Watch: Saudade – A Reflection on Lockdown

A sign on a walkway in Dún Laoghaire. Photo: Paul Caffrey

By Paul Caffrey, Ruadhan Jones and Kim O’Leary

Have you found yourself longing for normality, for the simple things you took for granted? The Portuguese have a word for it – saudade. It means to long for the presence of the absent thing. offers this visual poem, full of the longing and nostalgia we feel for normality. The reflection draws together footage from our journalists’ localities of Dún Laoghaire, Cork City and Newbridge, with a musical composition by’s Paul Caffrey.

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