Packed Temple Bar video with drinking crowds flooding city hours after lockdown announcement

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These were the packed scenes last night where young people flooded the city centre just hours after an unprecedented lockdown announcement full of relaxations.

Crowds descended onto Temple Bar on Friday night singing, dancing and drinking with as many as 100 people or more in attendance.

One video showed the groups chanting while a trumpet noise was played in the background while most filmed the scene on their phones.

Some can even be seen holding their drink aloft while fellow attendees bounce up and down around them.



The squashed street scenes were just mere hours after Micheál Martin told the nation we will enjoy the “ordinary, extraordinary” moments in life again soon.

The Taoiseach was speaking after announcing the largest relaxation of restrictions yet since the destructive third wave of Covid hit our shores at the end of last year.


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Mr Martin said that “if we mind each other” as the country heads towards full vaccination, that “the end is within our grasp.”



The easing will be split into a number of different dates starting with June 2, followed a week later by further easing on June 7 and again on July 5.

Here’s the changes set in place:

  • Hotels to reopen next week, on June 2
  • Driver theory tests and testing centres will open from June 7

  • The phased reopening of day centres for older people will begin on June 7

  • Gyms and cinemas back open on June 7
  • Outdoor gatherings of 100 people to be allowed in June, rising to 200 in bigger venues
  • Three households will be allowed to meet from July 5

  • Indoor pubs to reopen on July 5
  • Up to 500 people can go to outdoor events from July 5

  • International travel is set to ease mid-July
  • Weddings of 50 people allowed from July and 100 guests welcomed in August

  • From 5th August, we will see people attending indoor events, 200 at larger venues and 100 in all others

  • The 50% capacity restriction on public transport will be lifted,

  • A further increase in number attending outdoor events.

  • 5,000 spectators can attend matches in big stadiums from August 2nd

The first trial festival of 2021 is due to be held on June 26 with 3,500 people in Phoenix Park.

Other, smaller events planned in June for Iveagh Gardens, INEC Killarney and Limerick Concert Hall, allowing 500 attendees.

Test events for sport over June/July include:

  • Shamrock Rovers vs Finn Harps on June 11 with up to 1,000 people in Tallaght Stadium
  • Cork City vs Cabinteely on June 11 with up to 600 people at Turner’s Cross
  • Leinster vs Dragons June 11 with 1,200 spectators in the RDS
  • Camogie League Final in Croke Park June 20 with 3,000 spectators in Croke Park
  • National Athletics Championship on June 26 with 400 people allowed into the Morton Stadium in Santry
  • 1,000 people will be allowed to attend the Racing at the Curragh