With the words "I need to speak to you about coronavirus..", the Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, announced a societal 'lockdown', in March 2020.
Only the most essential services would continue to operate, and places where we meet, socialise, laugh, cry and play, were deemed off-limits.
Time would stand still in the Irish pub for the next 400 days.
Empty and silent, the public house, landmark in our streetscapes, oases in our countryside – presented melancholy loneliness and a social vacuum, reflective of a mood of the time.
© John Collins