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Missing your friends? How I reconnected with old pals – and even made new ones – in lockdown

It’s easy to let friendships slide when you can’t see each other, but good pals — whether that be best buddies, rekindled relationships or new acquaintances — are vital for our mental health during these tough times

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Reconnecting: writer Edel Coffey has been rekindling old friendships. Photo: Andrew Downes

Reconnecting: writer Edel Coffey has been rekindling old friendships. Photo: Andrew Downes

Reconnecting: writer Edel Coffey has been rekindling old friendships. Photo: Andrew Downes

A few years ago, I moved from my home in Dublin across the country to Galway. It’s less than two and half hours on the motorway from city to city, but it felt like I had moved 3,000 miles away because of the tight-knit group of friends that I had left behind me.

WhatsApp and social media were lifesavers for me at the time, offering me ways to stay connected while apart. It was good practice for how we conduct our friendships now.


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