In this illustrated diary Paddy Smith, veteran journalist and Trim native, turns his attention to the worldwide pandemic and records its impact on his family’s daily life as the extraordinary becomes ‘the new normal’. Nothing is beneath his attention and he manages to be both entertaining and poignant, christening the bees, benevolently allowing the neighbours to shop for him, and taking time to regard the clouds in their transits over his native town.


Cocooner: A Lockdown Diary is one of Creative Ireland’s 25 creative projects for older people, produced in collaboration with Meath County Council.


Commenting on the participation of local authorities in Creative Ireland’s Positive Ageing and Creative Well Being Programme, Minister Catherine Martin T.D. said ‘The enthusiasm and energy behind the projects that will be delivered by the local authorities is extraordinary. They are truly imaginative and are innately responsive to the needs of their community. I am delighted to be able to support such thoughtful and engaging projects for our older citizens.’


Jackie Maguire, Chief Executive Meath County Council says “Paddy Smith has embraced the spirit of ‘we’re all in this together’ and manages, through his insights and reflections, to lift the heart in these difficult times.”


Cathaoirleach Cllr. David Gilroy added “I read Paddy’s diary in one sitting and laughed out loud more than once. He has given us a very real record of these remarkable times. I would follow this man’s mind anywhere.”


Cocooner: A Lockdown Diary is now available from Antonia’s Bookstore in Trim, online at at a cost of €10.