Street celebrations are being reported in towns and cities across Ireland this evening after the government announced earlier today that Dubliners are being advised not to travel outside of Dublin. Extra measures to try to tackle the rise in Covid-19 cases in the capital are being implemented from midnight tonight and it seems people all over Ireland cannot contain their joy.
Thousands of people are currently celebrating on St. Patrick Street in Cork city centre and we asked local councillor Barney Fitzmaurice to sum up the mood.
“It’s unreal. This must be how our ancestors felt when they finally got rid of the Brits. Actually when you think about it that’s pretty much exactly what’s happening again. Up the rebels!”
All social distancing and other Covid-19 precautions like the wearing of masks seem to have gone out the window as people are clearly overcome with emotion. Tom Bergin runs the Shamrock Hotel in Galway and he joined the street party on Shop Street in the city this evening. He told us there are more important things to think about now than the coronavirus.
“I’ll gladly catch Covid if it means I can have a few jackeen-free months. Imagine! No arrogant obnoxious pricks talking down to you and laughing at your accent every time you open your mouth while asking you where you parked your tractor and if you’re riding your sister. I can’t believe this day has finally arrived. This is better than Galway winning the All-Ireland.”
Dubliners meanwhile say they don’t know what people are getting excited about as they have absolutely no intention of following the government’s advice. Tony Breslin from Cabra told us his stag night is in Galway next weekend and said it’s going to be a wild one.
“Yeah can’t wait. I’ve been going down there for years. 35 of us heading down on the train and staying at the Shamrock Hotel. I love winding up the manager. Can’t wait to laugh at his accent and ask him where he parked his tractor. Bleedin’ sister riding bog trotter.”