Empty streets in Dublin city — courtesy of Jordan Harrison on UnSplash

With so many events set aside, what did we, as a nation, do?

Beware the Ides of March? — Well, it was the 12th for Ireland

Reviving the country and our lives

7 min readJul 29, 2020

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The Ides of March is the 15th March, considered unlucky especially for Julius Cesar, but the 12th of March is a date etched in the brain of many Irish, it was lock-down day and affected so many, even St. Patrick!

Schools, cultural establishments, large gatherings all cancelled, even our normal week of festivities for our patron saint and national holiday (17th March) made null and void for 2020.

Nearly two weeks later as the situation worsened with practically all business closed, a worrying time for all. Listowel Writers’ week went online, and shock-horror! even our delightful The Rose of Tralee was cancelled for the first time in its 61 years history! My beloved rugby and GAA sports were left with their competitions and leagues incomplete. The pubs were closed — yes, an Irish person is telling you this news, our pubs were closed, need I say more?

With so many events set aside, what did we, as a nation, do?

Our elderly and those with health conditions were asked to “cocoon”, and contact with people outside our homes discouraged or kept to a minimum. With Gardai (police) given extra powers to help enforce these measures, there were a couple of instances when those extra powers were needed, not many thankfully. Our Emerald Isle is friendly and welcoming but we’re fighters too, determined to save our people.

Our Health Service launched a campaign Be on call for Ireland”. It was so successful with 72,000 applying from within and outside Ireland — our diaspora arrived home, once they self-isolated for 14 days, they worked in all aspects of the health service.

By late April, we got the news that the growth rate of the Covid-19 virus had reduced “as low as can be,” so we slowly reopened the country in May. We’re in phase 3 of 4 (originally 5), with phase 4 now delayed to 10th August, but it’s worth it.

If you disagree with our national plan, pop over to twitter and rant away, on your own account of course. Just Joking! I’m always open to debate and constructive…

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Lj Ryan

Working in Sales Admin but practiced life under many other careers. Proud member of The Independent Irish Authors Collective, writing is Lj’s life after family