Covid-19 stories: Have you a Coronavirus-related story or photo you would like to share with us? Then we would like to hear from you.
Over the next number of weeks, the Gorey Guardian will be highlighting how the Covid-19 crisis has impacted the lives of everyone in County Wexford.
From travel disruptions, cancellations of medical procedures, cancellations of weddings and parties to the challenges we are facing working from home, issues with childcare, etc.
We would also like to hear about the many good-news stories out there as communities rally together to help the vulnerable in these unprecedented times and get creative as a means of keeping spirits up.
So if you have a story to tell, or a photo to share, please get in touch with us via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meals on Wheels
It's business as usual for Gorey Meals on Wheels.
The team appreciate the many offers of volunteering received in recent weeks, the level of community support shown to the team is just incredible and the team appreciate the ongoing support.
The Gorey Guardian offices will be closed until further notice in the interest of public safety.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
If you would like your Gorey Guardian to be delivered to your home, too start your subscription or for further details phone 053 9140140 or email email@example.com.
Wexford County Council is providing a Community Support Call Centre Helpline with help and advice on services as well as how to limit the spread of Covid-19. The number to call is 053 9196000, with the lines open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
Naomh Éanna GAA is teaming up with Gorey Rugby Club and local volunteers in delivering the meals to people who are in need.
One generous local business, the Ashdown Park Hotel and the Amber Springs Hotel, has put chefs to work to prepare and provide hot meals to those who are in need during these difficult times.
The team are prioritising the delivery of meals to those who are unable to cook for themselves or do not have family or friends around them during this difficult time
If you or someone you know who may benefit from this offer, please call or text 087 9770497.
Market House Festival
Gorey's summer fair, the Gorey Market House festival, has been cancelled for this year and was due to take place over the August bank holiday weekend.
Organisers described the decision as regrettable but one that had to be made to ensure public health and safety.
The committee look forward to 2021 when the festival will go ahead.
In accordance with government legislation, all services are cancelled at Gorey Methodist Church until further notice.
Church services continue to be accessed on the Gorey Methodist Church Community website and Friends Facebook page.
North Wexford Hospice Nursing Trust was due to hold its annual barbecue after the success of last year's event at in the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey on the Saturday, May 9.
Unfortunately due to the outbreak and the current coronavirus pandemic restrictions, the event will be cancelled this year.
Organisers say that all going well, they will continue to hold the annual Hospice barbecue in the Amber Springs Hotel in May 2021.
The team ask you for your support at this time.
Gorey Agri Show
Gorey Agricultural Show due to take place in the Clonattin show grounds will not take place this year.
In its 161st year, this long running show was due to take place on June 20.
The show committee has begun preparing for next year's show, which is now expected to take place on June 19, 2021.
An online community website has been set up which seeks to document our experience of Covid-19 in Ireland and across the world.
Set up by one Gorey woman and a team of three friends, the site is now accepting any forms of writing that capture the lived experience of this challenging time.
Submissions can be letters, poems, essay, fiction or creative non-fiction to name a few, with the overall aim of documenting for future generations.
To find out more and get in contact, visit www.pendemic.ie or fill out the contact form at www.pendemic.ie/contact-us/
Naomh Eanna GAA have been busy posting social media videos of county players showing off their skills from home and ask you to contribute your own videos, which can be done online.
The club would like to say a big thank you to all the young people who have gotten in touch and shown off their skills while practising social distancing.
Gorey Comedy Club is not planning any more gigs at this time.
Organisers wish to respect the views of the audience, and assure people that when the next act comes to Gorey, attendees can feel safe in the environment and enjoy the best that Irish comedy has to offer without having to worry about external factors.
Further updates to follow.
Food Bank closure
Stop Gap Food Bank Gorey has taken the very hard decision to close the food bank at the Gorey Christian Assembly at Ramsgate Village until the Covid-19 situation eases.
Organisers feel this is the wise thing to do to support the national efforts to combat the virus, and they pray for friends who attend the bank to take care and keep in touch.
