Even in this separation, we will find a way to be together

Covid-19 may force us to stay apart physically but, like the singing neighbours in Siena last week, we will come up with new ways to stand in solidarity with one another

15th March, 2020
Even in this separation, we will find a way to be together
Ireland does vulnerability well. Instead of suffering alone, our vulnerability connects us. Picture: iStock

My family have worked in undertaking for 150 years or so. We have a dusty old ledger at home from the late 1890s with entries in ink, in careful, beautiful handwriting. The ledger’s long leaves record the bills for the funerals of my neighbours’ ancestors in rural west Wicklow.

The cost of James Kenny’s funeral in 1899 came to four pounds, ten shillings and three pence. There were 15 different items on the...

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