Thursday 22 February 2018

Warmed by acts of kindness in big chill

Although the effects of the weather conditions of late have been mostly negative, with businesses struggling to open, long traffic delays and school closures (a positive in some eyes), the 'big freeze' has also brought about a touching camaraderie.

On Thursday night, RTE news showed locals in rural towns shoveling ice and snow on the roads and pushing cars struggling in the sludge. One man in the west, with the aid of his tractor, towed articulated lorries stuck on the outskirts of his town. And just this morning, calls into radio stations from people thanking a number of bus drivers and taxi drivers for their patience yesterday were heartwarming in this otherwise chilly period. We have always been a nation of caring and giving people, and although we lost some of that, along with our identity, over the last decade we seem to be getting it back. May it continue -- the camaraderie that is.

Damien Murphy
Raheny, Dublin 5

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