Congratulations President Biden..Love From Ireland

Joe Biden Wins Presidential Race With 279 Electoral Votes – CBS Pittsburgh

President Biden quotes Irish Poet Seamus Heaney from his play The Cure Of Troy.

“History says, don’t hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.”
– Seamus Heaney

Us Irish are thrilled. Our pride and joy is best described by Seamus Heaney.

“Human beings suffer,
They torture one another,
They get hurt and get hard.
No poem or play or song
Can fully right a wrong
Inflicted and endured.

The innocent in gaols
Beat on their bars together.
A hunger-striker’s father
Stands in the graveyard dumb.
The police widow in veils
Faints at the funeral home.

History says, don’t hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.

So hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that further shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracle
And cures and healing wells.

Call miracle self-healing:
The utter, self-revealing
Double-take of feeling.
If there’s fire on the mountain
Or lightning and storm
And a god speaks from the sky

That means someone is hearing
The outcry and the birth-cry
Of new life at its term.”
― Seamus Heaney

“Behaviour that’s admired is the path to power among people everywhere.”, Beowulf
― Seamus Heaney,

“It is difficult at times to repress the thought that history is about as instructive as an abattoir; that Tacitus was right and that peace is merely the desolation left behind after the decisive operations of merciless power.”
― Seamus Heaney,

“I shall gain glory or die.” ― Seamus Heaney, Beowulf

“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.”
― Seamus Heaney

“Only the very stupid or the very deprived can any longer help knowing that the documents of civilization have been written in blood and tears, blood and tears no less real for being very remote.”
― Seamus Heaney,

HOPE

So hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that further shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
And cures and healing wells.”
― Seamus Heaney


Posted in Blogs And Blogging, Ireland, Playwright, Poet, Poetry, Politics, USA | Tagged , , ,

New Irish Dictionary 2020

Coróinvíreas and arán banana: A new English-Irish dictionary covers the  pandemic

Title: Concise English_Irish Dictionary

Author: O Mianain, Padraig

Publisher: Foras Na Gaeilge

In the print version users will find: free online version , print RRP is €30/£25.

Summary:

30,000 entries; 85,000 sense units; 200,000 phrases and example sentences in Irish; a large style and grammar supplement;

New Words added eg

Click – cliceáil

to go online – dul ar líne

Brexit – an Breatimeacht

selfie stick maide féinín

car phone – fón cairr

Collect – cruinnigh

coronavirus – coróinvíreas

víreas corónach- corona virus

to shop online – siopadóireacht a dhéanamh ar líne

home office – oifig bhaile

online bookings – áirithintí ar líne

selfie- féinín

social distancing – scaradh sóisialta

community worker- oibrí pobail

lockdown – dianghlasáil

selfie stick – maide féinín

Alternative Medicine – leigheas malartach

Robot – róbat

Drone – dordán

Internet – idirlíon

Michael D Higgins Launches The New English-Irish Dictioanry.

 

 

Posted in Blogs And Blogging, Books, Dictionary, Gaeilge - Irish Language, Ireland, Languages | Tagged , , ,

My sister is not a statistic by Dorothy Duffy

Tomorrow, when the latest Deathometer of COVID is announced
in sonorous tones,
Whilst all the bodies still mount and curl towards the middle of the curve
Heaped one atop and alongside the other
My sister will be among those numbers, among the throwaway lines
Among the platitudes and lowered eyes,
an older person with underlying health conditions,
A pitiful way to lay rest the bare bones of a life.

My sister is not a statistic

Her underlying conditions were
Love
Kindness
Belief in the essential goodness of mankind
Uproarious laughter
Forgiveness
Compassion
A storyteller
A survivor
A comforter
A force of nature
And so much more

My sister is not a statistic

She died without the soft touch of a loved one’s hand
Without the feathered kiss upon her forehead
Without the muted murmur of familiar family voices gathered around her bed,
Without the gentle roar of laughter that comes with memories recalled
Evoked from a time that already seems distant, when we were connected by the simplicity of touch, of voice, of presence.

