Cavan Murtag, a pharmacist based in Cavan, says the Kovid-19 figures are now “out of scale.”
“When you think about it, 80 cases a day in Cavan are equivalent to 1,200 in Dublin, where the population is 15 times larger. We have a rough ride. ”
Cavan feared on Wednesday the latest figures from Northern Ireland. 1,217 cases were declared.
“There are a lot of people working in Cavan, including my own staff,” he pointed out.
Murtagh, like many people in Kandy, is talking about the GAA, not approaching the border on Wednesday, while ulation rights deals are underway over whether to move the border counties to Level 4.
“A lot of people are upset with the GAA in Cavan,” he said. “They blame the increase in celebrations after the recent GAA finals.”
He, a GAA supporter, says he understands the passion but that the championship games, especially the club finals, are bad news in the midst of a Kovid-19 crisis.
“There’s no problem with the quarterfinals or the semi-finals, but the celebrations happen when there’s a cup on the table, and that’s a problem,” he said.
Jimmy Fox, who runs a shoe shop in Coventry, says it’s irresponsible to have played 32 club finals across the country while colleges were reopening.
“I think this is a big factor in the leap,” he said.
It was a point repeated Wednesday on the streets of Cavan Town.
For the first time in 48 years, many are pointing the finger at the Senior Championship final won by the Crosserlough Club.
Fox says another lockdown is necessary because “half the steps don’t work.” He says he has seen old customers before his eyes since the start of the Kovid-19 crisis, but he believes there is a “resignation” in the city.
“It simply came to our notice then. They lost confidence and sense of well-being. They are old and they are afraid.
While the government admits it is “in an impossible position,” he believes the figures have risen significantly since it deviated from the advice of medical experts.
Tony Holohan said level 5, we didn’t do it, we pay a price. We know the answer. I do not want to close my doors, but the answer is locked down ”.
Paselli Lynch of Essen, Cavan, says he does not think the current Level 3 regulations are being properly enforced.
“Some people who come here don’t wear masks. If we say something, they say medical, which means nothing.”
He also highlighted the recent celebrations of GAA followers as an important factor in the local leap.
“I think GAA did a great job during the lockdown, but the celebrations after the county finals didn’t help.”
He worries about what Level 4 means to local businesses.
“The figures for August, September and October have been amazing so far, and I have to say it’s much better than last year, I think it’s because people are buying earlier than Christmas, and our customers are not going to support it. Local shops. ”
Eddie Coleman, former president of the Kawan Chamber of Commerce and owner of Kawan Gifts, says, “None of us want to see another lockdown, but I want this to happen now rather than December.” It was a crucial time for businesses.