So Near and Yet …

Dunmore East, Co. Waterford

There’s a host of gorgeous places within a radius of about 10km of my Tramore but they might as well be across the Atlantic now that we are in a 5km lockdown situation.

I know I will appreciate them all the more when the restrictions are lifted and that they will be as beautiful as ever.

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.

19 thoughts on “So Near and Yet …”

  1. To stop movement of people and encourage them to stay at home so that the transmission of the virus can be brought under control.
    Thankfully, it is working. Here in Ireland, restrictions were lifted early in December and by Christmas the daily cases had gone through the roof and now, unfortunately, we are seeing record numbers of deaths being recorded.
    My town, Tramore, is a very popular tourist place because of the the lovely beach and people were flocking here leading to huge problems re social distancing. We had the highest rates in the country for a while recently and our hospital has really struggling.
    I’d take restrictions any day rather than be living in a situation where the virus is rampant.

  2. We’re living under restrictions here too since before Christmas. No one allowed in your home that doesn’t live there. Really missing our daughter and grandchildren. Hopefully, all of this pays off

    1. Yes, same here re home visits.
      After the Christmas debacle, it seems like there was little alternative as the thing was spiralling completely out of control. It’s certainly very hard on many people, especially those who are living alone.
      Hearing about rule-breakers is absolutely awful especially when it’s clearly not for anything essential.

  3. Isn’t lockdown so annoying? I’m not limited to 10k (at least I don’t think I am!) but we have an 8pm curfew, which is also limiting.

    1. Clearly I would prefer if the whole thing just vanished but I must say I was relieved when the lockdown was imposed as Tramore was a hotbed for the virus and more people were coming here than on a hot summer’s day so it felt very unsafe and scary.
      Curfew hasn’t happened here but with pubs and restaurants closed, there is no one hardly out after 8pm in the dark.

      1. I understand what you’re saying, Jean. There are so many here who think it’s a load of hogwash (no doubt as they have no one close to them who has suffered).
        Honestly, I think the word just gives us that desire to want to be out later 😉

  4. I can’t understand the Super Bowl game and having all those health workers go to view it. This year we’re making little progress with the vaccine outlay getting it to the population and now we’re starting to congregate again. .Does this make sense? I know we want to show our appreciation to those who have been on the front lines but this is not the time to let your hair down…

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