My sister is not a statistic 

She was a woman who spanned the seven ages.
A mother
A grandmother
A great grandmother
A sister
A Friend
An aunt
A carer
A giver

My sister is not a statistic

And so, she joins the mounting thousands

They are not statistics on the Deathometer of COVID

They are the wives, mothers, children, fathers, sisters, brothers,
The layers of all our loved ones
If she could, believe me when I say, she would hold every last one of your loved ones, croon to and comfort them and say – you were loved.
Whilst we who have been left behind mourn deep, keening the loss, the injustice, the rage.
One day we will smile and laugh again,

we will remember with joy that, once, we shared a life, we knew joy and survived sadness.

You are my sister…….. and I love you.

Posted in Blogs And Blogging, COVID-19, Death, Family, Poet, Poetry | Tagged , , , , ,

RIP For All Those Who Died Of Covid

Image may contain: text that says 'those we LOVE DON'T GO AWAY, they walk beside us EVERY DAY UNSEEN, UNHEARD, but always near STILL LOVED, STILL MISSED, and very dear to our heurts. q Aക0 21 gണா CO നസന'

As we enter a second phase of Covid we remember with love those who have lost their battle from Covid.

To Date 1,192,644 Deaths (WHO)

Source: https://covid19.who.int/

intention #shareyoga #discipline | Hand candle, Blue candles, Candles

Posted in Blogs And Blogging, COVID-19, Death | Tagged , , , ,

RIP Derek Mahon

Everything is Going to be All Right By Derek Mahon

How should I not be glad to contemplate
the clouds clearing beyond the dormer window
and a high tide reflected on the ceiling?
There will be dying, there will be dying,
but there is no need to go into that.
The poems flow from the hand unbidden
and the hidden source is the watchful heart.
The sun rises in spite of everything
and the far cities are beautiful and bright.
I lie here in a riot of sunlight
watching the day break and the clouds flying.
Everything is going to be all right.

Derek Mahon, from Selected Poems

Posted in Blogs And Blogging, Death, Ireland, Irish People, Poet, Poetry | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

