It is a joy to see Irish people stepping back and celebrating St Patrick’s Day in so many places around the country. The return of the traditional parades after a two-year absence shows all that is good about our lives and our country.
We have an equally important job today. It is finding time and space to reflect on the nearly 10,000 Irish on both sides of the Border, who have lost their lives to the devastation of Covid-19.
Many of their loved ones were unable to grieve properly or not for those they lost in a traditional way and funeral. The government, in designating March 18 as a one-off holiday – and implementing a four-day weekend in the process – has said that today will be a “day of remembrance and recognition” after the pandemic. Translate.
It gives us a chance to reminisce about our lost loved ones, friends and neighbors during two very difficult years. In doing so, we can also recall other people who have died of different causes, but to whom we were unable to give a proper farewell.
Let us recall and honor the recent fervent promises many of us have made for an appropriate memorial as soon as circumstances permit. We’ve found some ways to make up for the ban from churches and houses of worship, but there is still a void in the memory of many at the time of loss.
The interruption of the Taoiseach’s traditional St Patrick’s Day schedule while visiting Washington reinforces a reminder that Covid 19 is still with us.
But this decision to continue to be remembered and recognized is still the right one as we have already passed the two-year mark since the virus entered our lives.
We also got to a point where we were learning to live with Covid with the help of mass vaccinations and realized we couldn’t interrupt our daily lives. Now it’s about finding a moment to remember those who have gone before us and who have left a rich legacy for those they touched in their lives.
The beautiful words of St Patrick’s Breastplatean eighth-century poem, originally in Old Irish and associated with the memory of the national saint, deftly emerges: “Today I bind myself / The virtues of heaven are full of stars / The life-giving rays of the bright sun / The clear whiteness of the moon in the evening. ”
Such poignant words help us to recall the debts we owed to previous generations of the Irish, who helped shape the international standing of a small nation. They remind us of the need for a moment of stillness and reflection in the gruesome backdrop of overdue celebration and revelry.
Remembering the lost can give us some strength as we face new challenges from the horrors of a brutal and illegal war waged by Vladimir Putin’s Russia with brave Ukrainians.
Remembering the memory of our lost loved ones also strengthens our resolve, just as the Irish will do their best to help some of the Ukrainians who were brutally evicted from their homes. . There are still more challenges, but we are strong.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/take-time-to-remember-as-we-face-our-next-challenges-41459730.html Let’s take the time to remember as we face the next challenges