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A meaningful Halloween, anyone?

Brendan O'Connor


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Homeschooling: we did it once, and we are pleased with ourselves for having got through it... but we’re not going back. Picture by iStock/PA

Homeschooling: we did it once, and we are pleased with ourselves for having got through it... but we’re not going back. Picture by iStock/PA

Homeschooling: we did it once, and we are pleased with ourselves for having got through it... but we’re not going back. Picture by iStock/PA

Irish people don’t mind a pandemic really, as long as there’s someone to blame. So the Covid is back because people aren’t using the hand sanitiser, Joe. And the pubs aren’t checking the Covid certs. And a fellah stood near me in the pub talking and drinking his pint. And there was a woman in the supermarket the other day not wearing her mask properly. Sure it’s no wonder the Covid is back. Everyone else — except you and me — was getting too casual about it. Stephen Donnelly even blamed the Brits!

Nowadays, we have this romantic notion about the pandemic times that we were all in it together. And we were, to a point. But it was also a time of shame and blame, when people lost their jobs for going on holidays and WhatsApp groups all over the country were tracking the movements of local schoolchildren and their families.


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