There was a quiet return to sporting activity in clubs and facilities up and down the country yesterday, which was exactly what we needed.

Most clubs and members seemed to be adopting a self-policing approach to the 5KM advice and a change in the advice regarding Over 70’s, allowing them to play if they chose was another easing that had been distributed to tennis clubs off the back of comments by Simon Harris on Sunday.

RTÉ sent cameras to Sligo to chat with golfers teeing off at Rosses Point and Irish Independent journalist Conor McKeown has written a feature in this morning’s paper about his round at Hermitage Golf club in West Dublin with his Dad.

“No Zoom meetings, no whats app emoji quizzes, no sporting nostalgia, no Covidupdates. Just fresh air and mild level competition with people other than those you have been in solitary confinement with for two months,” was how he summed up the simple pleasures on the course.

John O’Sullivan in the Irish Times headed for Monkstown Tennis Club where he was greeted by Susie Kennelly in her role as Club President and chief ticker offer on the list of pre-booked courts.

Kennelly’s husband is Ciaran, the former Senior Handicapper with Horse Racing Ireland and her role in days gone by was as private secretary to Seamus Heaney.

Ireland is a place where social connectivity reduces our degrees of separation from the global standard seven to what seems at times to be less than one.

That, of course, is the magic number in terms of reproduction of the virus and it is in maintaining our social distance, while reviving our social nature, that the key to a successful return from the lockdown will lie.

It was great as well to see the ever-excellent photographers of Inpho and Sportsfile back taking images of actual sport if not quite in the same visceral atmosphere they are used to working in.

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