Global authorities reacted with alarm on Friday to a new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa, with the EU, Britain and India among those announcing stricter border controls as scientists sought to determine if the mutation was vaccine-resistant. https://t.co/uJjWHfjdQFpic.twitter.com/I40kMWwbEp
Property developer Johnny Ronan in Capetown, South Africa
Following on from the circulation of a video of property developer Johnny Ronan in Capetown, South Africa…
Tom Lyons, in The Currency, reports:
Johnny Ronan, one of Ireland’s most successful property developers, has apologised after a video went viral in recent days showing him joking with friends three months ago about Covid-19.
The video spread unexpectedly on Whatsapp this week before leaking onto other social media. At the time it was made by double Olympic cyclist Philip Cassidy on February 29, it had been shared only to a small group of friends before somehow it spread more widely.
Cassidy is a friend of Ronan, who is also a keen cyclist, and they were on a cycling trip together in February in Cape Town, South Africa prior to Covid-19 reaching Ireland.
— Padraig O’Reilly Photographer (@padraig_reilly) May 6, 2020
Capetown, South Africa
Sun-grizzled property developer Johnny Ronan self isolates.
What a complete and utter character.
Pretty disappointed and shocking to see property developer Johnny Rowan and his friend former Olympic cyclist Philip Cassidy in Cape Town,South Africa making little of the #Covid19 when so many Irish families have suffered great lose. pic.twitter.com/CJVaTFSN4J
— Padraig O’Reilly Photographer (@padraig_reilly) May 5, 2020
Just published the full story of that video featuring Johnny Ronan that was made three months ago and has now gone viral.https://t.co/9CL1RhAvJv
We chat with Hanna Hawkshaw, who launched her new single “Little Miss Sunshine” in the midst of the lockdown, and Rob Gill, director of the Richard Harris film festival in Limerick. In South Africa, there is no allowance for that daily walk and worse still, you cannot buy alcohol…
I thought some Broadsheet readers might be interested in the free Irish Premiere of Unearthed (feature documentary about the process of Fracking), which will be screened in Trinity College Dublin on Monday October 6 at 7pm as part of the 8×8 Festival.
Three players boycotted Ireland’s 1981 tour to South Africa, Hugo MacNeill (top), the late Moss Keane (centre) and Tony Ward.
The committee (South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee) said its chairman, Ambassador B. Alporode Clark of Nigeria, had sent letters yesterday to three Irish and two New Zealand rugby players commending them for their decision not to play for their national teams against South Africa.
The Irish team to play Scotland at Murrayfield a week tomorrow, is scheduled to tour South Africa in May and the South African team will play New Zealand if they tour there later this year. Their players, Hugo MacNeill, Tony Ward, and Moss Keane have told the Irish selectors they cannot travel to South Africa for moral reasons.