Covid-19 in Ireland: A timeline of fear, farce and frustration

The key dates that affected the country as it battled the deadly disease that cost 9,300 lives

A deserted Grafton Street during the Level 5 nationwide lockdown in November 2020. Picture: RollingNews

January 16, 2020 – Reports of a mystery virus in Wuhan China emerge

March 11, 2020 – First Covid-related death in Ireland is announced

March 2020 – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Washington announces all schools, colleges and childcare facilities are to close. Pubs and clubs are closed three days later. Full lockdown is announced

June 27, 2020 – Michéal Martin become Taoiseach as new government formed

July 2020 – Among the controversial measures introduced, it ...