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May there be goodness at you

Wednesday, 25th March, 2020 2:56pm

The Cork Independent comes to you this week with a slightly different feel to it.

I say that quite literally as we're running a far thinner paper than normal, 16 pages this week in comparison with our norm of 56.

Being an advertisement-based newspaper means we rely on this revenue to bring you the regular weekly edition and, understandably so, this has taken a dip in recent weeks.

However, despite this, the team here at the Cork Independent have rallied and we're determined to bring the newspaper to our readers every week, in whatever format we can manage.

I usually travel to work across the northside of the city from Bishopstown but have driven through the city centre to Blackpool this week. Surreal doesn't begin to describe it! Washington Street and St Patrick's Street have both been totally deserted every morning with nearly every shop, pub and restaurant closed.

I wouldn't contemplate driving home along the quays on a normal day but this week

I've had nothing but silence for company on the roads, never did I think I'd welcome the return of bumper traffic to the city centre!

It's a scary time for everyone – us here too in the Cork Independent and for so many of our clients – not knowing when this will end has everyone on edge.

I have several friends who work in the healthcare sector and they are working themselves to the bone, how lucky we are to have them!

Our politicians, so often the first to feel the punch of the country's fist, are playing a blinder.

Amidst the chaos, An Taoiseach Leo Vardakar, who is now filling his position in an interim capacity following the General Election, has shown us brilliant leadership, care and calmness.

Given the election results, I don't think many would have had great things to say about our government previously but I hope the Covid-19 crisis and their management of the evolving situation has changed that mindset.

We need to listen to their instructions and advice.

My hands have aged about 25 years in the last couple of weeks from excessive washing but I'll be happy to double that if it means I've played some small part in all of this. Our Managing Director, Jarlath Feeney, has included a note at the back of the newspaper which outlines the efforts we are making to get the Cork Independent to readers who may not have access to the shops.

If you know of anyone who would like to be added to our drop-off list please get in touch and we will try to facilitate this to the best of our ability. We have included an extra puzzles page for those who want to keep their time ticking over and we have another fantastic colouring offering on page 6 thanks to artist Jason O’Gorman.

I hope you are all keeping well and that everyone has someone looking after them in some capacity – whether that be a phone call or a wave through the window, every bit helps.

I especially want to give my thanks to the team here in the Cork Independent and to our columnists, particularly our news editor Niamh Aine Ryan and journalist Michael Olney who put in a huge shift this week while our sales manager Ian McGinley and his team also deserve huge credit for their work in testing times for us all.

For those of you who didn’t know, the word-for-word translation of 'go raibh maith agat' is ‘may there be goodness at you’.

To the frontline workers, those behind the scenes, those who are unwell and fighting this virus and to all of you at home, may there be goodness at you – we'll get there. Stay safe and keep well.

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