Front-line workers in Cork and Kerry have issued a heart-felt video plea to their communities to continue to keep their guard up in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

In a new video launched today, the front-line workers remind everyone of what communities have achieved already by working together.

The video, an inter-agency project between An Garda Síochána, the HSE, Cork City Council, Cork County Council and Kerry Council features front-line workers from all the agencies explaining what they miss during COVID-19 restrictions. Although it’s difficult, they ask people in Cork and Kerry to continue to play their part.

The video will  be shared on the social media platforms of all the agencies involved.

The video features:

  • Ruth O’Brien a staff nurse from the CUH
  • Cliona Carroll, a speech and language therapist
  • Fiona Leahy of the Cork County Council Community Call helpline
  • Tralee-based Community Garda Aidan O’Mahony
  • Jonathan Finn of Cork City Fire Service
  • Aaron Williams of Kerry Civil Defence.

All have been working for and with their communities throughout the COVID-19 emergency. Today, they remind communities that although it’s hard, we all need to continue with the measures needed to stop the spread.

Speech and language therapist Cliona Carroll reminds everyone of the lives we have saved already, while Fiona Leahy asks them to think of the people who will still be with us this Christmas who might not have been. Community Garda Aidan O’Mahony says that this is the result of everyone working together, saying “We did that, and we did it together – because it only works if we all do it. We need to keep our guard up.”

Recognising that sticking to the restrictions is hard, Cliona Carroll says that she misses being able to give her Mum a hug, while Aaron Williams explains that he missed seeing his grandparents.


The shareable link for the video is: 

The full transcript of the video is as follows:

Ruth O’Brien, Staff nurse at the Cork University Hospital:

“Think of what we’ve managed to do already, by working together.”

Cliona Carroll, Speech and language therapist, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare:

“Think of all of the lives saved, the months and years of living we have given people.”

Fiona Leahy, Cork County Council Community Call Helpline:  

“That’s time with their families, time with their friends that would have been lost. I think of all the people who will still be with us this Christmas.”

Aidan O’Mahony, Community Garda, Tralee:

“We did that, and we did it together – because it only works if we all do it. We need to keep our guard up.”

Jonathan Finn, Fire Service, Cork city:

“It’s not easy, but if we drop our guard we can get the virus ourselves and we could even spread it to others.”

Cliona Carroll:

“I really miss being able to give my Mum a hug.”

Aaron Williams, Civil Defence, Tralee:

“I really miss seeing my Nan and Grandad. I’m sick of having meetings on Zoom, on Skype. I want to see people face-to-face. But I need to keep my guard up.”

Ruth O’Brien:

“Keeping my guard up means that I’m keeping the people I work with and my patients safe.”

Aidan O’Mahony:

“Look, this is really hard for everyone, but keeping my guard up means that I’m still here to support my community.”

Fiona Leahy:

“Help us, keep your guard up and hold firm.”

Fiona Leahy, Aaron Williams, Jonathan Finn and Cliona Carroll:

“Our communities need us to play our part.”

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