Facing down a virus

As the pandemic rages in the media, on the internet and in our brains, we’re held prisoner by folk memory and subconscious fears – but there is a positive side emerging: a shared community of humanity

26th April, 2020
Covid-19 is not just a health threat, or an economic one. It is haunting us.

Perhaps the strangest contagion event ever recorded in Ireland was that of the yellow plague in the eighth century. Beset by famine, the country’s chieftains asked God to send a pestilence that would rid them of the “inferior multitude”, so that they would be left with enough to eat.

God, however, was not so pliant. An angel appeared, telling the chieftains that, in punishment for their prayer for the death of...

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