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ASSEMBLY LINE: Students Dylan Collins, Oisin Coyle and Shane Collins with school principal Fergal McCarthy at Kinsale Community School, Cork. Photo: Daragh McSweeney

ASSEMBLY LINE: Students Dylan Collins, Oisin Coyle and Shane Collins with school principal Fergal McCarthy at Kinsale Community School, Cork. Photo: Daragh McSweeney

ASSEMBLY LINE: Students Dylan Collins, Oisin Coyle and Shane Collins with school principal Fergal McCarthy at Kinsale Community School, Cork. Photo: Daragh McSweeney

It is the new normal at Kinsale Community School. In an empty classroom last Monday, a staff member from Cork University Hospital's infectious disease unit produced a batch of face masks imported from China.

Before her were two of the school's brightest pupils, Oisin Coyle (17) and Shane Collins (16), and their school principal, Fergal McCarthy. The meeting was not about the boys' future career choices but rather what they could do about the masks?

The KN95 facemasks were part of the consignment of personal protection equipment imported by the Health Service Executive from China.