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Lives on hold: A year of Covid through the eyes of our teenagers

From missing out on school to finding time to explore new hobbies, the pandemic has transformed our children’s lives

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Alana Ni Chuinneagain (17) from Co Galway deals with stress by running. Picture: Ray Ryan

Alana Ni Chuinneagain (17) from Co Galway deals with stress by running. Picture: Ray Ryan

Alana Ni Chuinneagain (17) from Co Galway deals with stress by running. Picture: Ray Ryan

A year after the first case of Covid was notified in Ireland, we are all living in a changed landscape. And none more so than our children. From pre-schoolers to Leaving Cert students, each age group has had to sacrifice parts of growing up that we parents took for granted: the chance to go to school, the pleasure of meeting up with friends, the fun and games to be had at sports clubs or other activities.

What has it been like for them, with all of those essential components of childhood taken off the table? What is it like, to watch and wait for normality to resume?


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