Hundreds of teenagers are flying out to the Algarve this week and next, for the annual post-Leaving Cert fun in the sun.
Some cancelled their trips, but many are going ahead, despite it being against public health guidelines and despite a warning from the World Health Organisation (WHO) it is young people driving a rise in cases.
It seems mean-spirited to lambast teenagers, and in particular Leaving Cert kids, but no matter what angle you take, this is irresponsible.
There is a righteousness creeping in, which may be unattractive but appears to be justified, about international travel - and, in particular, to countries outside the green list. Portugal is one of those countries. And this week it has emerged some countries on the green list have even seen cases rise.
While the optics are terrible; in the same week it's discovered people who have lost their livelihoods were getting their pandemic payment stopped because they went abroad, groups of privileged teenagers take off to villas in the Algarve - but as with all stories involving human beings, when you drill down the reality is nuanced.
The plan was to go to Magaluf after the last exam at the end of June.
The holidays were cancelled in the thick of lockdown, and then, in May when it was announced the Leaving was off, flights were changed to Faro.
At the time it was assumed Portugal would be on the green list. At the time it was assumed life would be back to near-normal; by the end of July we would be out of the woods.
I spoke to a parent whose child flew out yesterday to the Algarve with 65 teenagers from the same private school.
It had been a difficult few weeks, as this parent did not want their teenager going abroad. But her teenager had a strong case. They were renting villas, not a hotel. Everyone was going. They would be hanging out in each other's villas as many of the bars are closed.
Some parents were already in the area. Teenagers do not get ill. Why could they not go when there were tourists coming into Ireland, and families were travelling to Portugal and elsewhere. She said because it was the patriotic thing to do, to act for the collective good. She won, but he was so downcast, she changed her mind.
Like many of his friends, he had worked all summer and paid for the holiday himself.
She felt scared of the repercussions if he did not go.
And I understand that fear about your child's unhappiness - it's a strong force.
And I do not blame the teenagers for wanting to get away to the cold beers, blazing sun and sea breeze. This year has been a damp squib.
It is not just private schools that go. I went to Muckross in Dublin, and we did this rite of passage.
I remember the excitement when we filed into the travel agent in the Westbury Mall in March to solemnly pay our 20pc deposit in cash - the hours of babysitting.
How we pored over brochures to distinguish between high rise concrete apartment blocks in Playa del Ingles. Teenagers these days have certainly moved up in the world.
The fortnight of drinking and carousing that saw me return with mouth ulcers from a lack of proper food, and the phone number of a randomer I had invited to my debs was, in the end, a disappointment.
My parents did not want me to go, but they had little choice.
It had been looked forward to so fervently, an earthquake could not have stopped me going. Would a pandemic?
So, perhaps it is hypocritical of me to say it is disappointing the teenagers went - there is no sugar coating it, it was a bad show.
If one party had to be scapegoated I would blame the parents - if a critical mass came together could they not have stopped it?
Professor emeritus of epidemiology of infectious diseases at University of Nottingham Keith Neal said social distancing can be hard for teenagers.
"It is possible that social distancing will not be maintained on these holidays and the implication in Leicester, where they had a second lockdown recently, was that young people were particularly likely to be infected.
"I would be just as worried about the risk of catching chlamydia, and getting drunk and falling off a balcony or being involved in a road traffic accident, as an 18-year-old that gets Covid is unlikely to get particularly sick. However, travelling abroad increases the number and duration of contacts which ups the chances of picking up the virus and passing it on to more vulnerable relatives on their return - though with quarantine this could be managed".
How likely is it these teenagers will quarantine when they get back? We are at a sensitive junction and transmission has to stay low. The schools are set to reopen, to much relief, but other businesses are still closed.
The early cases of Covid in Ireland were from people returning from skiing in Italy - including a lot of transition year student trips - and now there is a risk of cases going up again.
The parents need to be called out on this - what message has been learned?
At best it suggests a sense of entitlement they went, at worst a failure to accept solidarity is what is needed now in these febrile times, no matter how well ventilated the villa -everyone needs to abide by the same rules.