The Tower By W.B. Yeats

The Tower By William Butler Yeats

                                              I
What shall I do with this absurdity —
O heart, O troubled heart — this caricature,
Decrepit age that has been tied to me
As to a dog’s tail?
                                 Never had I more
Excited, passionate, fantastical
Imagination, nor an ear and eye
That more expected the impossible —
No, not in boyhood when with rod and fly,
Or the humbler worm, I climbed Ben Bulben’s back
And had the livelong summer day to spend.
It seems that I must bid the Muse go pack,
Choose Plato and Plotinus for a friend
Until imagination, ear and eye,
Can be content with argument and deal
In abstract things; or be derided by
A sort of battered kettle at the heel.
                                      II
I pace upon the battlements and stare
On the foundations of a house, or where
Tree, like a sooty finger, starts from the earth;
And send imagination forth
Under the day’s declining beam, and call
Images and memories
From ruin or from ancient trees,
For I would ask a question of them all.
Beyond that ridge lived Mrs. French, and once
When every silver candlestick or sconce
Lit up the dark mahogany and the wine,
A serving-man, that could divine
That most respected lady’s every wish,
Ran and with the garden shears
Clipped an insolent farmer’s ears
And brought them in a little covered dish.
Some few remembered still when I was young
A peasant girl commended by a song,
Who’d lived somewhere upon that rocky place,
And praised the colour of her face,
And had the greater joy in praising her,
Remembering that, if walked she there,
Farmers jostled at the fair
So great a glory did the song confer.
And certain men, being maddened by those rhymes,
Or else by toasting her a score of times,
Rose from the table and declared it right
To test their fancy by their sight;
But they mistook the brightness of the moon
For the prosaic light of day –
Music had driven their wits astray –
And one was drowned in the great bog of Cloone.
Strange, but the man who made the song was blind;
Yet, now I have considered it, I find
That nothing strange; the tragedy began
With Homer that was a blind man,
And Helen has all living hearts betrayed.
O may the moon and sunlight seem
One inextricable beam,
For if I triumph I must make men mad.
And I myself created Hanrahan
And drove him drunk or sober through the dawn
From somewhere in the neighbouring cottages.
Caught by an old man’s juggleries
He stumbled, tumbled, fumbled to and fro
And had but broken knees for hire
And horrible splendour of desire;
I thought it all out twenty years ago:
Good fellows shuffled cards in an old bawn;
And when that ancient ruffian’s turn was on
He so bewitched the cards under his thumb
That all but the one card became
A pack of hounds and not a pack of cards,
And that he changed into a hare.
Hanrahan rose in frenzy there
And followed up those baying creatures towards —
O towards I have forgotten what — enough!
I must recall a man that neither love
Nor music nor an enemy’s clipped ear
Could, he was so harried, cheer;
A figure that has grown so fabulous
There’s not a neighbour left to say
When he finished his dog’s day:
An ancient bankrupt master of this house.
Before that ruin came, for centuries,
Rough men-at-arms, cross-gartered to the knees
Or shod in iron, climbed the narrow stairs,
And certain men-at-arms there were
Whose images, in the Great Memory stored,
Come with loud cry and panting breast
To break upon a sleeper’s rest
While their great wooden dice beat on the board.
As I would question all, come all who can;
Come old, necessitous, half-mounted man;
And bring beauty’s blind rambling celebrant;
The red man the juggler sent
Through God-forsaken meadows; Mrs. French,
Gifted with so fine an ear;
The man drowned in a bog’s mire,
When mocking muses chose the country wench.
Did all old men and women, rich and poor,
Who trod upon these rocks or passed this door,
Whether in public or in secret rage
As I do now against old age?
But I have found an answer in those eyes
That are impatient to be gone;
Go therefore; but leave Hanrahan,
For I need all his mighty memories.
Old lecher with a love on every wind,
Bring up out of that deep considering mind
All that you have discovered in the grave,
For it is certain that you have
Reckoned up every unforeknown, unseeing
Plunge, lured by a softening eye,
Or by a touch or a sigh,
Into the labyrinth of another’s being;
Does the imagination dwell the most
Upon a woman won or woman lost?
If on the lost, admit you turned aside
From a great labyrinth out of pride,
Cowardice, some silly over-subtle thought
Or anything called conscience once;
And that if memory recur, the sun’s
Under eclipse and the day blotted out.
                          III
It is time that I wrote my will;
I choose upstanding men
That climb the streams until
The fountain leap, and at dawn
Drop their cast at the side
Of dripping stone; I declare
They shall inherit my pride,
The pride of people that were
Bound neither to Cause nor to State,
Neither to slaves that were spat on,
Nor to the tyrants that spat,
The people of Burke and of Grattan
That gave, though free to refuse –
Pride, like that of the morn,
When the headlong light is loose,
Or that of the fabulous horn,
Or that of the sudden shower
When all streams are dry,
Or that of the hour
When the swan must fix his eye
Upon a fading gleam,
Float out upon a long
Last reach of glittering stream
And there sing his last song.
And I declare my faith:
I mock Plotinus’ thought
And cry in Plato’s teeth,
Death and life were not
Till man made up the whole,
Made lock, stock and barrel
Out of his bitter soul,
Aye, sun and moon and star, all,
And further add to that
That, being dead, we rise,
Dream and so create
Translunar Paradise.
I have prepared my peace
With learned Italian things
And the proud stones of Greece,
Poet’s imaginings
And memories of love,
Memories of the words of women,
All those things whereof
Man makes a superhuman
Mirror-resembling dream.
As at the loophole there
The daws chatter and scream,
And drop twigs layer upon layer.
When they have mounted up,
The mother bird will rest
On their hollow top,
And so warm her wild nest.
I leave both faith and pride
To young upstanding men
Climbing the mountain side,
That under bursting dawn
They may drop a fly;
Being of that metal made
Till it was broken by
This sedentary trade.
Now shall I make my soul,
Compelling it to study
In a learned school
Till the wreck of body,
Slow decay of blood,
Testy delirium
Or dull decrepitude,
Or what worse evil come –
The death of friends, or death
Of every brilliant eye
That made a catch in the breath –
Seem but the clouds of the sky
When the horizon fades;
Or a bird’s sleepy cry
Among the deepening shades.
Posted in Death, Ireland, Old People, Poet, Poetry | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Black Lives Matter

