Fingal County Council’s Community Development Office has launched “Memory Makers – Reflections and Recollections Cocooners Special Edition 2020”, featuring inspirational poems and short stories from cocooners.
The beautifully designed publication celebrates the voices of cocooners in Fingal, reflecting and recollecting on memories, current or past events or fictional work inspired by these unprecedented times we are living through.
In March 2020, due to Covid-19, the Government advised older people or those who were classed as vulnerable to cocoon and remain at home in order to minimise their risk of infection. The Fingal Community Call Forum was set up in response to the Government’s request to assist the at risk members of the community to access essential services.
In response to this, “Cocooning – A collection of activities for those self-isolating” was developed by the COVID-19 Fingal Community Response Project. The collection is a collaboration between Fingal County Council, Age Friendly Fingal, Castleknock Community Centre Laurel Lodge, Blakestown Community Centre, Corduff Resource Centre, and Huntstown Community Centre.
One element of this publication was the Short Story & Poetry Competition, where cocooners were invited to submit a short story or poem capturing a memory or a special event that connected to what is happening in Ireland today.
The response was impressive with 39 entries received in the poetry section and 41 submissions in the short story category.
Two volunteer judges, Marie McCaffrey and Domhnall Drislane, selected three awardees in each category, and wished to congratulate everybody who submitted work.
The winners were:
- Tom Sullivan – “Come play here with me grandad”
- Peter Owens – “Cocooning in the lockdown”
- Rita Ennis – “Cocooning reflections”.
Short Story Category:
- Pauline Mooney – “Hello sweetness”
- Tom Reilly – “The morning after”
- Colleen Davey – “A Covid story”
Mayor of Fingal Cllr David Healy: “I would like to congratulate all those who took part in this wonderful publication which records and documents the creative talents of our cocooners.
“2020 has been a year like no other, and publications are so important and it provides an outlet for those whose lives were restricted during the year but also records the unprecedented times. I would also like to thank the two judges who carefully considered all the entries and had the unenviable task of choosing the winners.”
Chief Executive AnnMarie Farrelly said: “Fingal County Council’s Community Department has played a major role providing practical supports to people, particularly cocooners during the Covid-19 period, and this publication is a perfect example of that.
“I would like to thank all those who took the time to create and share their work in what is a wonderful addition to the Memory Makers collection, and which will be looked upon in years to come as a reminder about these times.”
This publication can soon be found in Fingal Libraries and the National Archive. A soft copy of the publication is also available on the Fingal County Council website.