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Friday, May 14, 2021

OPINION: The Green List – Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

To holiday or not to holiday? That is the question – Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of poor Irish weather, Or to take arms against a sea of Fianna Fáil confusions, And, by opposing, end them?

Righty-O, we’re allowed on holidays… to 15 countries, some of which your average Irish person would not really consider travelling to anyway, so that’s wonderful isn’t it.

The list is as follows: Malta, Finland, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Greece, Greenland, Gibraltar, Monaco and San Marino.

Lovely, lets take the kids on a sunny summer holiday to Greenland, where the summer temperatures generally range from freezing to 10 degrees Celsius, (no offence meant to Greenland here it looks like an incredibly beautiful place, not exactly a favoured holiday destination though).

On top of this, the only ways to access Greenland are through air travel via Denmark or Iceland, – neither of which are on the above list – or by hopping on a transatlantic cruise that stops there, which seems like more effort than its worth if you ask me.

Monaco will also be incredibly difficult to access considering we’re being told not to go to France, unless of course you can rent a yacht or helicopter or something (I didn’t bother figuring out how to go because it’s pointless and I’m not a travel agent).

To add insult to injury, Gibraltar is roughly the same size as a small Irish townland so not a whole load of room to maneuver on that front.

So if you’re bothered you can head for these areas without having to quarantine, and if they’re bothered they can come here.

You’re still not supposed to travel though.

So… you can go but you shouldn’t go, which is a bit like asking you’re mammy if you can go see you’re friends and she tells you to do whatever you like even though you didn’t do anything she’d asked you to do all day so you still go out but then you feel guilty because you went out even though you probably shouldn’t have… ya it’s a bit like that (not that I’ve ever done such a thing of course).

The Government have really made this very clear haven’t they, no mixed messages at all.

The general gist appears to be that if you have, for some reason, a necessary reason to visit these countries on the list, then you can do so without having to quarantine, if you don’t have a genuine reason then maybe don’t go, that’s my take away from it.

So, you can go but you shouldn’t go, if you want a holiday, save yourself the guilt and visit the magical places here in Ireland that you’ll never regret visiting.

Be it the nature reserves and boglands in our hearty midlands, the quaintness of our eastern towns or the jaw-dropping beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland is absolutely stunning, and we can use this opportunity to make the most of it.

-Daniel Potter


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