Carla Rowe's life of structure and routine has been hugely affected because of the coronavirus outbreak - and with her Dad playing a key role as a front-line healthcare professional, she is well versed on the realities several people face. 

A childcare worker by profession, Rowe has been cut off from that regular stream of personal contact and care-giving, while her time with the Dublin Senior football panel is now a virtual experience, spent checking in remotely as they try to entertain each other with cooking classes and various exercises to maintain positive mental and physical health.

A month of no face-to-face contact with her Dad, Shay, is one of the toughest aspects of lockdown, but she knows his increased work with the ambulance service is vital to the well-being of hundreds of Dubliners.

"My dad is a fireman but years ago when he trained, he did become a paramedic too so he has always done some ambulance work," said Rowe.

"I think he is very like me: he takes everything in his stride. He is used to difficult and pressurised situations.

"It would be a worry for us. Dad wouldn’t be much of a worrier himself but I know his job is high risk. There is not much you can do. His job is to go out there and help people. That’s what they continue to do and they take every precaution. Hopefully that keeps them all well in his work.

"What’s hard on me and him is that I’m not living at home and he is obviously high risk for getting the virus. I have not been able to be in contact with him for the last five weeks. That was hard at the start, but we have been ringing each other regularly, and we’re hoping this won’t go on for much longer."

This week the LGFA, Lidl Ireland and Jisgaw teamed up to promote Jigsaw’s updated online service, which Rowe thinks is an excellent resource for children, adults and teachers.

"Stability has been taken from everyone in their daily routine which can be a big change, especially for young people. Sport, school and their friends are the core of their life; it can be difficult without it.

"A lot of the work Jigsaw had done was face-to-face and on the ground, which is brilliant, but with this situation they had to quickly adapt.

"They have had a 400 per cent increase in JigsawOnline demand since the Covid-19 crisis and they were able to meet those with services and support.

"With everyone not being able to meet up and have those conversions, being able to put all of those resources online and still provide their services for young people is fantastic."