How children are coping with 'crappy' Covid-19 virus restrictions

As the Covid-19 restrictions continue, Susan O’Shea hears about the effects the ‘crappy’ virus is having on children, what they miss most, life with mum as the múinteoir, and some of the upsides, like doing your homework in your pjs, no porridge for breakfast, and slumber parties until midnight

Ruby Ryan, age 5

How children are coping with 'crappy' Covid-19 virus restrictions

The virus is something that spreads around the world and it makes people sick, and it even makes them die. They have a big, big cough and a sneeze. You have to use your shoulder if you cough and sneeze. Or you can use a tissue.

We are in lockdown because if you touch someone you don’t know they might have the Covid-19. And then you touch another person and they touch another person and they get all the Covid-19s.

We can’t go to Nan and Grandad and Uncle Ev and Auntie Nic or see Lara -Ruby’s godmum-. Or see Nana Ger and our cousins. I miss giving lots and lots of hugs and kisses.

We can’t go to school. I miss múinteoir Mary. It’s kind of funny — mum is like the teacher. Usually my teacher has glasses but my mum doesn’t. It’s nice to be able to hug mum and dad whenever I want. They are home all the time now, even though they are working.

I want to go to the playground in Crosshaven.

I miss the hot chocolate shop with mum. But we can actually make hot chocolate at home. We just need more marshmallows.

Natalie Ryan, age 7

How children are coping with 'crappy' Covid-19 virus restrictions
Natalie Ryan, kids in lockdonw feature, ref Susan O'Shea

Covid-19 is a virus that makes people sick. If you go very, very close to them they’ll get it, or if you sneeze or cough. What if every doctor got it? We’d all die! You must do social distancing and make sure you give people space on the footpath.

I don’t get to see my friends – usually I would be going to school and I would see Lauren. I miss my teacher. Most of all I miss hugging nan and grandad and Nana Ger and Grandad Bernie.

My birthday party in Airtastic was postponed. I miss going to the shop for ice cream. I even miss putting on my uniform. But I don’t miss porridge!

It’s weird seeing the same people all the time but I have three sisters to play with. It feels kind of weird when mum and dad are my teachers. But it’s kind of cool too — it’s like having a new teacher. And it’s cool doing my school work in my PJs.

Tom Óg Ó Duinnín, age 6

How children are coping with 'crappy' Covid-19 virus restrictions

I think the virus is a really bad sickness going around. The worst thing is that it is killing people. And I hope it stops soon. I can’t see my friends and I can’t even go to school. And, we are not allowed to hug people or kiss people because if we do we might spread it or get it. I really, really miss my grandparents. I’m looking forward to seeing my teachers, friends and cousins again. I will miss feeding my pet lambs when lockdown is over though. One of our pet lambs died and it was so sad, but we have four other pet lambs we mind — Lambie, Jamie, Rambie and Shamie. It’s nice having mammy and daddy home all the time. I can talk to them all the time. Sometimes my Mom has to work on her computer but I’m always free to go farming with my Dad if I want to.

Donnchadh Ó Duinnín, age 9

The virus is a very deadly flu that people are dying of all over the world, and it is very contagious. If we weren’t in lockdown we would be in contact with people and then we might contract or give someone the virus. I miss seeing my friends and playing with my friends and cousins. I really miss hugging and kissing my granny and grandad. I am looking forward to seeing everybody I love again.

We have a baby sister called Danú and she is so cute so I love being at home with her all the time. My Mom is at work and my Dad is farming, so it is great to have them home all the time now.

My brother and I had a slumber party with my Mom and Dad in their bedroom. We watched movies and slept in their room on mattresses and we even stayed up until midnight.

Tara Fitzgerald, age 10

How children are coping with 'crappy' Covid-19 virus restrictions

When the teacher announced that we would be off school for a few weeks because of the virus, I never thought it would be this long! Even though we did go into lockdown, I thought we would be back after Easter. It’s kind of normal now to get up, come downstairs and find people talking about Covid-19 on the radio. I really miss my friends. Even though we video call sometimes, it’s really not the same! I miss my two nans as well and also my teacher.

I have been getting very creative lately and my brother and sisters and I have a pet snail that we found in the garden. I also made a cardboard toy for my little brother’s birthday.

Before the virus came to Ireland, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to do things with my older sister but now we do things together every day like practising our gymnastics and I really like how we have been able to bond together more.

Rian Fitzgerald, age 5

How children are coping with 'crappy' Covid-19 virus restrictions

The Coronavirus came from China which is so far away. It looks like a circle, like a blob with spikes around it. We have to stay at home. We can’t play with our friends. I miss my friends Nathan and Sam and my teacher. We have to wash our hands a lot. We can’t go to the playground or to play centres. I like staying at home. I like playing with my car tracks with my sister Fiadh and I like cycling outside. My mammy bosses me to do my homework which is annoying. My favourite homework was making a robot with cylinders. I called him ‘Robo’. ‘

Emer Hayes, age 8

How children are coping with 'crappy' Covid-19 virus restrictions

I miss my friends a lot and I can’t wait to see them again. Not everything in lockdown is bad....I really like making fairy doors with my Dad and I have been planting sunflower seeds with my Mum. I’ve been having some fun with my brother even if he is driving me crazy! Home schooling has caused a couple of problems but it is not too bad because my Mum is a teacher... I think my Mum is missing my teacher more than me because Fionn and I have driven her a little crazy while she is also trying to work.

I have been doing a lot of running and cycling . I miss my Nanas and my cousins, I can’t wait to see them again. My communion has been postponed but that is okay since I understand why it has to be.

Amy Savage, age 8

The coronavirus has always been here but this one is basically like a bad flu that can really hurt some older people. I think we’re in lockdown because kids don’t really get the virus but we can spread it. Like if we went to Cork to visit our family we could give it to nana Mary, nanny Jo or grandad Kieran without knowing it and they could get really sick or die

What has changed for me? I basically can’t go anywhere except on a walk. The thing I miss the most is just having fun. Going to school, going to dance and visiting our family in Cork. I’m looking forward to going back to dance and seeing my friends and family.

I couldn’t have a birthday party and my communion is cancelled so I’d like a party. Having mammy and daddy home all the time is... ehh... it’s ok. I really enjoy it. Dad is working from home now so we see him around the same amount. When all of this is over I’m going to run out the door and hug my friends. I can’t wait to see them face to face, not on the computer or phone.

Chloe Savage, age 10

How children are coping with 'crappy' Covid-19 virus restrictions
Chloe and Amy Savage, Balbriggan, Co Dublin

I think the virus is very crappy and annoying! We have to be in lockdown so we won’t spread the virus to other people. Since the lockdown my life is upside down. I can’t see my friends or go to school. The things I miss most is meeting my friends and my family. I can’t wait to visit my relatives in Cork. It’s fun most of the time having mammy and daddy home all the time. We have learned to bake with mam and do gardening with dad. The first thing I am going to do when the lockdown ends is go outside and play with my friends.

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