Today's Spring Equinox, proclaiming a season of rebirth and fertility, will pass relatively uncelebrated as the country wages war on the coronavirus pandemic.
Like the entire country, I am preoccupied in doing my bit to delay the spread of the virus by complying proactively with the directives issued by Dr Tony Holohan and his team of experts.
Still, the Spring Equinox gives me a timely psychological boost of longer days, better weather and outdoor exercise. The trees are beginning to bloom and summer time begins on Sunday, March 29.
Warmth, growth and greenery is returning. Birds are singing and building their nests while animals are mating and producing offspring.
It’s wonderful to listen to lambs bleating in the fields and to marvel like Wordsworth at ‘a host of golden daffodils, beside the lake, beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze’.
The Spring Equinox whets my appetite for exercise, sport and outdoor life.
Tennyson maintains that in spring a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love.
My thoughts, however, are firmly focused on victory over the Covid-19 virus, on battling to retain my own and the country’s good health, on returning to a normal lifestyle and on indulging my passion for sport.
The Spring Equinox makes me appreciate how good it is to be alive.
Brendan Kennelly says it much better than me when he writes,
‘What constitutes a happy life?
A peaceful mind and a healthy body
No fear of death
And no desire to die’
I share that beautiful sentiment in solidarity with my fellow Irish and people the world over.
Stay safe and well.
Tralee, Co Kerry
Desperate times require a solution for all the world
A desperate time calls for desperate measures and Covid-19 requires desperate decisions at regional and global level.
Rich Europe is able to allocate billions
of euro to fight this menace and is ready to absorb an economic loss to the tune of trillions.
But all this can go in vain unless the problem is resolved globally. Iran is the next epicentre in waiting with the explosion of endless cases impossible to control under the current US sanctions.
Unless some medical waivers are given Iran can face millions of deaths in coming months and its ripple impact will be disastrous on the seven countries which shares its border.
Lucan, Co Dublin
Varadkar’s speech brought home gravity of situation
To be honest, Leo’s speech caused me to feel a slight sense of angst.
Perhaps his speech was a clever piece of writing aimed at seeming ‘friendly’ while also instilling the gravity of the situation.
We will prove that not all superheroes wear capes
I am a 66-year-old diabetic so I’m considered one of the vulnerable in our society and yet it wasn’t until I listened to the Taoiseach’s broadcast last evening that I truly sat up and took notice. Although following all the advice with regards hand washing and keeping your distance, at the back of my mind was the thought we were making a mountain out of a molehill.
However, after his soft words delivered such a hard message I am totally aware of the danger facing all of us at this time, the calm before the storm was particularly jolting and made it all the more evident that we will have to take this threat seriously.
His statement that “not all superheroes wear capes” actually made me cry because I just know the people of Ireland will work together to help each other and we will prevail. Don’t we always perform best when our backs are against the wall.
Now is not the time to make changes at the top
We should leave the present Government in change as it is doing a good job, especially after dealing with Brexit and now the coronavirus. It has served for four years and surely another year in power will help to deal with above. So, no talks of change of Government until the virus has been eradicated
Swords, Co Dublin