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Rathlin: the island without a single confirmed case of Covid during the pandemic

While more than 124,000 people in Northern Ireland have tested positive for Covid, not a single case has been confirmed on Rathlin Island — due to the pure grit, determination and self-sacrifice of the islanders

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Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island

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Ksenia Zywczuk, who runs the island shop on Rathlin

Ksenia Zywczuk, who runs the island shop on Rathlin

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Clyde Grobler, originally from South Africa, runs a guest house on Rathlin

Clyde Grobler, originally from South Africa, runs a guest house on Rathlin

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No cases of Covid have been confirmed on Rathlin

No cases of Covid have been confirmed on Rathlin

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Rathlin Island

It was during his years on the run from English forces that Robert the Bruce, Scotland’s most famous king, took refuge in a sea cave hidden in the cliffs of Rathlin Island.

Legend has it that during his time there, he watched a spider make six attempts to spin a web across a gap in the cave before finally succeeding on his seventh attempt, prompting Bruce to exclaim: “If this small creature has the tenacity to keep trying till it succeeds, then so can I”.

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Clyde Grobler, originally from South Africa, runs a guest house on Rathlin

Clyde Grobler, originally from South Africa, runs a guest house on Rathlin

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Clyde Grobler, originally from South Africa, runs a guest house on Rathlin

That same determined spirit which is said to have inspired Bruce to regain his crown remains within those living on the island today — and has no doubt played a vital role in keeping residents safe during the coronavirus pandemic.


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