have transformed what was initially an ordinary estate, with significant teething problems, into one that is repeatedly regarded as among the best in Dublin.
We are currently facing an even greater challenge, but we have every confidence that we will not be found wanting. Those of us in our 70s will remember our parents’ harrowing stories of the tuberculosis plague in the early 50s, but it was eventually eradicated. If we follow proper medical advice, we will get through the current crisis, but we must follow official procedures on such matters as hand washing, social distancing and isolation.
Where appropriate and safe, we will continue to liaise with our contacts in Dublin City Council regarding ongoing matters, e.g. we have just received the following response regarding trees – “The contractor should be there this week if not already started. It is planned to remove the trees that are within 2-3 metres of street-lights this year. We will look at a replacement programme to start in 2021.”
The following is an appeal by our Lord Mayor Tom Brabazon and we are confident that in Ard na Gréine we will respond in our usual positive manner: -
“During this difficult time for our city and country I would like to appeal to a minority of people, particularly teenagers, who seem to be missing the point about the dangers of the Corona Virus. Please use alternative methods to face to face gatherings in order to stay in touch with each other. You can still talk to your friends, but do it through social media and apps such as FaceTime etc. If you gather in large numbers you are putting people’s lives at risk, especially older people such as your parents, grandparents and elderly neighbours.
As a city we are under siege by our microbial enemies but we can, and will, beat this disease. The question for us really is whether we’re all willing to play our part to help our city emerge from this crisis with as few casualties as possible. I am again calling on Dubliners, and visitors to our city, to maintain the absolute discipline of social distancing. I know people are tired of this message, but it needs to be repeated again because it, together with thorough hand washing, will save lives. Who amongst us would not want to be a hero and save one life?
I want to praise Dubliners for the community spirit that has been shown in recent days. We have seen brilliant initiatives like voluntary home deliveries for the elderly, shopping for the vulnerable, online exercise classes for children, virtual participation in the virtual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and community exercise with social distancing.
Just this morning I saw GAA clubs mobilising teams to get food to our most vulnerable. I have heard of people self-isolating on the chance that they may have been exposed. The hero inside each of us can be found only skin deep, we just have to look for him or her.
I know we can beat this but we all have to pull together.
Keep the neighbour assistance going, keep the social distancing going, keep the sanitisation going. Most importantly keep safe.
Keep well Dublin.”