2km-radius, Covid-19 restrictions captured in photos


By Tadhg Peavoy

As a travel writer, my most trusted companions on my global sojourns, have been cameras.

Often, on escapades to both bustling and remote locations, a travel writer’s journey is taken alone, in order to attempt to capture an experience of the world in its truest form, and translate that experience into words for the reader. Alongside those words go images, with photography embellishing the ideas the writer attempts to convey through the exploits of their journey.

During Ireland’s Covid-19 social-distancing measures, the Government has applied a 2km restriction on one’s movements, ensuring that when one does leave one’s private residence, for essential journeys only and exercise, one grapples to see and know one’s local area better.

Below is a selection of my photography taken purely within the 2km radius of my home in Dublin.

A discarded newspaper, replete with a Covid-19 health warning, and sleeping bag, lie abandoned on College Green.
The Luke Kelly (of The Dubliners) statue, on King Street South, serenades the empty streets.
The Phil Lynott (of Thin Lizzy) statue on Harry Street, watches and waits alone, as the pandemic unfolds.
Panem, one of Dublin’s best and most-authentic Italian restaurants, is shuttered from the public as Travel Times passes by.
Harcourt Street, known for its nightlife, hotels and offices, lies empty.
Famous, Dublin bar and nightclub Copper Face Jacks, normally has a queue outside to gain entry, for now, it waits to welcome the public again.
The facade of the iconic Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street is silent. Irish, short-story writer Mary Lavin was a regular here.
Dublin’s main shopping street, Grafton Street, is eerily quiet, with just a pigeon or two to be seen, pecking around for food.
A man takes a break from the chassis of the world, closing his eyes, and basking in the sun, at the Grand Canal lock on Richmond Street South.
Not a soul to be seen on Dame Street.
The geographic heart of Dublin, O’Connell Bridge, shows minimal signs of life.
Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre remains open, but is all but deserted, with a ghost elevator continuing to operate.
The Italian Quarter bathes in silence.
The iconic Ha’penny Bridge, one of Dublin’s most-famous landmarks, welcomes a few people venturing across the banks of the River Liffey, from north to south, or vice versa.
Dublin’s market street, Meath Street, known as a place ‘where you can buy anything’, is almost completely closed to the public.
Kehoe’s Pub is famous for serving some of Dublin’s best pints of Guinness. Normally the clientele spill out onto the street with pints in hand, as they chat and socialise. Not so right now.
The normally busy intersection at Capel Street Bridge is hushed from both traffic and people.
The Umbrellas of Anne’s Lane, one of Dublin’s most Instagrammable locations, is normally a bustling, social hotspot. The laneway, and adjoining bars, are empty and closed – for now.

The Brazen HeadThe Brazen Head – Dublin’s oldest pub – is closed and shut to the public, as are all bars across Dublin City.

Wood QuayThe amphitheatre at Dublin City Council’s Civic Offices at Wood Quay devoid of human presence.

The Phoenix Park gates on North Road are closed and locked to vehicular access.
The Phoenix Park displays a social-distancing reminder to the public, via a road sign on Conyngham Road.


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