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BLUE IN THE FACE Holly Carpenter blasts 'selective' trolls for defending Dublin GAA players over alleged Covid breach

The former Miss Ireland hit back at GAA fanatics who previously slated her for admitting to breaking the 5km travel rule to go sea swimming.


Holly Carpenter

Holly Carpenter

Holly Carpenter

Former Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter has spoken about double standards over breaking Level 5 restrictions.

The social media influencer came under fire last week after admitting to bending the 5km travel rule to go sea swimming for her mental health.

And she clapped back at those defending the Dublin GAA stars caught allegedly breaching lockdown for a secret early morning training session yesterday.

“I got dragged online last week after I said that I think it’s ok to bend restrictions if it’s needed for your mental health (like leaving your 5k for a sea swim or whatever) & I just know the same people who slated me are sticking up for the GAA lads training today,” she tweeted today.

“I don’t really care if people are playing outdoor sports tbh. I’m just getting tired of people being so selective with which restriction breaches offend them.

“Most people I know have left their 5k or have had a haircut or guests in their home at this point.”


A group of Dublin GAA players participate at unauthorised training session

A group of Dublin GAA players participate at unauthorised training session

A group of Dublin GAA players participate at unauthorised training session

Former model Holly has previously opened up about her mental health struggles in lockdown over the past year.

Speaking to Pat Kenny on Newstalk last week, she told how she believes the current third lockdown is the most difficult for people.

"Everyone is exhausted right now," she said. "I think the biggest problem is that we're not getting enough encouragement and people have lost that 'we're in this together' feeling and 'we're nearly there'.

"I think people are just feeling like it's going on and on and there's no end in sight."


Holly Carpenter

Holly Carpenter

Holly Carpenter

Daffodil Day ambassador Holly recently told the Sunday World how her dad, Karl, had privately battled rare blood cancer, myelodysplastic syndrome, during lockdown.

And she explained how her personal battle with depression and anxiety also made her wary of spreading a message of "toxic positivity" among her 97k Instagram followers during the difficult time.

"I don't think it's good to be consistently negative but to be honest and recognise this is really tough and it's OK if you're angry," she shared. "It's OK if you're frustrated and fed up because so am I.

"I also think it can come across as quite entitled for someone in a privileged position to be going, 'Why don't you just wake up every morning and do a 10km run, make this smoothie, write down your affirmations'.

"I prefer a little bit of realism and I prefer to say people saying this is crap and it's OK to admit that you're not happy right now."

Claiming the Irish public has been "left in the lurch" by the government, the told the radio presenter she doesn't know anyone who has "100pc" stayed within their bubble or 5km of their home since lockdown began.

And a poll of her Instagram followers backed up her theory of "lockdown fatigue" with 95pc agreeing they're fed-up with the restrictions.

"It's just that catch 22," she continued. "I feel for me to go for a sea swim that might be 6km or 7km away but I'm going on my own in my car and it's making me feel ten times better, then I don't feel like I'm doing anything wrong.

"So I think there are a few cases like that when you have to slightly bend your rules for your mental health

"That's not to say have house parties or anything like that but I think at this stage people are just doing what they need to to get through ."

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