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To feel so sad I can't go to iteland?

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chateaudoodoo Sat 21-Nov-20 22:42:34

We are so lucky to have a family house on the wild Atlantic way. My mum grew up there before coming to London to train as a Nurse.
We haven't been this year fir obvious reasons .
My mum is now 83 and a widow she is a very pragmatic tough woman but today she was crying and said she doesn't think she will ever be able to go to iteland again.
We all feel terrible and are very tempted to take her but would it be terrible?

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CrotchBurn Sat 21-Nov-20 22:44:19

Just take her. The ferries have stayed running all along

Smallsteps88 Sat 21-Nov-20 22:44:22

Have you checked the travel restrictions in Ireland?

CarolinaPink Sat 21-Nov-20 22:44:30

If it were me I would try to take her. I hope things go as well as possible for you x

GingerAndTheBiscuits Sat 21-Nov-20 22:46:16

Can you go there and isolate? Maybe go by ferry so you can keep your distance from others rather than fly? I think you’d need to be prepared to stay for at least three weeks (five days quarantine and then if you test positive 14 days isolation I think?). And think about what might happen if god forbid anybody did get sick. We are really missing it too sad

Smallsteps88 Sat 21-Nov-20 22:46:18

I am in NI and from next weekend we will have much tougher restrictions including a very strong “stay at home” message. I’m not sure If ROI are at a similar level of restrictions but I know in ten first lockdown the gardai were very hot on checking cars for unnecessary travel.

Crazybirdlady Sat 21-Nov-20 22:52:54

The Irish travel restrictions don't apply to non Irish citizens. Legal loophole. Just go by ferry and isolate for the necessary period.

chateaudoodoo Sat 21-Nov-20 22:55:39

My brother and sister are willing to. Do it but it's a very small place we would have to get shopping etc and do not want to upset the locals

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Frolie Sat 21-Nov-20 22:56:30

My FIL lives in Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way. We haven’t seen him since October 2019 when we last visited. He’s 78 and lives on his own. They’re very strict in ROI and he’s only allowed within 5 KM of his home. Hopefully restrictions will ease by Spring with the vaccine etc...

chowmeinblame Sat 21-Nov-20 22:56:46

@Crazybirdlady does this include quarantine period? I have had a close family bereavement and need to travel over so just wondering what the options are. Thanks

GingerAndTheBiscuits Sat 21-Nov-20 23:04:15

I assume @Crazybirdlady means restrictions on travelling 5km. 14 day restricted movements apply to travellers from England

GingerAndTheBiscuits Sat 21-Nov-20 23:05:30

And sorry for your loss @chowmeinblame

ShaunaTheSheep Sat 21-Nov-20 23:06:30

@chowmeinblame - DH travelled there last week for a close family funeral, within the rules.

VodselForDinner Sat 21-Nov-20 23:09:07

Yes, it would be terrible.

Ireland is doing an awful lot more than the UK to stabilize the spread of the virus, and the whole country is at the top level of lockdown. Families can’t mix, and people are being asked to not travel home for Christmas.

Show some respect and stay where you are.

Retiremental Sat 21-Nov-20 23:11:19

Is this a serious post?

Crazybirdlady Sat 21-Nov-20 23:13:12

Yes you should go straight there and then quarantine as you have travelled from abroad. If you contact a supermarket they may take an order and allow you to just collect it if home delivery isn't an option.

I've noticed there are far less checkpoints this time, and when the do check they don't ask much.

thaegumathteth Sat 21-Nov-20 23:14:42

Yes, it would be a crappy thing to do.

I know it's hard. I can't see my mum at all as she's in England and I'm in Scotland. She's going through a very hard time, is disabled and totally isolated. It's shit but we're sticking to the rules so please can you.

Rainallnight Sat 21-Nov-20 23:17:04

I don’t think you should. I spent six months in Ireland this year and found that people there are much better at observing Covid rules. Why do anything to contribute to the spread of the virus?

I feel strongly about this because my mother died in a hospice there having spent her last weeks alone, without seeing a single family member, because of Covid. I will never recover from this. Please keep away and help Ireland get this virus under control so fewer people have to go through what she did.

TheYearOfSmallThings Sat 21-Nov-20 23:17:54

I'm sorry, but I wouldn't do it. If my family and friends are anything to go by, Ireland is taking Coronavirus much more seriously than the UK, and visitors from the UK are not welcome. Also it isn't a great time to travel with an 83 year old.

Zucker Sat 21-Nov-20 23:19:48

In Ireland we cannot travel more than 5km from our homes, unless for food shopping, essential work or if you are someones carer.

If you come here you will be stopped by the Garda checkpoints on all motorways and dual carraigeways. There are also checkpoints in most towns and villages.

However, we are due to come out of this current lockdown on December 1st, so hold tight for a week or so and see what the restrictions are then. I wouldn't deny your Mother a visit to such a fabulous place. We all need something to look forward to smile

ClaireP20 Sat 21-Nov-20 23:19:54

CrotchBurn

Just take her. The ferries have stayed running all along

This. Take her.

chowmeinblame Sat 21-Nov-20 23:19:55

@ShaunaTheSheep thanks that's really helpful. How long did he/is he staying for and was a covid test required? Did your husband travel by ferry or plane?

bibliomania Sat 21-Nov-20 23:20:35

I wouldn't. My parents live there, but I won't be going home for Christmas. No point getting sentimental about it.

ClaireP20 Sat 21-Nov-20 23:20:45

Rainallnight

I don’t think you should. I spent six months in Ireland this year and found that people there are much better at observing Covid rules. Why do anything to contribute to the spread of the virus?

I feel strongly about this because my mother died in a hospice there having spent her last weeks alone, without seeing a single family member, because of Covid. I will never recover from this. Please keep away and help Ireland get this virus under control so fewer people have to go through what she did.

Yes good point x

fandigo Sat 21-Nov-20 23:23:45

Adherence to Covid restrictions here is waning. We're all so fed up and sad watching business close for good. If you're traveling by ferry stock your car up with a weeks shopping and then nip into the local shop for milk and meat/fresh stuff. Wear your mask, wash your hands and enjoy your trip.

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