Monday 21 August 2017

It's time that parents stopped funding the drunken debauchery of post-exam holidays

Magaluf is now a destination of choice for the post-Leaving Cert holiday.
Magaluf is now a destination of choice for the post-Leaving Cert holiday.

Barbara Scully

I am very grateful to Mary Coughlan. She is a woman who has been around the block a few times. I don't think she could ever be described as old fashioned, or conservative or out of touch with reality.

This week, Mary stated loud and clear that our children are in trouble. She was referring specifically to the thousands of Irish teenagers who decamp to the Spanish holiday island of Majorca for what has, in the last decade or so, become a 'tradition', that of the post-Leaving Cert holiday. She knows first-hand, unlike most of us, what she is talking about, as she had to fly to Majorca to rescue her 17-year-old son and bring him home.

Why am I grateful to her? Because as a parent of teenagers myself, I know too well that there is a kind of conspiracy of silence from parents about this particular madness of the post-Leaving Cert holiday.

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