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Over the last week or so, as the Covid-19 pandemic has spread and the city has moved closer to lockdown, social media has been full of individuals posting offers of help to those who might need it – those who are vulnerable, sick, self-isolating, lonely.

Groups have sprung up to coordinate neighbourhood responses. Artists and coaches are offering online classes.

Small businesses, meanwhile, struggling with the sharp dip in activity, have either closed and redirected what they have to help the city, or rejigged their services to make sure they’re offering what is needed, safely, at this time.

We, and, hoped it would be useful to try to draw the services, groups, and small business offers that have popped up in neighbourhoods into one place – creating a local directory for Dublin, which people can search and submit to.

It’s free to access and not behind our usual metered paywall.

We’ve currently around 50 entries, but it’s a work in progress and we’d love it if you’d help us add those offers that you’ve seen, and think would be useful. There’s a button for that on the page.

You can find the directory here.

We’re also conscious that being online has its limits, so any help spreading the word about the directory offline – so that we can make sure it reaches those who might find it useful – would be great, too.

If you’ve questions, don’t forget you can reach us at We’ll do our best to get back to you promptly.

In the meantime, take care of each other and yourselves.

Lois Kapila

Lois Kapila is Dublin Inquirer's editor and general-assignment reporter. Want to share a comment or a tip with her? Send an email to her at

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