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Friendly wave: Paddy-Joe Lynch beat the odds to defeat the virus at the age of 82

Friendly wave: Paddy-Joe Lynch beat the odds to defeat the virus at the age of 82

Friendly wave: Paddy-Joe Lynch beat the odds to defeat the virus at the age of 82

During the darkest of times, it was a photograph that became a beacon of hope.

It featured Paddy-Joe Lynch, in his dressing gown, being wheeled out of Sligo General Hospital after beating a virus he thought would kill him.

There he was, his face covered with a mask, with one hand triumphantly held aloft, celebrating his victory over Covid-19. Recovered. Smiling. Alive.