Even the bad weather couldn’t dampen the spirits as restrictions eased, allowing for a range of activities to resume for the first time this year.
From getting a haircut to shopping by appointment, from going to Mass to picking a book in the library, a big chunk of normality returned and the people of Dundalk and surrounding areas were quick to enjoy this new taste of freedom.
Local hairdressers have been busy answering the phone and taking appointments since the news broke that ‘personal services’ could resume yesterday.
Church goers were among those welcoming the opportunity to attend mass in person for the first time this year.
St. Joseph’s Redemptorist Rector, Fr. Noel Kehoe said ‘We are excited about seeing so many faces again.’ He explained the church had undergone a lot of renovations prior to reopening. ‘The parquet floor and the benches, all original and over 100 years old, have been refurbished and restored.’