In pictures: Corkonians embrace 5km travel ban with pictures of their local areas

In pictures: Corkonians embrace 5km travel ban with pictures of their local areas

A wintry scene just off the Cork to Banteer road after snow fell in the area. Picture Denis Minihane.

As we bid farewell to and reflect upon what has been an unprecedented year, people have been sharing some festive photos of Cork from recent weeks on social media.

Despite the news of the move to Level 5 lockdown which restricts people from travelling outside 5km from their homes, people embraced their 5km this morning, sharing snow pictures from their homeplaces.

Such an appreciation for what is within our 5km has been seen time and time again throughout the current pandemic.

Faye and Luci Browne, Donoughmore, Co. Cork, having fun in the snow. Picture Denis Minihane.
Faye and Luci Browne, Donoughmore, Co. Cork, having fun in the snow. Picture Denis Minihane.

Nine months ago, March saw the Covid-19 virus make its way to our shores with a full-scale lockdown announced on St Patrick’s Day.

Cork’s shopfront shutters were closed and the usually bustling streets were eerily empty as people stayed home to protect one another.

Communities came together despite being apart to provide for and care for those most in need and most vulnerable and we learned to appreciate the little things again.

A wintry scene following some snowfall with fog in the distance along the Cork to Banteer road. Picture Denis Minihane.
A wintry scene following some snowfall with fog in the distance along the Cork to Banteer road. Picture Denis Minihane.

From the beginning of the summer months, the phased reopening of essential retail stores and services, followed by the reopening of non-essential stores, restaurants and gastro pubs, saw life return to the city, commuter towns and towns across the county.

Domestic travel saw people appreciate the place we call home as the travel ban was lifted nationwide.

The country’s second lockdown came in October, before we eased out of lockdown restrictions and took a phased approach into Level 3 restrictions in December to allow for families to spend Christmas together.

A short month later, and we now find ourselves entering a third lockdown and adhering to Level 5 restrictions, but if these photos are anything to go by, we have a lot to be grateful for in Cork.

 

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