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Huge sigh of relief as almost 340,000 pupils return to school, but impact on Covid cases to be measured before full reopening

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Max McGrath (5) dashes out his front door in Oldtown, Cavan, as he heads back to junior infants at Crubany National School, while his fed-up sister Emmie (9), who is in third class, remains at home. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Max McGrath (5) dashes out his front door in Oldtown, Cavan, as he heads back to junior infants at Crubany National School, while his fed-up sister Emmie (9), who is in third class, remains at home. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Max McGrath (5) dashes out his front door in Oldtown, Cavan, as he heads back to junior infants at Crubany National School, while his fed-up sister Emmie (9), who is in third class, remains at home. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

The nation heaved a huge sigh of relief while holding its breath at the same time.

It was a mix of excitement and apprehension as more than one-in-three of the country’s school pupils returned to classrooms for the first time since Christmas.


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