Gardai took time out of policing duties yesterday to surprise elderly residents at a nursing home with a special Easter treat.
Residents and staff at Cramers Court Nursing Home in Belgooly, Kinsale, Co Cork, were thrilled when a group of community gardai delivered a batch of Easter eggs and a special delivery of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), donated by Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Cramers Court Nursing Home activities co-ordinator Teresa O'Donovan said the delivery lifted the spirits of all 66 residents at a time where family visits are restricted due to the ongoing health crisis.
"There was great excitement across the home, from both staff and residents, to see the community gardai arrive up with their sirens on, delivering the essential PPE equipment and an assortment of Easter eggs," she told the Herald.
"It was such an incredibly kind gesture and showed such community spirit.
"We cannot thank Thermo Fisher Scientific enough for thinking of us at this time."
Garda Damien Craven and Sergeant Sean Murray also stopped by to say hello to the residents from behind the nursing home windows.
"With visitor restrictions in place in the nursing home, this small gesture of a wave and a quick chat, along with the delivery itself, brought a smile to the face of everyone that was there," Ms O'Donovan said.
Meanwhile, garda stations nationwide have been inundated with sweets, chocolate, cakes and children's drawings as a token of appreciation for the hard work that has been put in over the course of the coronavirus crisis.
A garda spokesperson said gardai appreciate the kind gestures from members of the public.
"An Garda Siochana will continue to gratefully accept and appreciate the volume of small personal hospitality gifts... from individual members of the public, in particular our younger citizens," the spokesperson said.
"An Garda Siochana will advise, refer or divert any offers of hospitality received from commercial companies to more worthy causes at this time."
These include "charities, voluntary groups and our frontline colleagues in the health service who... may not be in a position to avail of catering and hospitality", the garda spokesperson added.