Lockdown abroad - Paddy Breslin

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Paddy Breslin - Sydney, Australia

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Galway lockdown views: Cynthia Bagnis

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"I am from France but have been living in Galway for almost 10 years. I am also the owner of Petite Beauté in Galway which had to close temporarily because of Covid-19 so working out keeps me away from stressing out over the outcome of the salon.

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Galway lockdown views: Stephanie Klapp

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"I am a German teacher and self isolating by myself in my home since Thursday last week as a precaution. Every day I email my students homework then spend the afternoon correcting it individually and emailing it back. That takes a lot of time but keeps me occupied and helps me not to feel useless. We even had one Skype class which was good fun seeing them again and speaking German. I really miss my children in the school.

"I also miss my family in Germany so we have a WhatsApp call with camera every day to stay connected. They were due to visit for Easter but the holiday was postponed to September, something to look forward to.

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Galway lockdown views: Gráinne Mullins

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"The lockdown has impacted me negatively as I am out of work like so many across the industry but I am looking at the positives and keeping active and getting fresh air. I have also acknowledged that I am lucky to be still in full health and I have been trying to encourage others to keep busy at home by trying new activities like baking. It is a tough time for all but we should all try to make the best of a bad situation.

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Galway lockdown views: Michele Connolly

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"I am at home crocheting away with Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, and Benjamin Bunny getting fresh air in the garden. There has definitely been positive and negative impacts to the lockdown. The positive impact is we are all in this together and we have to do what is necessary to stamp out this virus. The negative impact is not being able to see family members and close friends but it is for the greater good."

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Galway lockdown views: Ross Cannon

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"The lockdown has provided us with a great opportunity. Never has there been a better time for self-improvement and up-skilling. I can give my full attention to the projects that have been sitting on the sidelines. Unfortunately as a sports fan, the postponement of sport is certainly one of the disadvantages.

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Galway lockdown views: Sarah Perry

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"I work in admin for a local company in the city. However, because of the social distancing restrictions I cannot go into work. The lockdown has affected me negatively because I visit my family members on a weekly basis normally and cannot do that now for their safety and my own. I am also unable to mind my grandparents who are recovering from surgery which has been tough for me.

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Lockdown abroad - Fergus Moore

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"I am living in Heidelberg Germany. We are in lockdown here but are still allowed out for a walk and to get some fresh air. The children are finding it hard, in particular, my daughter who loves gymnastics. Thank God we have a garden and that is where we spend most of the time or playing Ninjago lego with my son. I am working from my home office.

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Lockdown abroad - Sinead Ryan

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"Here in Dallas county, I am working from home. They have ordered a shelter in place for all residents so I won’t be back in my office before April 5. We are allowed to go to the supermarket, walk dogs, and exercise outside but even then people are walking five people wide on paths. All I do is work at home and then go for a jog in the evening to clear my head.

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Lockdown abroad - Joanna Nolan

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"We spend our mornings doing work and worksheets with my daughter and playing with my baby. We do lots of crafts and listen to story telling everyday. We do baking, colouring, dancing, singing, writing songs, and board games.

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Lockdown abroad - Emer Colleran

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"I get to work during this strange time we are in. I am a nurse in North Carolina, USA. So far we have only had a few cases where I am but places are closed or only doing takeout or delivery which is good.

"I am spending my downtime running and helping my brother build a flowerbed so he can grow his veggies. Sending all my love to all my friends and family back home. Stay safe."

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Lockdown abroad - Michelle Vearncombe Carmody

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"Sending big massive hugs to all my family in Ireland, UK, and Australia and other parts of the world. I am in France where lockdown is lockdown. Permission forms are required to leave the house. The gendarme are checking forms and ID and issuing fines with the possibility of a six month prison term for repeat offenders without forms. A curfew has also been imposed. Stay in and be safe everyone."

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Lockdown abroad - Arlene Coughlan

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"Howdy from north west Houston, Texas. So things here are ok so far. Everyone is working online from home. The children were on spring break from school two weeks ago and have been off since. The school districts have provided online timetables with classes and tutorials for the children to stay on track with studies plus help parents keep an everyday schedule.

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Lockdown abroad - Laura Daly

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"I live in the south west of Spain and we have been on full lockdown for 10 days now. I am keeping busy by baking, following online workouts, pretending like I am finally going to read all the books on my shelf, and having lots of video chats with friends and family.

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Lockdown abroad - Rosieta Hynes

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"I am in the south of Germany on the Swiss/French border. It is crazy times here. We are only allowed out in twos and there are strict controls everywhere. I have been let off work temporarily so I planted the garden and have started getting the wardrobes sorted.

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Lockdown abroad - James Mahon

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"I am a university lecturer and run a BA journalism degree at the University of the west of Scotland. We are moving into online lecturing and remote teaching equipped and aided by Microsoft teams, Skype business, and Facebook and WhatsApp group calls.

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Galway lockdown views: Frank O'Connell

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"To keep ourselves busy, and to relieve boredom, The Kinlay Hostel has decided to focus on one thing each week to help others.

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Galway lockdown views: Monica Mac Donald

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"Luckily for some of us, we work from home and I can see this way of working will become more the norm (and it is greener) once broadband is rolled out to all corners of the country. So I have been catching up on the boring stuff and becoming a domestic goddess (oh and doing laundry); baking muffins (and sharing but also eating them); and binging on TV; sorting photos; and cutting the grass. My travel crossword book is getting a bit of use (as we won't be flying for a good while) and I also sang on a video to my sons for Mother’s Day (not for the public as cats and dogs may run for cover). We are keeping our spirits up and praising our front liners and all those going to work to help us through this. Stay safe and please mind yourselves."

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Lockdown abroad - Martina Geraghty

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"Greetings from Cornwall. I am working on the frontline in NHS and it feels like the calm before the storm. Massive hugs to my family and friends in Headford and cousins in Galway city and county. I cycle every evening on my indoor trainer to exercise and pass the time. Stay strong and stay safe."

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Lockdown abroad - Eduard Antoniu

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

"I am extremely busy at home as usual lately, no time or place for boredom and not enough time to do what I want, just stressed out by idiotic noisy neighbours. I'm not leaving the house even if it is postatomic (except for just running away back to Galway again) - I wish I never left it and now I cannot even run away back there.

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