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This St Patrick’s Day, on our anniversary of lockdown, let’s raise a glass to ourselves

Colette Browne


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St Patrick's Day Parade 2019. Photo: Niall Carsons/PA Wire

St Patrick's Day Parade 2019. Photo: Niall Carsons/PA Wire

St Patrick's Day Parade 2019. Photo: Niall Carsons/PA Wire

St Patrick’s Day, this year, will be different. There will be no parade, no live music, no singing, no dancing, no pubs and no parties with friends and family. For the second year in a row, our national holiday has become a nondescript day, just like any other.

It’s easy to feel weary from it all. The nightly Covid updates, the lack of progress with the vaccine programme and the seemingly never-ending lockdown stretching out ahead. The false dawns, and uncertainty about when this will end, have chipped away at many people’s reserves of strength and energy. So, if you’re not feeling very festive today, don’t beat yourself up. If there’s one lesson we have learned, it’s that it’s hard to maintain high levels of enthusiasm during endless months of pandemic mundanity.


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