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Perhaps some risks are worth taking - for life to still be worth living, we need at least to start discussing it

Dr Ciara Kelly


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Earlier last week, I noticed some neighbours standing outside in a group. There was social distancing. They maintained the two metres. But five of them stood, chatting for a good while. The new normal I thought to myself.

Socialising on the street is a recent phenomenon and in a country with weather like ours it's still a slightly unusual sight. A man ran past my house with a camera on a tripod. He stopped at my gate, planted it and focused on the street. Curious, I realised up along both paths there were people standing. All keeping that now-familiar distance between themselves.

And then I saw why. Slowly proceeding up the road was a hearse. Mourners walking behind it. Some with heads bowed. Some were visibly upset. Some nodded and occasionally smiled to those lining the pavements to pay their last respects.