Lockdown in South Africa“They introduced 75,000 armed troops onto the streets to reinforce the regulations.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The pandemic-necessitated lockdown in Ireland has seen shops and businesses shut and people restricted to their homes where necessary and possible. And as restrictions are slowly eased, we may be, understandably, a little fed up with the working from home, the homeschooling and the frankly ridiculous amount of times the brown bin has to be emptied, but at least there …

Declan Ronayne of Woodie's“Our 1400 people haven’t been working for 7 weeks and they’re a little bit nervous about this new world when we come back.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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DIY stores have had to adapt pretty nimbly to the demands of their customers during lockdown, as people rushed to change the colour of the walls they found themselves looking at all day, every day. Hardware providers will have to pivot back again in a few days time, as the DIY-hungry social distancers of Ireland are unleashed on their stores …

The Black Death“It’s way worse than the famine in terms of catastrophe.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Will this pandemic lead to revolution? No-one knows for sure, but if the Black Death is anything to go by, there could be some sort of re-balancing of power in society. Fin Dwyer, creator and presenter of The Irish History Podcast, thinks we can learn a lot about what might be ahead of us from looking at medieval plagues and …

Flour Shortage“Right now at the moment, the Odlums plant is at 110% capacity. They’re working 24/7 for the first time in their history.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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For anyone who bakes regularly or for anyone who was thinking of taking up baking during lockdown, one vital ingredient has been harder to come by these days than toilet roll: flour. You want to make some bread? A birthday cake? Pizza with the kids? Not so fast. Everywhere you look, there’s only a dusting of white powder on the …

Covid-19 Frontline“It’s obviously awful for them because they can’t see our smile, all they can see is your eyes and it’s tough in that sense, but we get through it.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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In what seems like the distant past at this stage, there were many people who worked in very serious jobs but who also took time to have some serious fun. For Terrie McEvoy Fitzpatrick, the serious fun mostly involved her Instagram account. Terrie lived in Australia for four years working as a nurse and during that time she built up …

Nursing Home Death“It was this sense maybe it was creeping closer towards her and she was so vulnerable, really.”

As heard on liveline

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The death of a loved one is hard to bear at any time, but when you can actually see the threat approaching and yet can’t do anything to stop it, it takes on an extra level of sadness. Jane Carrigan’s aunt, Rose Hegarty, died from coronavirus in St Mary’s Nursing Home in Dublin and Jane spoke to Joe Duffy on …

Caroline Meagher, Milk Woman“I leave my house generally between 12 and 1 at night time.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The Coronavirus-related madness that surrounds us all has changed so many aspects of our lives, it’s sometimes hard to imagine that some things in the world continue, not entirely unaffected, but more or less the way they used to be. And that means that Caroline Meagher’s working day still starts around midnight. “I leave my house generally between 12 and …

Learning Music during Lockdown“You can pick up any instrument and realise some music out of it at some stage.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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As the sun shines on our mass incarceration, web pages are full of suggestions and admonishments about what we should or shouldn’t be doing with all the time we allegedly have at our disposal. And when we finish watching our twelfth full-body workout video on Instagram, we might ask ourselves how we could possibly find something else to do that …