BLACK LIVES MATTER BY Licy Be

How many hearts need to shatter before we turn the page and start a new chapter… slavery was abolished they printed it in the news. But the headlines I’m reading show that’s far from the truth…

Because people are still captive to their skin colour of which none of us can choose. how much more blood needs to be spilled, will smith said racisms not getting worse it’s just getting filmed, that because this is not the first time a black person has been killed…it’s happened over and over and over again, they say repetition it’s like the definition of insanity so what is that saying? This world is broken and it needs to change…

This has been happening since the begging of the age since Abel and Cain, they even killed Jesus when He came… If I could take off my skin and leave it at the door. And you couldn’t see colour anymore. Would hearts be worth fighting for? I understand that the thought that may cross some minds…

The thought of I don’t need this in my life… But if you live in this age and time, then you can’t not fight it shouldn’t be a privilege to have skin that is white, And I recognise that if any one of us stays silent then we all loose the fight. Because ignoring it is as bad as condoning, looking away is the same, cos at the end of the day when a god calls your name what will you say, God I chose to look away, cos that probably won’t cut it on judgement day.

And choosing not to take par is a choice, but It will result in more broken heart if you don’t use your voice…so I’m calling on every colour to make some noise in the direction of racism, now is not the time to be afraid or complacent, now is the time to stand on the same side as this statement black lives matter.

Raise your hands to God and wave them like a banner, in surrender to Him because we cannot win this fight separate Him…. who was killed, 3 nails and a ham hammer, He’s more relatable than you might imagine… Our god is a god colour – born in the Middle East, He was not white as many believe. Jesus, son of God. They called Him the King of peace, something we know little about but desperately need. This cannot become another forgotten headline, this is the point where we need to rise and draw the line. So what does change look like in your mind?

I believe the answers are in the word of God and they have been there this whole time I may be wrong, but I don’t think it’s a lack of answers or not knowing what to do.. but a lack of action, and application of the truth. Jesus said this, a new commandment I give to you, Love one another I have loved you..

If you are a believer then, this is the truth, and it’s this truth that we need to choose, The bible says God made from one man every nation, There is neither Greek nor Jew, slave nor free, male nor female so what do you see? I believe God was painting a picture of unity. We need not look at ourselves to find the answers but we must be compelled to take our chances on the God of love…

Peace and a sound mind… and to some this may or may not sound fine, but if you don’t believe in Jesus then tell me do you believe in Love, because they are one in the same, and for this reason Jesus came, to heal our brokenness and set the captives free,. We only need reminisce on our history to see that racism never ends happily… We all know of a great man that once spoke of a dream, Let this generation be the one where that dream is finally seen.

Posted in Black Lives Matter, Blogs And Blogging, Death, Murder, Poet, Poetry, Police Brutality, Racism, Storytelling, Violence | Tagged , , , , ,

Diversity- Black Lives Matter On BGT

Wow, powerful words, music and dance, the 4 minute dance is brilliant.I wanted it to go on for much longer. It will be like Riverdance people will speak about it for years. It would be a great play. It tells the story of Covid virus and the black people’s struggle against police injustice and brute force in which black people die. Hence, the slogan black lives matter, we want no more unjust deaths.

“As the world watched on, another Black life gone, leaving what we thought we knew in tatters”

“Why did it take a virus to bring the people back together?”

“Because sometimes you have to get sick, my boy, before you start feeling better”.

Posted in Black Lives Matter, Blogs And Blogging, COVID-19, Dance, Death, Murder, Music, Police Brutality, Racism, Storytelling, Television, United Kingdom, USA, Violence | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

I Can’t Breathe By H.E.R.

Beautiful Lyrics #Black Lives Matter

 I Can’t Breathe By H.E.R.

