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A series of short concerts for people who are isolated at home due to the pandemic.

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We've become aware that a lot of people, many of whom had to cocoon, are still stuck in their homes since lockdown has been lifted. For some, it seems that they have become institutionalised and are afraid to leave home. Others are unable to even go to the shop now that more people are out and about . They feel it is more dangerous. Some of the protections, like designated shopping times, have disappeared.

We've heard stories of people being afraid that they may have “lost their walk”. Many people have said that their only outing, the thing they feel safe doing, is getting in their car to drive around the town, for a look, that’s if they have a car.

We've been told of old friends finally meeting and their shock at how their friends look. Shook, older, frightened. Their social scene has disappeared. No more dancing, at least for a long time, and by then, will they still be physically able? One lady said that there was no poin in inviting a friend or two for coffee, nobody would come.

We think we need to start a conversation around the difficulty people are facing, and try to find some practical solutions or initiatives to help people. Dr. Maire Finn and Bishop Willie Walsh have agreed to speak a little about their experiences to raise awareness of real struggle people are facing at this time. Bishop Willie said that he found the lockdown relatively easy and these times more challenging in some ways.

Mayor for Clare, Mary Howard is in touch with a lot of people and organisations who are seeing people isolated in our community as result of Covid 19.

It's really important that we start to reach out to these people ahead of Winter, and start to find ways that provide some support and contact. In an effort to try to give a little hope and light to people feeling this way, the idea of holding some small concerts/entertainment was born. Our churches are the largest spaces currently available for gatherings. The Ennis Cathedral has agreed to allow some of these concerts for the month of August on Tuesdays and Thursday at 2pm.

We are taking great care to ensure that all regulations are followed and have enlisted the assistance of the Civil Defence, who will ensure that everyone can be safe. Contract tracing information will be taken at the event. Hand santisers are available at all entrances/exits. Seating is identified at correct distances. Masks are optional. Civil Defence will be providing assistance to ensure safe access and exit from the event.

There is a limit to numbers allowed, so people will need tickets in order to attend. We expect that the audience will predominantly be over 60, however, there are other people in our community who would also benefit from these concerts Tickets free of charge and will be available at the Ennis Parish Office. 065 682 4043. If you can’t get in to collect them, we can organise to get them to you. …….

The concerts: 30/40 minutes

The venue: Ennis Cathedral

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm for month of August

Capacity 120 approx. people socially distanced.

The artists:

Tuesday 4th August : Monica Morgan & friends

Thursday 6th August: Mike Hanrahan

Tuesday 11th August: Spancil Hill Singers Club featuring: Denise Synott Whelan, Singer, Paddy Commane, Storyteller, Sean Lyons, Singer, Musician, John Condon, Singer

Thursday 13th August: Joan Hanrahan & Friends

Tuesday 18th August: Edel Vaughan & Friends

Thursday 20th August: Therese McInerney with Marian Curtin, Sharon Howley

Tuesday 25th August: Philomena and Michael O'Brien

Thursday 27th August: Helen Houlihan accompanied by Michael Hennessy

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