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It finally feels as though we are at the end of lockdown. People are venturing outdoors again, meeting friends for coffee, and hugging cherished family members.

Although many were hit hard during the pandemic, I choose to focus on the re-opening of society, as depicted as a coffee shop, for artists and musicians. Creatives in Ireland were profoundly impacted by the pandemic and livelihoods were wiped out almost overnight. While we are not out of the woods yet, that venues and creative spaces are beginning to re-emerge gives me hope.

My name is Patrick Murphy, I’m an illustrator, designer and motion graphic artist based in Dublin. You can find my work on Instagram and Facebook at @patrickmurphydraws and my website,

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