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I’m glad the time of wearing masks has passed. Making fear of dying the focus of living is a waste of your life

Ciara Kelly


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"Avoiding each other; covering our faces, our main means of expressing ourselves and interacting, would fundamentally change our society, and not for the better."

"Avoiding each other; covering our faces, our main means of expressing ourselves and interacting, would fundamentally change our society, and not for the better."

"Avoiding each other; covering our faces, our main means of expressing ourselves and interacting, would fundamentally change our society, and not for the better."

I’m writing this week’s column on a train as I set out from Dublin for Cork. In a not-very-climate-friendly confession, it strikes me I could fly to Lisbon quicker but Newstalk Breakfast has yet come up with a valid reason that would convince our bosses of the need to broadcast from Portugal, so Cork it is.

As I sit here watching fields and kitchen extensions hurtle past (I love looking into the backs of houses — the bit of your home the world doesn’t normally see!) I realise no one is wearing a mask on this half-full train and I’m actually glad.


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