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BMX ride with my son was a wake-up call... I won't let fear rob me of finding pleasure in a time of hope

Larissa Nolan


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Euphoria: Larissa Nolan with her son Kookie as they cycle along a quiet Cuffe Street near St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

Euphoria: Larissa Nolan with her son Kookie as they cycle along a quiet Cuffe Street near St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

Euphoria: Larissa Nolan with her son Kookie as they cycle along a quiet Cuffe Street near St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

I did something I never thought I'd do, on the Easter bank holiday weekend. I rode around an empty St Stephen's Green with my son, on BMX bikes.

And I experienced a feeling I didn't think possible right now - euphoria.

It was exhilarating. Just us, and cops and cycle couriers. It was like we owned the city. This is our 2km radius. I felt a sense of pride of place, a sudden rush of release. In the middle of a lockdown, I felt free.