 

Started a war screaming “Peace” at the same time
All the corruption, injustice, the same crimes
Always a problem if we do or don’t fight
And we die, we don’t have the same rights
What is a gun to a man that surrenders?
What’s it gonna take for someone to defend us?
If we all agree that we’re equal as people
Then why can’t we see what is evil?
I can’t breathe
You’re taking my life from me
I can’t breathe
Will anyone fight for me?
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
How do we cope when we don’t love each other?
Where is the hope and the empathy?
How do we judge off the color?
The structure was made to make us the enemy
Prayin’ for change ’cause the pain makes you tender
All of the names you refuse to remember
Were somebody’s brother or friend
Son to a mother that’s…

Posted in Blogs And Blogging, Crime & Justice, Death, Murder, Music, Police Brutality, Racism, Violence | Tagged , , , , ,

WORLDOMETER Coronavirus

world health

Covid World Cases
Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Date: 21/8/2020
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 213 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances. The day is reset after midnight GMT+0.

Cronavirus Cases: 22,830,518

Deaths: 796,251
Recovered: 15,496,338Active Cases: 6,532,767 Currently Infected Patients
Closed Cases: 16,289,312 Cases which had an outcome:
15,493,061 (95%) Recovered / Discharged
796,251 (5%)Deaths

Posted in Blogs And Blogging, COVID-19, Health, Healthcare, Ireland, United Kingdom, USA | Tagged , ,

Ireland’s COVID 19 Data Hub

#COVID

If you want to know anything about Ireland and Covid 19 checkout this website. This site is a collaboration between Ordnance Survey Ireland, the All-Island Research Observatory, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, the Health Service Executive, the Central Statistics Office and the Department of Health.

Ireland’s COVID Data Hub: https://covid19ireland-geohive.hub.arcgis.com/

Confirmed Cases : 27,676     @21/8/2020

Total Deaths: 1,776

Latest Daily Cases: 136

Latest Daily Deaths: 1

Positive Rate % : 1.3

It has many features maps, daily figures, ICU, hospital admissions and testings, detailed profiles of cases and  statistics, graphs and information. It is a great resource to find out accurate information when false information about Covid is prolific.

On the Interactive Map enter your postcode and find how many Covid cases in your area.I entered my postcode and found there were 5 cases to date. It also points too different sources should you need more information.

 

Posted in Blogs And Blogging, COVID-19, Health, Healthcare, Ireland, Irish People, Irish Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Stage 4 Re-Opening Delayed In Ireland

Ireland had been due to move to Phase 4 of the roadmap on reopening last month, but it was already deferred once due to a rise in the Covid-19 reproductive rate. The Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said that there has been a concerning increase in the disease over the past seven days.He said that a significant proportion of new cases in recent weeks are being found under the age of 45. Today’s Covid Count: 0 Deaths, 45 New Cases.This means the total number of fatalities remains at 1,763, with a total of 26,253 coronavirus cases.

Micheál Martin also said the size of crowds gathering will remain at 200 for outdoors and 50 for indoors and he said the evidence will be reviewed again in three weeks’ time.

Hotel bars, nightclubs and casinos will also remain closed; this will be reviewed again on 31 August.

Face coverings will also be made mandatory in shops and shopping centres from next Monday, 10 August.

Malta, Cyprus, Gibraltar, San Marino and Monaco have now been dropped from the Green List of countries that are safe to travel to.

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly has said what was driving public health advice and the government decision was public safety and public health, the health of the economy and a focus on reopening schools.

Posted in Blogs And Blogging, COVID-19, Death, Health, Healthcare, Ireland, Irish People, Irish Politics, School | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

RIP John Hume

PEACE by: W. B. Yeats (1865-1939)

H, that Time could touch a form
That could show what Homer’s age
Bred to be a hero’s wage.
‘Were not all her life but storm,
Would not painters paint a form
Of such noble lines,’ I said,
‘Such a delicate high head,
All that sternness amid charm,
All that sweetness amid strength?’
Ah, but peace that comes at length,
Came when Time had touched her form.

