covid-19 pandemic

  • The noticeable increase in people walking, running and cycling over the last few months has been backed up by new Sport Ireland findings which show that an unprecedented numbers of adults in Ireland are now engaging in some sort of exercise.


    With the Covid-19 pandemic leading to a suspension of all organised sport as well as the closure of gyms and swimming pools, people have increased their activity levels with 51 per cent of the country currently participating in sport while an estimated 3.1 million people are regularly walking.


    Research conducted by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of Sport Ireland – which was spread over five phases beginning on February 28th – shows that 710,000 people are regularly participating in the category of exercise, 680,000 people are running and 510,000 people are cycling.

  • Record numbers of highly skilled volunteers have registered with the Mayo Volunteer Centre in recent weeks amongst the Covid crisis.

    Organisations with specific needs are being urged to contact the Centre to seek assistance and provide opportunities for volunteers with skills and qualifications in a wide range of disciplines.

    With offices in Ballina and Castlebar, Mayo Volunteer Centre is also working closely with Mayo County Council’s Community Engagement Section by co-ordinating the community volunteer effort.

    As well as on-the-ground volunteering opportunities, there are also opportunities to contribute remotely, where volunteers can work from home.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown of sport could cost the GAA up to €60 million Euro according to their Director General.

    Tom Ryan says two or three months without games is likely to have a "serious impact" on their finances due to the importance of gate receipts in their income streams.

    He added that they're considering playing the final rounds of the League in parallel with the Championship when games resume.

  • The Taoiseach has said he wants the country to go back to level three at the start of December.

    But Micheál Martin says he will look at certain sectors that may be given individual licence to open.

    This could include bars and restaurants which would be outdoor dining only under level three.

    Taoiseach Micheál Martin says they want to progress some opening of the economy in December.

  • The Taoiseach says he'd be surprised if there were fewer than one-thousand deaths from Covid 19 in Ireland.

    The death toll now stands at 19, and Leo Varadkar says his thoughts are with the families of the 10 people who passed away yesterday.

    The country's top health officials are meeting this afternoon to discuss Ireland's response.

    Leo Varadkar says we're still at the start of the pandemic, and that there will be many more deaths linked to the coronavirus.

  • The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that ten patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died, eight male and two female.

    Six deaths are located in the east of the country, three in the northwest of the country and one in the south.  

    The median age of today’s reported deaths is 77.

    There have now been 46 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 200 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, as of 1pm today.

    There are now 2,615confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.