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Front-line workers in Kilrush have appealed to residents of the West Clare town to “mind your music” as it has affected their sleep.

Carers who work nights in hospitals and nursing homes have alerted politicians and volunteers of their struggle getting to sleep during the day because of the loud music emanating from different houses in Kilrush.

Current COVID-19 restrictions has resulted in individuals not deemed as being “essential workers” working from home where possible. Schools and colleges are also closed with individuals unable to go further than 2km from their place of residence only to go shopping.

Clare TD, Cathal Crowe (FF) was contacted by a front-line worker about the matter on Tuesday morning. “He and other colleagues who are working flat-out at these challenging times are finding it hard to get rest during the day due to blaring music from neighbouring houses. It’s a small request, please be considerate to your neighbours, especially those who are front-line workers at this time of crisis. Turn down the music”.

“Some people are treating everyday like a weekend,” a Kilrush volunteer told The Clare Echo. Volunteering twice a week, the individual said carers are having “big issues” with loud music emanating from a lot of homes. “There are front line workers in our localities who work nights as carers in hospitals and nursing homes who cannot rest during the day because of this”.

Kilrush representative, Cllr Ian Lynch (IND) has asked neighbours to be considerate during the restrictions. On Saturday, the Councillor two calls from different parts of the county relating to loud music, the phonecalls came from a HSE front-line worker and a volunteer. “While both appreciate how difficult the current restrictions are for people and recognise the fine weather is making it even more difficult. Everyone is making the most of the sunshine in the best way they can, barbeque, sunbathing and family time, all to be encouraged. However, some people are still working, many of whom are assisting in the response to tackle COVID-19.

“If you are lucky enough to be in a position to enjoy the sunshine, just show a little consideration for your neighbours. They might be working or might be elderly, keep your music down so they can make the most of their day too. They may be trying to catch some well deserved sleep or may be, just like you, out in their garden to relax and read the paper. Think of your neighbour and mind your music,” Cllr Lynch added.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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