The Mayor of Galway, Mike Cubbard has come up with an initiative to help ease loneliness and isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mayor Cubbard has been reaching out to people in his community by writing letters with a personal touch. The response is said to be hugely positive.
It follows his recent call-out on local media for people to contact him with details of those who feel alone and isolated. Within days there were dozens of nominations.
Mayor Cubbard said he will keep reaching out to all those missing the embrace of a loved one, a regular family visit, or catching up with friends.
He plans to deliver surprise bouquets and chocolates closer to Christmas.