Tag Archives: Lockdown

 Tonelagee Mountain, county Wicklow last Saturday


…Via Robin Monotti Graziadei:

Them: You won’t be able to attend a concert or football games

Me: I don’t mind

Them: You can’t go to a large shopping mall

Me: I’ll survive

Them: You can’t drink at the pub

Me: I no longer drink

: You can’t enter night clubs

Me: I don’t go out at night

Them: We’ll tell your employer

Me: I don’t have one

Them: We’ll take it from your salary

Me: I don’t have a salary

Them: You can’t go to your job

Me: I don’t have or want your job

Them: You can’t be in the city

Me: I prefer living out in nature

Them: You can’t go to McDonald’s or Burger King

Me: I haven’t in years anyway

Them: You can’t eat at restaurants

Me: I’ll order takeaway

Them: You can’t shop at large grocery stores

Me: I grow my own food and buy from local farmers

Them: You can’t be part of society

Me: I already checked out

Them: Your kids can’t come to school

Me: I’ll homeschool

Them: You’ll be on your own

Me: I’m surrounded by my family and tribe and all the people reaching the same conclusion all over the world

Them: You can’t choose for yourself

Me: I just did

Them: What can we tempt you with?

Me: Nothing


Detain him NOW.


Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

This morning.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.

Via Irish Mirror:

Minister Eamon Ryan has said there should be more “social life” outdoors soon, adding to the hopes for outdoor dining returning in May.

Momentum is growing among Cabinet ministers for a fast-tracking of the lifting of lockdown restrictions next month.

“It was a lovely weekend, my sense was that everybody was really respectful, they were keeping their distance, it was using our great outdoors in the way that we should and people pretty much adhering to the regulations was my sense, so we shouldn’t give up on that.”

Minister Eamon Ryan keen on outdoor socialising soon with hopes of significant May lockdown changes


Ireland sits in ‘the longest and most stringent lockdown in the Anglophone world’

This morning.

Via Michael Brendan Dougerty in The National Review:

…Some countries, like the United States, have never been as strict. Others, like Israel or New Zealand, took harsher and more stringent measures than Ireland ever did, but did so for much shorter bursts of time, with the aim of relaxation. Ireland, however, seems to have a lockdown perfectly calibrated to be a marathon of penitence, anxiety, and misery.

A brief relaxation is followed immediately by a terrible surge in cases, and the door slams shut again. It has never been strict enough to exit more thoroughly, as has been done in Australia and New Zealand, but the restrictions of daily life over 14 months have been much more difficult and emotionally taxing than anything known in America.

…The humiliation is close to home, too. The U.K. also had absurdly intrusive lockdown policies. But now, Northern Ireland, the part of the U.K. that sits on the same island as the Republic, has vaccinated nearly 40 percent of its population. Ireland sits just at 10 percent.

Why is it like this? Isn’t Ireland a land of rebellion? Beyond voices like Gary Dempsey, not really. Social critic Conor Fitzgerald has diagnosed Ireland’s political culture as suffering from an acute case of “goodboyism,” which he defines as “the tendency in the Irish establishment to ostentatiously direct themselves towards external sources of cultural authority over and before the Irish populace.”

Resistance to lockdown is associated with Donald Trump, or troglodyte Tory backbenchers. Ireland self-image is more enlightened and progressive than that. The Royal Irish College of Physicians made Dr. Anthony Fauci an honorary fellow this March. He proceeded to warn them against getting too frisky too soon. Pat on the head received: Good boy!

…On Easter Sunday, a priest said Mass on the rocks of Achill, where the Mass was said the last time a government in Ireland made saying it vaguely criminal. Two men in Dublin, both getting their 5k of exercise, met and brought lilies to the General Post Office, which was the site of Ireland’s great rebellion in 1916. They were conscientious men who would have no truck with lockdown skeptics.

But, for this patriotic act, they were hassled by the Guards. “You’re not exercising.” In fact, this gesture was an exercise of sorts. Commemorating that place on that day in Ireland summons people to contemplate the “unfettered control of Irish destinies.”

The most miserable lockdown in the Western world (The National Review)


O’Connell Street, Dublin yesterday


Daniel’s walking companion, historian Donal Fallon writes:

Yesterday I walked into the city ( within my 5km) and met a friend who did likewise (within his). We do this most weeks for exercise. As it was Easter we walked the city to the various sites. We decided to leave lilies, from a convenience shop on O’Connell Street, at the GPO.

Both of us were then approached by Gardai and had our details taken. We were exercising, within our 5km. People live in tiny apartments and need to get out and walk. The ability to go for walks is just about all that has kept me sane.

I’ve (mostly) supported the public health restrictions. I’ve tried my best and raised about 10k for hospitals and hospices despite my own livelihood being affected like many others. Dan likewise has done good. I’ve not seen my parents in 4 months. I’ve stayed within 5km. People are trying really hard. I see almost nobody.

Something changed in how this has all been policed since January. When you break absolutely no restrictions, but are made to feel like you have done something wrong, it is upsetting. It’s happening everyday to people.

I have tremendous respect for everyone working through this – as the son of a retired firefighter and care nurse I’m conscious of the stress all frontline workers would be under. But the atmosphere has to change. Most people are just trying their best, including us.

I think the bit that upsets me most about this is that what we did was a very simple little gesture. People are doing their best across Ireland, from care home workers to shop staff. A few lilies at the GPO just meant something would be marked even in this tough year.

Top pic: 1916 Easter Rising Tour

This morning.

Via On The Ditch:

Taoiseach Micheál Martin breached Covid-19 public health guidelines by attending an indoor event held in honour of his late father in Cork.

While at the event Martin told an attending garda to take off her face mask for a photo opportunity.

The event at Blackpool’s Glen Boxing Club went ahead when “no organised indoor gatherings should take place” under Ireland’s level-three Covid restrictions. The event lasted 45 minutes and was attended by at least 12 people.

Good times.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin breached public health guidelines at prohibited event honouring his father (On The Ditch)

Previously: Glen Boxing Club honoured with a visit from an old boxing friend – an Taoiseach Micheal Martin (Cork Evening Echo, December 14, 2020)

This afternoon.


This morning.

Blanchardstown, Dublin.


In fairness.