With the country adapting to a new socially-distanced way of life, establishing and maintaining a healthy routine has never been so important. As well as minding our physical and mental health, it's important to fit some fun into our days.
With this in mind, we have pulled together some of the most positive, creative, helpful, interesting and entertaining activities to keep you going over the coming weeks.
1. Put the kettle on
Every year, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland raises money through its annual Tea Day fundraiser. Unfortunately, the 2020 event was cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid-19. To adapt to the current restrictions, the ASI has proposed that participants host a Tea Day at home over the phone or online, sharing their events on social media and donating €4 to the cause by texting TEA to 50300.
A big thanks to all of our Ambassadors who have supported Tea Day down through the years! Text TEA to 50300 to donate €4 & support the 500,000 people impacted by dementia in #Ireland #TeaDay2020 #TeaInEveryHome ☕ pic.twitter.com/bXgduvEUuT— The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (@alzheimersocirl) May 7, 2020
2. Have a laugh in Irishtown
Residents of the George Reynolds House in Irishtown have been enjoying a healthy (and distant) social life as of late. Hosted by local man Derek Buckley, tenants have enjoyed a series of family-friendly events including a Quarantine Quiz, Live Bingo, and various musical performances.
Now, to lift spirits even further, comedians Danny O'Brien and Damo Clark will be gigging for the whole block of George Reynolds House on Saturday night at 8pm. If you want to live stream the stand-ups, you can find them on Derek Buckley's Facebook page here.
3. Join Culture Club
Dublin City Council has moved Culture Club online with a full programme of events throughout May. From discussing the restoration of14 Henrietta Street museum to exploring abstract art within the walls of the Hugh Lane Gallery, you're bound to find something of interest.
Dublin City Council have announced that #CultureClub is now online! 👩💻— ⚖️Josepha ⚡️STAY HOME⚡️Madigan (@josephamadigan) May 7, 2020
A full programme of 20 events throughout May from @NLIreland, @14HenriettaSt, @TheHughLane @NARIreland & more!
There's something for everyone 🙌🌟
See 👉 https://t.co/Npq87fKTdw pic.twitter.com/qdph70l2ZQ
4. Explore the Titanic
Titanic Belfast have released their Multi-Media Guide audio tour online for free, enabling virtual visitors to explore the iconic Titanic Belfast building as if they were there. Check out parts one and two of their incredible tour online now.
⚓️ @TitanicBelfast Virtual Tour - Part Two! ⚓️— Titanic Belfast (@TitanicBelfast) May 7, 2020
We've added part 2 of our online tour for you to enjoy during #LocalHistoryMonth 👉 https://t.co/aH8TQSBack
Plus take a look at our video featuring some artefacts within the Titanic Experience galleries on this part of the tour! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/SwglG92UMV
5. Delve into cinema
While the cinemas of Ireland remain closed for the time being, the Irish Film Institute has released a new podcast for all you film buffs out there. Sadly, they can't provide the smell of warm, buttery popcorn but they can offer deep dives into your favourite classics as well as Q&As with filmmakers and actors.
6. Discover one of the world's oldest theatres
Nested in the heart of Milan, La Scala Theatre is both a symbol of this city and of performing arts at large. Today, the theatre teamed up with Google Arts & Culture to bring the largest Opera House archive online for the first time with images from opera shows, ballets, concerts, behind the scenes, sketches, rare scores and more.
7. Virtually visit Killruddery House & Gardens
Owned by the Earl and Countess of Meath, the plush gardens of Kilruddery House have featured in films including Angela’s Ashes and My Left Foot.
Now, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can click your way through 800 acres of the well-groomed grounds from the comfort of your couch.
The online virtual tour serves up a highlight reel of 360-degree panoramas detailing the main gardens, the orangery, and Beech Hedge Pond.
8. Watch Other Voices
Other Voices is a music festival that celebrates intimate gigs in unusual venues. In 2020, having to adapt to Covid-19 restrictions, organisers are streaming stream a variety of socially distanced gigs to hundreds of thousands of viewers worldwide.
Tonight, singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan will be performing from The National Gallery of Ireland at 8pm. Tune in on the Other Voices Facebook and YouTube channel.
We are delighted to bring you a very special live performance by @LisaHannigan tonight in @NGIreland. Lisa will be joined in The Shaw Room by special guests @musicbyloah & @blindstitchmus1— Other Voices (@OtherVoicesLive) May 7, 2020
8PM GMT here: https://t.co/3djN2NkZ3O
Thanks to @DeptAHG @Intel_IRL @rte#Courage2020 pic.twitter.com/lSK2iw3cdA