Marino Revisited, ten months into Covid restrictions

With the Taoiseach signalling this week that prime ranges of restrictions will stay till after Easter, how do the general public really feel about that prospect?

Early final 12 months, we spoke to the folks of Marino in Dublin about how they have been dealing with what have been then the comparatively new restrictions. Ten months on we’ve been again to see how they’re doing.

The seasons have modified, however Covid stays fixed.

We first met the Cheevers within the sunshine of final April, when the idea of cocooning was model new.  

Back then they discovered it powerful, and so they say it hasn't acquired any simpler.

I miss my membership, the lively retirement membership. I'm within the choir within the church and I miss that. I miss my buddies.

Dolores Cheevers says: ''I really feel a bit extra down this time than I did the final time we talked. Back then the climate was a lot nicer and we had the summer season coming in. We simply love getting out … we're not pretty much as good with the lengthy walks as we was once.''

Her husband Luke agrees. "This Covid, it's affected everything socaily. I miss going into town to listen to the trad music. I love the Irish Film Institute and the foreign films. I've been going to them since I was a young man and I miss them terrible," he says.

Dolores too misses not seeing her buddies. "I miss my club, the active retirement club. I'm in the choir in the church and I miss that. I miss my friends."

"I'd no idea that it (covid) would have such a devastating affect.  But we just have to put with it and fight it the best we can," says Luke.

For new mother and father Orla Heneghan and Kevin Birmingham the march of time is obvious to see. When we first spoke final April, their child Laoise was 4 months outdated – now she is a toddler with power to burn.

Back then the couple have been upset that they couldn't pop round to go to the grandparents. Now they’ve extra challenges too because the pair are each working from residence.

"The last five months have been a challenge," says Kevin. "We're trying to keep everything quiet, we're closing doors and alternating meetings so it's a logistic challenge for sure."

On working from residence and minding her little one, Orla says: "You form of get used to it after which from time to time you realise the way it's a bit like home arrest however we're positively in a routine.  

"I've found the happiest place I can find with balancing work and being a new mom and trying to keep myself sane."

"Yes, it's a bit of a challenge. There've been some fantastic highs with getting to spend so much time with Laoise but there have been some difficulties with being away from colleagues and family.  So it's been both positive and negative."

For the van Tonders final 12 months it was faculty or lack thereof was the problem – and so it stays.

For Fionn, who's in fourth class, it's his buddies from faculty he misses essentially the most.

"I miss it because my friends are there and they have your back and they're not here right now."

For Fionn's mom, Helen, lockdown this time round is more durable.

"I'm glad I didn't know then what I know now is the truth of it. I don't know what lockdown we're in. In fact I feel we're in lockdown since the last time we met… It's been hard. Homeschooling in particular with being a single parent and working from home."

When we final met the Orla McCaffrey, a Samaritans volunteer that day final April, she was predicting a busy 12 months – and so it proved to be. The charity obtained 300,000 calls, as folks struggled with the Covid-19 restrictions.

"We had a busy year", she says. "In particular [calls about] isolation, loneliness. People too speaking about unemployment and their ability to cope with that.  Mental health issues, missing families. The normal stuff, but just exacerbated by Covid."

And now with many extra weeks of restrictions to return the folks on this nook of Dublin – and elsewhere – will hope brighter days will comply with quickly after.

The Samaritans helpline is 116 123.

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