In Your Memory Everyone In Ireland Lights A Candle For Peace Everywhere

Posted in Blogs And Blogging, Death, History, Ireland, Irish People, Irish Politics, Politics, Terrorism, United Kingdom | Tagged , , ,

I Am So Very Disappointed In Irish Government For Not Insisting On 14 Day Self Isolation Or Jail

Quarantine is a way to separate and to restrict movements of someone who may have been exposed to the virus to check if they become sick.The CDC recommends self-quarantine if a close contact of yours has confirmed case of COVID-19.Usually, any symptoms of Covid appear within 2 weeks or less after an exposure or infection. But many people who get this coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2, don’t have any symptoms. So self-quarantine should last for 14 days to allow time to confirm, without testing, that you don’t have it or can’t spread to others.

During this time, you should:

  • Stay home unless you absolutely must leave, such as for essential medical appointments
  • Separate yourself from other household members and pets
  • Use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible
  • Not share utensils, dishes, cups/glasses, bedding, towels, and other personal items
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your area daily, including phones, remote controls, countertops, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom handles, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables
  • Wash your hands well with soap often, including after coughing, sneezing, using the bathroom, and before and after eating.Take your temperature twice a day to check for a fever. Be on the lookout for other signs of coronavirus infection, such as dry cough and shortness of breath. C0ntact your gp and arrange to do a test.
  • If you show no symptoms during your 14 days, you can resume your normal routine.You must still adhere to public health advice: wear a mask, wash hands alot and social distance from others.

People travelling into Ireland should be required to self-isolate for 14 days at a “designated facility”, public health officials suggested to Government earlier this month. Of course, they did but the government put the economy before public health. Now we have an increase in Covid cases, no surprises!!

Our chief medical officer, Dr.Tony Holohan,  has warned the reintroduction of overseas travel is a “major threat to public health and increases the risk of a potential second-wave” of Covid-19 in Ireland. He was ignored!

 

 

Posted in Advice, Blogs And Blogging, COVID-19, Health, Health & Safety, Healthcare, Ireland, Irish Economy, Irish People, Irish Politics, Travel

Dr.Tony Holohan Thank-You For Your Heroic Service

Ireland’s chief medical Officer Dr.Tony Holohan lead Ireland through the Covid crisis with patience and kindness. This man who appeared on television every evening informing us of the Covid statistics and answered our questions so kindly explaining things to us. Meanwhile at home his wife Dr. Emer Holohan was dying of advanced blood cancer. On Saturday she was moved into palliative care. Thursday he announced that his dying wife  and two teenage kids needed him at home. He is stepping down temporarily.What a brave and dedicated man. He was so professional and heroic as he lead us daily through our pandemic at a time when he had great suffering at home.



His Speech:
“From today, I’ll be taking time out from all of my work commitments, with my family.

“My wife Emer was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, in 2012.

“She’s had a number of difficult years with her disease and was admitted to palliative care last Saturday.

“Now I want to give my energy, attention and all of my time to Emer and to our two teenage children Clodagh and Ronan.

“I’ve spoken with the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health today and other colleagues about this, and they’ve all kindly offered their support and best wishes to both of us.

“A plan has been put in train for others to take over responsibility for different aspects of my role.

“The department will issue a statement in due course when that has been finalised.

“I can confirm that Dr Ronan Glynn, who’s worked alongside me for the duration of this pandemic, has been appointed acting Chief Medical Officer and will chair these press conferences from now on.

“As a husband and father and as a public health doctor, I’m conscious that we’ve been through tough times together over the last number of months and many families across the country have been affected by the course of Covid-19, suffering pain and the loss of loved ones.

“I hope that we can all remain working together, and continue to stay vigilant, to keep our social distance and take personal responsibility for our own health in the first instance, as well as looking after our family members and friends and those we care about most.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their ongoing support, understanding and respect for my family’s privacy and I ask that this can continue. Thank you.”

