The people of Fingal are waking up to a St Patrick's Day like no other in living memory.
The streets will be empty, not filled with the usual revelry and pageantry of the St Patrick's Day parades we are used to in our towns and villages across the county.
Even the pubs will be shut and the pints will stop flowing as the implications of the Covid-19 virus for the way we lead our daily lives suddenly become real.
But hope springs eternal and communities across the county are proving their resilience by coming up with novel ways to take care of their more vulnerable neighbours in this time of need. GAA clubs like Fingal Ravens have set up a rota of volunteers to visit and deliver food and medication to the elderly and sick in the area. Community councils like the one in Garristown are taking on similar initiatives as are residents associations across the county. We can all play our part. Life is set to change beyond recognition for a time but with a sense of community and respect for the medical advice, we will get through it.