Musician Niall Breslin, also known as Bressie, has sent over 200 ukuleles to people who are cocooning as part of a unique online learning programme.

Dubbing it the 'Lockdown Ukulele Rockdown', Bressie worked with Music Maker in Dublin to source hundreds of ukuleles, with people then going on to sponsor the purchase of more to try to get a ukulele to as many people who wanted them as possible.

Blizzards guitarist Justin Ryan will be providing free ukulele lessons on YouTube every Wednesday for the next six weeks to teach the recipients, and anyone else with an interest in learning the ukulele, how to play.

Bressie came up with the idea while cocooning with his parents in his native Mullingar, Co Westmeath, after buying them a ukulele.

"I thought it would be nice to get these out to other people who are cocooning so they could maybe learn an instrument at this time, because its a really rewarding thing to do, learning an instrument," he said.

Bressie plans to tell the stories of those who have become involved in the project in an episode of his Where Is My Mind? podcast in June.

"Its been really enjoyable and I hope everyone enjoys them, and that by the end we have the world's biggest ukulele rock band tearing out some songs and that some good might come out of this," he said.