If you would like to chat with someone you know from the Food Bank, contact Matt in the first instance on 083 127 0026.
With the current restrictions in place across the country on health grounds, North Wexford SPCA will be restricting public access to the cats and dogs in their care and will not be taking in any more animals.
They ask people to make an appointment to come up and see the animals, rather than just turn up, and ask that everyone stay safe.
The NWSPCA hotline will remain open for advice.
The team ask if you love cats and a challenge? They are looking for fosterers to help with the 'challenging' cats who need a little more patience and TLC.
The team assure that this can be a very rewarding way to help pets get ready to be adopted, and appreciate your support throughout this crisis.
Bridge club closure
Seán Óg's Kilmuckridge Bridge Club have decided to suspend bridge playing, at Upton Court hotel for the foreseeable future.
Everyone really needs to heed the advice, take things seriously for the greater good.
Players will be updated by text and the committee thank you for understanding.
Gorey Musical Society
Gorey Musical Society has announced a new date for the musical 'Hairspray'.
Looking ahead, the musical will take place at Gorey Little Theatre from September 7 to September 12 2020.
The committee ask that you save the date.
The next event of the North Wexford Historical Society and all other society events are cancelled until further notice and the society apologise for this development.
This newspaper offers tribute pieces to bereaved family members within the local community who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one.
The service is available free of charge, and will be completed in a manner that is sensitive to your own personal wishes and requests.
Please contact the journalist whose details are listed above if this is something that interests you or something you would like to do.
All meetings and activities will stop until further notice.
The committee hope that all members are keeping well and following the HSE guidelines.
Members should ideally self-isolate as much as possible, order food online or by phone and have it delivered. However, plan ahead as there are long delivery times in most supermarkets.
If you are under 70 and have no underlying conditions and are going out, take hand sanitiser with you and use regularly.
Keep distance from others. Pay by card if possible to avoid handling money.
All at Gorey Active Retirement hope that the end will not be too much longer, and ask that you continue what you are doing and you will be safe.
Cancellations: Due to continued Covid-19 activity and closure of venues the following events are cancelled.
Spring break will be converted to an Autumn Break in Ballina from October 4 to October 9.
Payments made will be carried forward to autumn break, while the National Concert Hall refund will be paid when we meet on Fridays.
Tea Dance in Ashdown Park Hotel - a later date will be considered and notified if agreed.
All payments or refunds can be made at the Loch Garman Arms hotel when it reopens.
Gorey Library update
If you know someone who is elderly or vulnerable and is cocooning at home, they can now request a delivery of library books, audiobooks and DVDs from Wexford Libraries that will delivered directly to their door.
One must just phone Wexford Community Call helpline on 053 919 6000 and dial 1, and from there library staff will contact the person who is cocooning and organise suitable library material to be delivered directly to them.
All items are on long loan, there are no overdue fines or fees and access to the service is always free. Vist the Wexford County Council website for more details.
Local bingo online
Ballycanew Ballyoughter Development Association is looking at this coming Thursday evening for a round of bingo using either Zoom or Facebook.
If this is something you'd be interested in, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your scanned book, and you will receive an email back with instructions on what to do next.
New to Gorey women's group had been welcoming new members and usually meet every Friday from 10.15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in Gorey Methodist Church on Market Square.
The club is now suspended due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
Residents at the Courtown Hotel emergency accommodation centre are looking for clean dry materials to make face masks for vulnerable people and local nursing homes.
Old bed clothes are perfect for these masks. If anyone in the area has a few to spare, there is a bin outside of the hotel door where you can leave material for masks to limit any physical contact within social distancing guidelines.
Birthdays and anniversaries
If you are celebrating a birthday or wedding anniversary during lock down and would like to your photographs to be featured in this newspaper, reach out to the journalist by emailing email@example.com.
Gorey Community Support Group can help you or your family members during this public health emergency with no job too big or small.
If you know someone that needs help, please contact Michael Dwyer on 087 9770497 or Deasún Maclean Griffin on 087 3236821 or search Gorey Community Support Group online.