Countless numbers of white roses have been laid out at the Countrywide War Memorial Gardens in Dublin as a tribute to the men and women who have died of the coronavirus.

A overall of 7,497 rose stems have been placed – a single for every single life lost to it on the island of Eire.

Dr Patrick Seigne, a marketing consultant intensivist at Cork University Hospital who assisted to organise the initiative, said the tribute to the lives shed to Covid-19 offered a possibility for family associates, frontline personnel and the country to grieve.

He explained the roses request to humanise the faceless each day figures that individuals have turn out to be accustomed to through the pandemic.

“I saw a whole lot of sadness around the very last 18 months…I observed a large amount of death and I didn’t definitely come to feel that a lot of the people had an acceptable possibility to mourn.”

Dr Seigne was 1 of dozens of medical practitioners, nurses, paramedics and other frontline team who cycled from hospitals throughout the state to the gardens in Islandbridge, exactly where a moment of silence was held.

A lot more than €126,000 has so considerably been raised by the ICU4U memorial charity cycle for 4 charities encouraging more mature individuals, giving psychological wellbeing supports and researching complicated to take care of cancers.


Dr Catherine Motherway, an intense care specialist at University Clinic Limerick, cycled to the gardens and said she felt “quite emotional” about the tribute.

“Many of the sufferers we missing in ICU we knew. They experienced been with us for a lengthy time. We realized these people ahead of we put them on ventilators,” she said, incorporating that some people had been engrained in her memory.

“Some due to the fact of their character, some due to the fact of the do the job that they set in and we place in and even now we misplaced the battle.”

Eileen Finucane planted a long lasting pink rose tree in the gardens in memory of her partner Seamus (59), who died with the virus final 12 months. She praised the “great work” of the intense care group at Cork University Hospital and urged people today to protect them selves via vaccination.

Chilly experience

Peter O’Connor, brother to Seamus, reported losing a sibling in the course of a Covid-19 wave was a “very chilly experience”, with no option to check out him right after he was admitted to hospital.

“He was only 59, a yr older than myself. He was hilarious, outgoing, jolly… We even now haven’t stated our final farewell as a spouse and children. We still have to celebrate his existence and give him the mail off he warrants,” he said.

Users of the public are inspired to take a look at the floral tribute on Saturday and to just take a rose in memory of their shed beloved 1. Additional info about the result in and donating to it can be located at