As soon as Pat O'Sullivan saw what was happening in the supermarket on Thursday, he knew he had to help.
"My wife had been in shopping at the time of Leo Varadkar's announcement, and she got caught up in the melee of panic buying that followed," Mr O'Sullivan said.
"She rang me for help. I couldn't believe my eyes. There were several old people in there struggling, too many to help."
Mr O'Sullivan is the managing director of Master Chefs, a food catering company based in Ballysimon, Co Limerick.
His business is already directly suffering from the closure of 10 restaurants this week because of the coronavirus. Despite that, he has decided to offer to deliver free meals to elderly people in the mid-west of the country who may be suffering from food shortages.
Mr O'Sullivan said his company had experience providing food to nursing homes, and has a system in place to leave boxes of food outside the door to limit contact. "We have transport sitting outside the door. This thing will come and go, but we just feel we have a responsibility to help where we can," he said.
Mr O'Sullivan is one of a number of people who have stepped forward to offer help as the country struggles to deal with the consequences of trying to minimise the spread of the virus.
In Sligo, staff at the 'Sligo Weekender' local newspaper were struck by how afraid their older readers were.
"Local people are our bread and butter, and they pay our wages. There are old people now who are afraid to leave the house," owner Dorothy Crean said.
Ms Crean and her staff offered to drop groceries to any elderly people who were too worried to go shopping themselves. On Thursday, 30 people had contacted the paper asking for help.
By lunchtime yesterday, they had been contacted by 30 more.
Hotel Doolin, in Co Clare, is also offering to deliver free food to older people, or those with pre-existing conditions.
Neven Maguire, the celebrity chef, has been preparing food at his award-winning MacNean House and Restaurant in Cavan to give to local elderly people.
Maguire also offered to send recipes for bread, soup and pasta to families stuck at home and has already had more than 200 people email him.
In Dublin, Sean Drugan is holding a table for two at his Vintage Kitchen restaurant for nurses and doctors who want a free lunch or dinner.
"We're going to do this for as long as we can. We want to make things better, in a small way," Mr Drugan said.
Laine, My Love, a coffee shop on Talbot Street, Dublin, was down on sales yesterday as people worked from home. Caitlin Chillingworth, a manager at the cafe, took the unsold sandwiches and made extras to donate to Inner City Helping Homeless. "On a normal day, we'd be sold out. It's good to do your bit to help," Ms Chillingworth said.
Will Sliney, who has worked as an artist for Marvel for eight years, is trying to help keep children occupied by setting a daily art challenge on Twitter. Mr Sliney, who has worked on blockbusters like 'Star Wars' and 'Spider-Man' from his home in Ballycotton, is using the hashtag #WeWillDraw. The first challenge, of course, was Spider-Man.
"It's a fun thing people can do from their home," Mr Sliney said.