 

#thankyoutony

Posted in Blogs And Blogging, Care, COVID-19, Death, Family, Health, Healthcare, Ireland, Irish People, Irish Politics, Medical | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Drug Dexamethasone Can Save 35% Deaths From Covid

Dexamethasone s a steroid drug used to reduce inflammations. It can save some very ill Covid patients on oxygen and ventilators from death. It was studied in a trail study in UK with a 35% success rate. Dexamethasone reduced deaths of people on ventilators and by 20% of the very ill on oxygen.
It will not be used outside hospitals. It is cheap drug that doctors have used since 1960s. It is in their medicine cupboards and can be usually globally now. Doctors are used to prescribing it. It is not a new drug. It is not a cure but it will reduce deaths and interesting for researchers trying to find a vaccine.

This medication is a corticosteroid hormone (glucocorticoid). It decreases your body’s natural defensive response and reduces symptoms such as swelling and allergic-type reactions.

WHO Video On Dexamethasone:  https://t.co/65g60g5Kct

Related Interesting Articles:

WHO On Dexamethasone: https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/16-06-2020-who-welcomes-preliminary-results-about-dexamethasone-use-in-treating-critically-ill-covid-19-patients

BBC On Dexamethasone: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-53077879

WEBMD on Dexamethaone: https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-1027-5021/dexamethasone-oral/dexamethasone-oral/details

Medicines UK :Dexamethasone https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/5411/pil

  • Dexamethasone is a steroid medicine, prescribed for many different conditions including serious illnesses
  • You need to take it regularly to get the maximum benefit
  • Don’t stop taking this medicine without talking to your doctor–you may need to reduce the dose gradually
  • Dexamethasone can cause side effects in some people (read Section 4: Possible side effects). Some problems such as mood changes (feeling depressed, or ‘high’), or stomach problems can happen straight away. If you feel unwell, in any way, keep taking your medicine, but see your doctor straight away

Taking this medicine

  • Your doctor will tell you how many tablets to take. This will depend on your illness and how bad it is
  • Take this medicine by mouth
  • Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water
  • Do not crush or chew the tablets

What Dexamethasone contains

  • The active substance is dexamethasone.
    Dexamethasone Tablets BP 2mg contain 2mg of dexamethasone per tablet
  • The other ingredients in Dexamethasone Tablets BP 2mg are potato starch, propylene glycol, magnesium stearate and lactose.

What Dexamethasone looks like and contents of the pack

  • Dexamethasone Tablets BP 2mg are round, flat and white. They are marked with XC/8 on one side and plain on the other side
  • Dexamethasone tablets are sold in containers of 100 and 50 tablets. They may also be available in containers of 500 tablets.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer

Aspen Pharma Trading Limited
3016 Lake Drive
Citywest Business Campus
Dublin 24
Ireland

The Manufacturer is:

Aspen Bad Oldesloe GmbH
32-36 Industriestrasse
23843 Bad Oldesloe
Germany

 

Posted in Blogs And Blogging, COVID-19, Drugs, Health, Healthcare, Medical, Research, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

You Don’t Get To Be Racist And Irish By Imelda May

(I just love this poem. It is so full of emotion, passion and Irish history – what a poet!! )

You Don’t Get To Be Racist And Irish By Imelda May ..

You don’t get to be racist and Irish

You don’t get to be proud of your heritage,

plights and fights for freedom

while kneeling on the neck of another!

You’re not entitled to sing songs

of heroes and martyrs

mothers and fathers who cried

as they starved in a famine

Or of brave hearted

soft spoken

poets and artists

lined up in a yard

blindfolded and bound

Waiting for Godot

and point blank to sound

We emigrated

We immigrated

We took refuge

So cannot refuse

When it’s our time

To return the favour

Land stolen

Spirits broken

Bodies crushed and swollen

unholy tokens of Christ, Nailed to a tree

(That) You hang around your neck

Like a noose of the free

Our colour pasty

Our accents thick

Hands like shovels

from mortar and bricklaying

foundation of cities

you now stand upon

Our suffering seeps from every stone

your opportunities arise from

Outstanding on the shoulders

of our forefathers and foremother’s

who bore your mother’s mother

Our music is for the righteous

Our joys have been earned

Well deserved and serve

to remind us to remember

More Blacks

More Dogs

More Irish.

