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Grainne Sexton

Grainne Sexton

Colm Mahady / Fennells

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Trinity College

I am a 22-year-old student currently in my penultimate year of a degree in English Literature and History at Trinity College Dublin. I'm from Cork, but have lived away from home for the past three years - an experience which has equipped me with a certain independence.

But the events of the past week, my time in Trinity grinding to a halt and being forced to suddenly move back to Cork, have reminded me that I never really fully appreciated the freedom of student life in Dublin.

Although the coronavirus has featured in the media since January - and was on my radar as something I should potentially worry about - it was only two weeks ago that I truly understood the dangerous reality as the virus arrived in Dublin.