PEOPLE FROM across Ireland dropped what they were doing last night to join the nation in a rousing round of applause for frontline workers bravely battling on through the coronavirus crisis.
The public were encouraged to take a moment at 8pm to show their thanks for healthcare workers and those working in care and other essential sectors during this hour of need.
"During these unprecedented times, let us show our true appreciation for all the Nurses, Doctors, GPs, Ambulance crews, carers, support staff, of our health boards for their ongoing hard work as they continue to fight the Covid-19 virus,” a widely shared message read.
"Let us all applaud them to say thank you on Thursday, March 26 at 8pm.
"Give a big round of applause from your front doors, gardens, windows, living rooms - wherever! To show them how much we appreciate all they are doing.
"Please comply with social distancing rules."
From the Dáil chamber to the streets of Galway, people took a moment to applaud frontline workers tackling Covid-19 tonight pic.twitter.com/CVhdn7PXyy
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 26, 2020
In an incredible show of support, people from every walk of life joined in with the campaign.
From politicians in the Dail to people on the streets of Dublin 8, thousands upon thousands lined the buildings and streets of Ireland – keeping a safe distance from one another - as a show of respect.
Church bells and fireworks could even be heard during the applause.
— Mick D'Arcy (@the_dorce) March 26, 2020
The round of applause provided a much-needed boost to those on the frontline facing ever-growing numbers of coronavirus cases.
In the meantime, the public is being urged to continue doing their bit for the pandemic by staying at home and halting the spread of this deadly virus.
With Ireland in lockdown for at least two more weeks and further social distancing and travel restrictions set to stay in place beyond that, it remains crucial for everyone to do their bit and honour the work and sacrifice of those on the frontline.