Another uncertain day in what has, all of a sudden, become an era in which the only certainty is uncertainty. The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, day upon remorseless day, and all of us have been left with no option but to compress our lives drastically to fit into this new reality.
It’s a reality in which – for now – sport has no place. Well, live sporting events at any rate, which, regardless of what the contests may involve, have ground to a halt the world over.
As this has happened, all manner of sporting stories have found themselves interrupted mid-sentence. Our latest battle to avoid relegation – now plunged into suspended animation – is but one sporting narrative that has been stopped from playing out to its end. It’s far from the only one.
How that particular storyline ends for us in 2020 is one that’ll eventually have to be resolved in some shape or form by the GAA once this crisis is over. And resolve it they will, with the fix they come up with itself then going on to form part of the continually unspooling narrative of Mayo’s footballers.
It’s important, in that respect, to bear in mind that this strange state we now find ourselves in will eventually end. The sun also rises. This too shall pass.
To help allay the ever-growing sense of cabin fever I’ve been making a determined effort to get out for a walk locally at some point every day. Early this morning as I made my way back home along Griffith Avenue I took the above photograph.
If you look at it closely you’ll see that the leaves have started to reappear on the trees. They’re horse chestnuts and they always come into leaf some weeks before the other tree species that line the avenue.
Every year the reappearance of greenery on Griffith Avenue comes as an affirmation of renewal and rebirth. This year it seems we need more reassurance than ever that life as we once knew it will return once more.
Shortly after I got back home this morning I heard Limerick manager John Kiely speaking on RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland programme. His message was two-fold, focusing on the need for everyone to react responsibly and do the right thing but also looking ahead to when we get to the other side of this crisis.
When this happens – as it eventually will – his message was that it’s then we’ll need sport to provide the country with the lift it’ll undoubtedly need at that stage.
Wise words from a wise man. Here’s to that happy day once we reach it.
In the meantime, keep washing those hands and keep following all the useful advice that’s been issued from the HSE on how to protect yourself and others from the virus – details here.