I can't remember the last time I've heard people collectively cheer. It hasn't been that long since we really began social distancing, but time before Covid-19 feels long ago. We know this will pass, and when it does, little things we once took for granted will feel much bigger. Yet as we sit cocooned, doing our bit and waiting for the virus to peak and (hopefully!) flatten its curve, there are those on the frontline – our doctors, nurses, carers, midwives – risking their lives on a daily basis to tend to the sick and save ours in the process.
It feels bigger than all of us; it must be an unimaginable weight to carry, that responsibility, that devotion to saving lives, especially when you're fighting a new and invisible virus. And so, #ClapForOurCarers was done as a way to say thank you. To stand, united with our neighbours and family and clap and cheer for those who put our lives over their own. We cheer for you, all on the frontline, and we won't ever forget all you have done when this passes.
Below is a selection of our favourite videos. They will soothe your soul and make you cry a little, too:
Kick-off in the Dáil, a pause in proceedings, before the nation followed
Standing with my colleagues from across the Dáil tonight to applaud the men and women of our health service and everyone else who is working in essential areas like. #clapforourcarers pic.twitter.com/9S7jaAjTs8
— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) March 26, 2020
So heartwarming to see our frontline workers being applauded across the country at 8pm. Such a touching special live news bulletin from RTE News to show this also #ClapForCarers #COVID19 #Ireland pic.twitter.com/XXRMXkn1u9
— Cóilín Duffy (@coilinduffy) March 26, 2020
Even those in cars join in
— David Dunne (@DavidCJDunne) March 26, 2020
At Dublin Airport
— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) March 26, 2020
And all over London
This is absolutely beautiful.
Beautiful act done for the people,
By the people of this country.
This is from London,
But I managed to open my window & clap loud
The first air in 12 days
But I can feel it,
— Dr. Jennifer Cassidy (@OxfordDiplomat) March 26, 2020
From Windsor Castle
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 26, 2020
And some of the royal kids...
To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you.#ClapForOurCarers #ClapForNHS pic.twitter.com/XnaUPJyDoX
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 26, 2020
Even those with pots and pans
— Ashley Moorman (@AshleyMoorman) March 26, 2020
Celebrities trying to join in
rachel weisz can’t clap but she is still cute pic.twitter.com/qsZ6JoMc6O
— grace dante (@misslefroy) March 26, 2020
Sounds of a city
— Sian Elvin (@SianElvin) March 26, 2020
Something to remember
— Zoë Cross (@crosz002) March 26, 2020