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Barbara McCarthy


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'School’s been out for summer since March and students are on the rampage now' (stock photo)

'School’s been out for summer since March and students are on the rampage now' (stock photo)

'School’s been out for summer since March and students are on the rampage now' (stock photo)

You'd have to feel sorry for the kids who gathered in Stephen's Green in Dublin for a mini 'illegal rave' on the hottest day of the year.

More than 100 young people, desperately clinging to some vestiges of summer fun, freedom and unbridled rite-of-passage craic, were jumping up and down to tunes from a ghetto blaster. School's been out for summer since March and students are on the rampage now. Thanks to the virus, whose name I'm too sick and tired to mention, there's still a cap on fun, despite entering the next phase in our endless roadmap to the life we had before.

Watching Glastonbury highlights, on what should have been its 50th anniversary, reminded me how far away from that we are. I was aching to be young, standing in a field in 1994 listening to Orbital or watching the sublime David Bowie in 2000, free and unhinged.