These were the crowded scenes last night in which young people flooded the city center within hours of an unprecedented closure announcement full of relaxations.
Crowds descended on Temple Bar on Friday night singing, dancing and drinking with the attendance of up to 100 people or more.
A video showed the groups singing while a trumpet blared in the background as most filmed the scene on their phones.
Some can even be seen holding their drink aloft while other attendees jump around them.
The crushed street scenes occurred just hours after Micheál Martin told the nation that we will soon enjoy the “ordinary, extraordinary” moments in life.
The Taoiseach spoke after announcing the biggest relaxation of restrictions since the destructive third wave of Covid hit our shores late last year.
Martin said that “if we take care of each other” as the country heads toward full vaccination, “the end is within reach.”
The easing will be split over several different dates starting June 2, followed a week later by a further easing on June 7 and again on July 5.
Here are the established changes:
- Hotels will reopen next week, June 2
The test centers and theoretical driver tests will open from June 7
The progressive reopening of day centers for the elderly will begin on June 7
- Gyms and cinemas reopen on June 7
- Outdoor gatherings of 100 people will be allowed in June, increasing to 200 in larger venues
Three households will be allowed to meet starting July 5.
- Indoor pubs will reopen on July 5
Up to 500 people can attend outdoor events starting July 5
- International travel is ready to facilitate in mid-July
Weddings of 50 people allowed from July and 100 guests received in August
Starting August 5, we will see people attending indoor events, 200 in larger venues and 100 in all others.
The 50% capacity restriction on public transport will be lifted,
A further increase in the number of attendees at outdoor events.
5,000 spectators can attend matches in large stadiums from August 2
The first test festival of 2021 will 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 the sport during June / July include:
- Shamrock Rovers vs Finn Harps on June 11 with up to 1,000 people at 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 viewers on RDS
- Camogie League Final at Croke Park on June 20 with 3,000 spectators at Croke Park
- National Athletics Championships on June 26 with 400 people allowed at Morton Stadium in Santry
- 1,000 people will be able to attend Racing in the Curragh