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Michael Larkin calling bingo numbers for locals in Ringsend

Michael Larkin calling bingo numbers for locals in Ringsend

Michael Larkin calling bingo numbers for locals in Ringsend

A Dublin family living at a flats complex went viral on social media when their idea of playing social distancing bingo was recorded.

Canon Mooney Gardens resident Michael Larkin decided to organise a game with his 14-year-old DJ daughter Hollie and niece Jodie.

"It's a bit head-wrecking when you have three kids running about the house and you're not allowed outside the door," Mr Larkin told the Herald.

"We've done baking, we've done Jenga, we've done snakes and ladders, we've done everything we can think of.

"It was a quick idea, let's get everyone outside their doors, keep their distance and have a bit of craic."

After it was finished, they realised someone had recorded it.

"The kids went on their phones and said 'Look what's after happening'. It just exploded."

PRIZES

"We were getting phone calls from Australia and the Washington Post, and what they were saying was the Italians can sing from their balconies - and the Irish can play bingo."

The players came back for a second game for Mother's Day yesterday, with prizes sponsored by Mr Larkin's workplace.

All dressed in white suits and wearing masks, his niece Jodie ran to collect the winning tickets when residents threw down from their floor and prizes were handed out.

"Everyone keeps their distance and has a bit of fun," said Mr Larkin.