Ireland: Lockdown 2, Day 1

Ireland began a new country-wide Level 5 lockdown for 6 weeks at midnight as Covid cases have been spiralling upwards.

The sun is blazing outside and thankfully we can exercise within 5km of home.

It’s desperately tough on many people and my thoughts are very much with those who are feeling bereft, anxious, lonely and vulnerable.

Right now, I feel like one of the lucky ones but know there will be moments of darkness lurking in the weeks ahead.

I feel that nature and the arts are going to be vital and was thrilled when a parcel of books arrived in the post yesterday from my big brother who knows way better than most how to keep me buoyant.

So, I leave you with a few lines from Sheenagh Pugh’s poem, ‘Sometimes’:

Sometimes our best efforts do not go
amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen; may it happen for you.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

16 thoughts on “Ireland: Lockdown 2, Day 1”

  1. I hope you get through this newest lockdown! Being aware of your emotions is a good thing! Be kind to yourself in these dark times. Go out into the sunshine! 🍂

  2. Did the news report any of the details: hospitalizations, deaths, similarities of those testing positive, areas affected? There have been rumblings of some states here trying to do something similar, but even some Governors are resisting a Shutdown, Version II.
    Lack of transparency here is the main cause of people getting wary of this. A major North East University here in the U. S. just opened a special housing dorm and a “lock-down” due to a “spike” in positive test results of students. Upon investigation, no hospitalizations, no reported illness and, of course, no deaths. I’m not sure about the situation in Ireland, but something does not add up here in the States.

    1. Yes, we get a lot of information every day about all aspects of the progression of the virus. Ensuring that our ICU, which is quite limited relatively speaking is not overwhelmed, is a major concern as is protecting older people.

  3. I think perhaps it will be easier this time around as everyone knows what to expect. Also, assuming the figures tell the right story, there will be a gradual relaxation in a few weeks. Here in Jersey we’ve been lucky but the figures are creeping slowly up now and restrictions are tightening up a little.

    1. Sorry to hear cases are increasing there, Roy. There has been little mention of Jersey in all of this.
      Still a lot of muddle up over what exactly this lockdown means for various sectors so that needs to be ironed out.
      The darkness could prove to be a positive or a negative. Remains to be seen.
      Mind yourself!

    1. Thanks Marland. I think it’s actually more of a challenge to be trying to duck and dive the virus when there are less restrictions and people everywhere, especially flocking to our lovely coastal town.

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