Not Even God Could Stop the Locals -

Limerick, Ireland (2020)

Not Even God Could Stop the Locals is a soundscape capturing the acoustics of Limerick city, Ireland, from the Eve of Irelands national holiday, St. Patricks day, when the pubs were ordered to shut to the long awaited end of the COVID - 19 pandemic outbreak. This audio piece is a aural documentation of how a city came to a stand still in the height of a festive period closing nationwide all bars and public houses, a feat even the Catholic Church were struggling to do in a modern Irish society. 

Visual documentation of Limerick city during the pandemic

The 15th of March 2020 saw the closure of over 7,400 pubs, in a bid to contain the spread of the COVID - 19 virus, leaving over 50,000 bar workers without jobs. In the following days and weeks restaurants , retail and creches followed suit in a bid to protect the health and safety of its employees and community. By mid March nearly 3% of the population (140,000 people) had lost employment in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus. The streets grew quieter as the virus spread.

By the 27th of March 2,121 people had been infected by the virus with the lose of 22 lives. The government had announced more intense restrictions, in a bid to prevent spreading and protect the more vulnerable to the virus. People were told stay at home, only to leave for grocery shopping and brisk exercise within a 2 Km radius of their homes. 

Visual documentation of Limerick city during the pandemic 

Visual documentation of Limerick city during the pandemic