We’ve been quite busy during the lock down. We all had to stay home for much of the time, but the back office work continued once the initial two week quarantine was over and the outdoor work was resumed, thankfully, in time to get Shannon’s Cross spick and span for the visitors.
Off-line the team have been doing what it seems like everyone else has been doing during lockdown – baking, re-decorating, doing the garden, taking time to do the things we never have (or make) time for. We all got tanned during the first few weeks, but we’re all tired of the rain now, and we’re all longing for a pint and/or a hair cut.
There are some new rules up at the centre if you visit us – you need to sign in and give a phone number (for contact tracing purposes), you need to sanitise your hands and anything you touch while here, and you need to keep a 2 metre social distance.
We’ve also had to close off the school room to visitors: there are so many things that need to be cleaned in order to prevent the spread of infection that we’ve decided that any non-preschool events need to take place in the New Hall where we can ensure social distancing and sanitising surfaces it less problematic.
Thankfully, not all of lock down has been about Covid. We had lost and found dogs; members of the Diaspora looking for long lost relatives and finding some they’d never heard about before; the discovery of a log boat in Cloonacolly Lough that had the National Monuments Service tearing up from Dublin to see it; Cruinniu na nOg; a burst water main, and National Drawing Day.
We also had a letter (yes! a letter! not an email!) from Keiran Burns of Portmarnock, Co. Dublin, who had been doing research on landholdings in Roscommon in the 1850s and sent us a list of the landlords and main tenants in Tibohine in 1856. We’ll be putting the full list up on the website shortly.
We’ve drawn up work plans for the rest of the year and we’ll be submitting grant applications to a band playing to make up for the lack of fundraising over the summer and we’re looking at ways to fix that too.
It’s good to be back!