DATA on deaths associated with Covid-19 in Clare, in the first two years of the pandemic, show that more than half of fatalities were in the 75+ age group.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) published figures in recent days showing a total of 97 deaths in this county of people who had Covid-19 between March 2020 and February 2022. The youngest was in the 45-54 age range.
There were six deaths of people aged 55-64; 11 in the 65-74 age range; 36 in the 75-84 age range and 43 in the 85+ group. Clare had the lowest number of deaths in Munster.
Deputy Michael McNamara who was Chairperson of the Special Committee on Covid-19 said every death was a tragedy.
“Like all deaths from all causes and of all ages in Clare during that period of time, each death was a tragedy,” he said.
“During most of that time, the pain and loss was frequently compounded by not being able to be with loved ones in their last hours and by the restrictions on funerals, so the normal grieving process was interrupted. It was a time that many still struggle with and few with forget.”
Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald.
Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti.
She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway.
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