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Just like the rubbish in Newry Canal yesterday seen in the photograph below, the Covid-19 pandemic has the capacity to overwhelm us with negativity and doom and gloom but it does no harm to stop for a moment and reflect, that just as in the photograph, even though there is a lot of horible incessant Covid-19 clutter in our lives at the minute there is still beauty all around.

In fact we know only too well that it is in a time of crisis that the best is brought out in people. You really can choose to concentrate on the beautiful swans rather than the litter.

The clutter might be there on Newry Canal but the swans are still beautiful! Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
The clutter might be there on Newry Canal but the swans are still beautiful! Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Yesterday we took our regular walk down the Newry Canal towpath and it was obvious to see that numbers using the facility have increased incredibly in the past few days, the young lads, the couples, the parents with prams, the dog walkers, the solo 'clear the headers', the cyclists, all out in force.

What was noticible was that everyone said hello and had a smile. It's like 'we are all in this together so lets help each other get through this together!'

Climbing new heights on Newry Canal towpath. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Climbing new heights on Newry Canal towpath. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

There is nothing like a walk in the fresh air to calm the mind and thankfully even though Newry leisure facilities are closed there is still plenty of options available, from the towpath to the greenway to just walking the roads if you wish.

The towpath from WIN Business Park in Newry  gives you a chance to get away from the noise of the moment.

Yesterday during our walk we have never seen so many Robins in the hedgerows, the Swans were gliding gracefully along the canal without a care in the world.The ducks were out oblivious to their culinary popularity and the birds were singing - all the simple things in life that really do uplift us.

Robins everywhere on the towpath. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Robins everywhere on the towpath. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

One young fella was practising his tree climbing skills and doing pretty well, others were catching up on the crack and getting that important exercise.

It's only beginning but it  is essential that everyone gets into a routine of taking time out each day and get away from the 'noise' Leaving the mobile phone at home just for an hour will do no harm whatsover.

Already local organisations and businesses are stepping up to help as their day to day activities or work literally go down the tubes.

We are certain that this is only the beginning of a concerted Newry community effort.

Please feel free to share with us the good news locally and we will share with all. Our email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

100 Free Meals a Day

The Merchant Bar and Grill in Francis Street like many other hospitality businesses has closed for the forseeable future but they have decided to keep their kitchen staff to prepare 100 free meals a day for those in the Newry area over the age of 65 who may be self isolating. The initiative starts today and they already have all their slots filled with people collecting the meals from 4pm today.

Bosco Foodbank

St John Bosco GAC Club is also planning to set up a foodbank from this Saturday in the Bosco Social Club, Water Street.

This poor fella is a bit lost! Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
This poor fella is a bit lost! Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

The suggestion is that while you are doing your shopping buy a few items to donate to a foodbank which is going to be set up within the Social Club in Water Street. Damian & Eamonn are going to co-ordinate the club initiative from there.

Starting this Saturday they will be in the Social Club to collect any foodstuffs from 12noon to 3pm. Also, you can leave with them names/addresses/contact numbers of people who would appreciate a bit of help at this time. Also, if you can help out with the deliveries please let them know.

Examples of non-perishable items to donate include teabags, coffee, sugar, cereals, toothpaste, toilet roll, kitchen roll, nappies, wipes, soap, disinfectant, paracetamol, tinned fuit/vegetables, jam/marmalade, biscuits, sweets, sauces, dried pasta, pet food. (This is not an exhaustive list so use your own discretion when shopping)

As they add on their post there is no pressure to be put on anyone "This is a voluntary scheme for our members so please don't feel under any pressure to donate. We will keep you posted as we go along with regular updates as we want to keep the foodbank in operation for as long as it is needed."

 

 

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