There’s an extra reason to celebrate at The Castle Hotel as they reopen this Friday, as we name our final Blarney & District People of the Momth for 2020. Congratulations to the wonderful Margaret Carroll and Margaret Spillane!
Meals on Wheels has for many years been one of the quiet services that runs through our towns and villages, working with dignity to ensure that our most cherished residents receive a hot lunch and a chat, and never was this more important than this year when Covid19 struck and people became isolated from family and friends.
In Blarney the service came under threat as the existing group were working from a small kitchen that did not allow for social distancing nor the volume of meals that were suddenly required overnight when people had to stay at home and cocoon, and families could not visit each other for the risk of spreading infection.
Margaret Carroll and Margaret Spillane, chefs who work at Blarney Castle Hotel, immediately stepped into the breach and since March this year have been preparing meals from the Castle Hotel kitchen, thanks to Ian and Una Forrest.
Nothing is too much trouble for these kind ladies who make sure that all dietary requirements are met, that every meal is different and interesting and are, as we go to print, preparing a special Christmas lunch for those they have kindly catered for since early this year.
At the height of the pandemic the amount of daily hot meals jumped from 25 to more than 90 per day, and this voluntary service is still delivering up to 50 hot meals every day to vulnerable people in our community.
This would not have been possible without assistance from Cork City Council and the HSE who immediately stepped up to ensure that this essential services was adequately resourced and supported, the fabulous volunteers drivers but most of all the two Margarets!