• Family ties and a visit to the ‘Irish mammy state' | Séamas O'Reilly

    2 days ago - By The Guardian

    A trip back home brings isolation to cautious end with some much-missed cuddles For the first time in six months, we took the boy back to Ireland to see his nana and grandad. On arrival, we took our Covid-19 tests, which involved inserting a cotton bud slightly too far up our nostrils and sending their delightful scrapings off to some lucky lab technician in the Midlands. Distances were kept and family members resolutely uncuddled. Even though the cases have remained low, there's a vigilance in Ireland that seems more marked than in London. In bustling Hackney, there's a reluctance to...
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