As our Head of State, Michael D Higgins has been a beacon of calmness throughout his tenure, not least in the past number of weeks.
The President today spoke on his pride that so many were returning home to fight on the frontlines of the HSE to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking on RTE's Drivetime, President Higgins said that it was wonderful to think that Irish people are taking their citizenship so seriously.
He also added that he expects that in the aftermath of the virus, we'll see "a much better version of the economy, one where people are at the centre of it, and where monetary and fiscal policy is adjusted to the needs of the people rather than the people adjust to the whims of the economy."
Also, speaking on the FM104 Strawberry Alarm Clock, the President urged people to give social distancing "a lash" in order to see the full benefits of the tactic.
We give it a lash in what we're doing this week - in terms of observing the physical distance when we're out doing things and also in relation to other recommendations about hand washing - it means what we do will have a huge effect...
It isn't only young people, all sections of the population have their bit to do.
Adding to his earlier messages, the President delved his poetic roots to deliver a message of hope and reassurance in this trying time through the President's social channels.
Here's the poem 'Take Care' in its entirety. It is taken from Michael D's 1993 collection of poems 'Season Of Fire'.
In the journey to the light,the dark momentsshould not threaten.Beliefrequiresthat you hold steady.Bend, if you will,with the wind.The tree is your teacher,roots at oncemore firmfrom experiencein the soilmade fragile.Your gentle dew will comeand a stirringof powerto go ontowards the spaceof sharing.In the misery of the I,in rage,it is easy to cry outagainst all othersbut to weakenis to diein the misery of knowingthe journey abandonedtowards the sharingof all human hopeand criesis the lossof all we knowof the divinereclaimedfor our sharedhumanity.Hold firm.Take care.Come hometogether.