Still labelled leprechauns, Micks, Paddy’s, louts

we’re shouting to tell you

our land, our laws

are progressively out there

We’re in a chrysalis

state of emerging into a new

and more beautiful Eire/era

40 Shades Better

Unanimous in our rainbow vote

we’ve found our stereotypical pot of gold

and my God it’s good.

So join us.. ’cause

You Don’t Get To Be Racist And Irish.

Posted in Anglo Irish Relations, Blogs And Blogging, Death, History, Ireland, Irish People, Irish Politics, Poet, Poetry, Politics | Tagged , , , ,

Coronavirus (COVID-19) By HSE, Ireland

Title: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Author: HSE, Ireland

Online Source: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

Overview
– Symptoms and causes
– Protect yourself and others
– Testing
– Treatment
– Restricted movements and self-isolation
– People at higher risk from coronavirus
– Cocooning

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Common symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above)
  • a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
  • shortness of breath (breathing difficulties)

For people who get infected with coronavirus:

  • 80% will have mild illness and make a full recovery within a few weeks
  • 14% will have a more severe illness
  • 6% will have a critical illness

Testing

Phone your GP to be assessed for a coronavirus test if you are in one of these situations:……..

Contact tracing

If you test positive for coronavirus we will ask you about other people you’ve been in close contact with. We will also do this if it is likely that you have coronavirus but have not yet had a test.

This is ‘contact tracing’. The people who do it are ‘contact tracers’.

Read more about contact tracing.

Treatment

There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. But many of the symptoms of coronavirus can be treated at home….

Most people who catch coronavirus will experience mild symptoms. They should make a full recovery without needing to go to hospital.

If your symptoms get worse and you feel very unwell you may need to go to hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, you will need to self-isolate and phone your GP. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for coronavirus, they will arrange a test.

Find contact details for your GP

Read full book online

 

Posted in Blogs And Blogging, Contact Tracing, COVID-19 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Roadmap for reopening society and business #ROI

Published: 3 May 2020
From: Department of the Taoiseach and Department of Health

The Taoiseach has announced 2 changes to the restrictions put in place to protect us all from the spread of COVID-19 that will come into effect next Tuesday 5 May.



The changes are that:

people can travel up to 5 kilometres from their home to exercise
those who are cocooning can leave their homes for exercise so long as they avoid all contact with other people

Roadmap for reopening society and business

The roadmap sets out Ireland’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions on:

18 May (phase 1)
8 June (phase 2)
29 June (phase 3)
20 July (phase 4)
10 August (phase 5)

Phase 1 (May 18)

  • Allow outdoor meetings between people from different households
  • Open up childcare for healthcare workers
  • Phased return of outdoor workers
  • Open retailers which are primarily outdoor or those which were open during first level of restriction (e.g. opticians)
  • Opening of certain outdoor public amenities

Phase 2 (June 8)

  • Allow visits to households
  • Develop plans and supports to open up business with consideration for safety of staff and customers
  • Open small retail outlets and marts where social distancing can be observed
  • Open public libraries

Phase 3 (June 29)

  • Allow small social gatherings
  • Opening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of essential workers in phased manner
  • Return to work for those with low levels of interaction
  • Open non-essential retail outlets with street level entrance and exit
  • Open playgrounds

Phase 4 (July 20)

  • Opening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of all other workers on a gradually increasing basis
  • Return to work for those who cannot work from home
  • Gradual easing of restrictions for higher risk services (e.g. Hairdressers)
  • Opening of museums, galleries, places of worship

Phase 5 (August 10)

  • Allow larger social gatherings
  • Return to work across all sectors
  • On a phased basis, commencing at the beginning of the academic year 2020/2021, opening of primary and secondary schools and 3rd level institutions
  • Further easing of restrictions on high risk retail services

 

Full Docs links PDF Files

Click to access ffd17d70fbb64b498fd809dde548f411.pdf

Click to access 8c2524e30718418ca6e7ca984c32694e.pdf

Posted in Advice, Blogs And Blogging, Business, Children, Contact Tracing, COVID-19, Health, Healthcare, Ireland, Irish Economy, Irish People, Irish Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,