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'You can go to Berlin but not Cork' - Dubs on restrictions

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Kaitlin McMahon outside Johnnie Fox’s pub

Kaitlin McMahon outside Johnnie Fox’s pub

Kaitlin McMahon outside Johnnie Fox’s pub

It's a perfect morning in the Phoenix Park and the lush parkland is an oasis of calm.

But high levels of fear and frustration were palpable among those grappling to live their lives as the coronavirus continues to gain a grim foothold in the capital.

Some blame the soaring case numbers on house parties, some on young people congregating at night-time, while others think complacency has set in as the death rate drops.

Concerned

For others not living in Dublin, yesterday was probably the last chance to see loved ones, like grandparents Mary and Willie Clancy from Waterford. Up for a day trip to the zoo, they had "snuck in a visit" with their Dublin-based daughter Jane and grandson Jack Allen (22 months).

"I'm pretty concerned. Jack just started creche so we're concerned about what he might catch in there but you just have to get on with things as well," said Jane.

"As much as I do think it's the right thing to do, it's obviously not easy. If you're from Dublin and your family are here, it's maybe not as difficult.

"I think it is for the best, I don't want to see the hospitals overwhelmed. The flu season is coming so winter is going to be tough as it is so whatever they have to do, they have to do," she added.

Her mum Mary reckoned that we've "just become a bit complacent" when it comes to following the guidelines.

Caoimhe Heagney (20), from Carpenterstown, and Conor Duffy (20), from Blanchardstown, also reckoned that people had become too relaxed with the guidelines.

"Where we live in the west side of Dublin, there's a lot of cases and there's more every day so it's worrying. You see a lot of people are getting tested.

"The restrictions were lifted very fast and even with the travel, most people are going abroad again, having their normal holidays like there's no virus," said Caoimhe.

"I'd say we have to go into level three because Dublin's the worst part of Ireland now."

Steven Byrne, from Ballyfermot, out for the day with his children Rosie (3) and Oscar (1), said there was a lot of confusion for Dubliners around the restrictions.

"We're between level two and level three. You can travel to Berlin but you can't travel to Cork. Hopefully we'll get more of an answer soon," he said.

Navan Road residents Maureen and Brendan Sweeney said it was "more frustrating" than anything else.

"It is pretty concerning, the fact that we were locked down before and that didn't seem to flatten the curve. It's hard to believe that it's been going on since early March and we're not into September," said Brendan.