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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivers his address to the nation concerning the coronavirus crisis. Photo: Mark Condren

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivers his address to the nation concerning the coronavirus crisis. Photo: Mark Condren

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivers his address to the nation concerning the coronavirus crisis. Photo: Mark Condren

It was a weekend like any other in the United States, the UK and elsewhere, but in Ireland it was St Patrick's weekend, a time for national celebration, sometimes raucous, always uplifting.

But March 17, 2020, was like no other at home. That evening the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, came on national television to address the nation on the fight against Covid-19. He was watched and listened to widely. In homes around the country that night, and the following morning and into the week, the mood was noticeably different, almost like a changing of the light.

The opinion poll published in this newspaper today was taken in 20 countries worldwide, including Ireland, in the hours and days that followed Mr Varadkar's address. In that context, then, it is perhaps not surprising that the huge level of concern to be found among Irish citizens was registered at 61pc, just behind China (62pc) and way ahead of the UK (25pc) and the US (24pc).