Even without hitting Greystones’ main street, you can tell there are more and more people venturing out these days just by the jump in volume.
Taking a daily walk along that back road to Delgany, the noise of passing cars has been getting steadily louder and louder over the past week, as their number just keeps on rising.
All part of the worldwide desire to get back to the life we had before the lockdown, no doubt, with this long, steady calm before the storm going on just long enough to have some believing that those dark storm clouds must have passed us lucky Paddies by.
Still, with the sun shining, and, it would seem, no clear and present danger within that 5km limit, there are those who have decided that, hey, might as well just get back to that future that we all had to put on hold back in March.
It doesn’t help when you’ve got world leaders such as Trump and Johnson being perilously ill-informed and increasingly vague about this crazy little thing called Covid-19, and who are now hellbent on everyone getting out that door and back into work.
And they’re not alone. As anyone who has glanced at social media of late will tell you, there’s enough anger out there to keep a heated online barney burning for hour upon hour.
Today, we were just happy to take a different walk route, down through Burnaby Park, catching the Cafe Gourmet crowd testing the water by opening for a few hours (“Got quite a few passers-by grabbing a coffee“), and finding Insomnia up on the main street doing exactly the same. “It’s our first day too,” said that always-smiling Polish guy who’s been there forever, “and we’re just going to see what works best for people…”
Heading on up Church Road, the one thing that hits you is that the traffic is now pretty constant. Perhaps it’s all to do with it being the middle of the day, or maybe people are just getting more adventurous, and restless, and impatient. Something we witnessed already at the weekend.
So, no need to repeat ourselves. Our destination today is Sea View, over in Rathdown, and Max is more than happy to take the scenic route, swinging by the harbour, and then to St Crispin’s Cell and up along The Grove.
We’re here to capture some of Greystones’ old school for our 100 Days 100 Greystonians 2020 gallery – and we’ll have them up online Tuesday and Wednesday.
It’s seeing such happy elders of the town that reminded us just why it’s important to stick with this lockdown for as long as it takes. Sure, the cases of Covid-19 in Wicklow have been low (643, so far), but, that could all change.
Especially if people actually listen to arsewipes like Johnson and Trump.
It’s a thin line, people. So, even if you’re feeling fit as a fiddle, and your mate Seamus is having a session up on Cypress Hill, stay the feck at home. You feckin’ feck.
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