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Liz Kearney


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Youthful exuberance: ‘It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that a nation half-crazed from six months of cancelling everything was never going to react well to other people refusing to cancel, well, their youth.’

Youthful exuberance: ‘It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that a nation half-crazed from six months of cancelling everything was never going to react well to other people refusing to cancel, well, their youth.’

Youthful exuberance: ‘It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that a nation half-crazed from six months of cancelling everything was never going to react well to other people refusing to cancel, well, their youth.’

They say that the camera doesn't lie. But it rarely tells the full story either. The amateur videographer who filmed the by- now infamous footage of crowds of young revellers at Spanish Arch in Galway captured a moment in time: a perfect tableau of youth, freedom and normality that set the stage for the rest of us, locked away in our houses with only Netflix, a bottle of hand sanitiser and a spiralling sense of self-righteousness for company, to spontaneously combust with rage.

It shouldn't really come as a surprise that a nation half-crazed from six months of cancelling everything from trips to the Canaries to family communions was never going to react well to other people refusing to cancel, well, their youth. But the level of vitriol directed at the young people involved was nevertheless astonishing. They were hanged, drawn and quartered in the court of public opinion.


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