'It's a military operation' - Parents of 13 children reveal reality of the school run
It's not exactly cheaper by the baker's dozen for one Irish family putting together the pieces for another school year - with a whopping €3,000 spent on putting their children through the education system.
Paul Maher (42) and his wife Edel (43), from Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, will have 11 of their 13 children attending primary and secondary school this year, with the other two in pre-school and college.
Eoin (18) will be going to DCU, with Cian (16), Darragh (15), Cathal (14) and Conor (12), in secondary school.
Twins Odhran and Oisín (11), Fionn (10), Aisling (9), Cillian (7), Sadhbh (6) and Caoimhe (4) will be in primary, with Dáithí (3) in playschool.
Mr Maher said there was a "military-style operation" set for Monday morning, when the majority go back to school.
There'll be almost 20 new shirts that need ironing on Sunday night - not forgetting all the lunches that need to be prepared.
"I'd say in total we probably bought in and around 18 new shirts and then the trousers and skirts too," Mr Maher said.
"All the lunches and schoolbags would be lined up for everyone the night before school.
"We couldn't function as a family in the morning if everyone was looking for a shirt or a tie in the morning.
"Everyone knows exactly where everything is, it's like a military operation.
"The kids do get involved in lunch making too," he added. When it comes to getting to school, there's even more work involved.
The Maher family don't live far enough away from the school to qualify for the bus scheme that takes children to school.
While at one stage the family had a mini-bus, this was eventually sold as it became too expensive to run - with three car runs now the only option.