Under the Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions announced last night, non-contact sports training can continue for school-aged children, outdoors in pods of 15.
For many families, those sessions have become increasingly important, amidst concerns about young people's health and well-being.
Non-contact sports training can continue for school-aged children, outdoors in pods of 15. For many, those sessions have become increasingly important. We spoke to juvenile players at Fingallian's GAA club about how they are coping with "the new normal".(Tap for best view on 📱) pic.twitter.com/UO51w6UJyF— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 20, 2020
Before last night's announcement, we spoke to juvenile players at Fingallian's GAA club in Swords about how they are coping with "the new normal".
"It was a relief knowing I could get back on the field and play the game. There's not much else I wanted," says Cormac Dromgoole, 14, from Dublin.
Cormac is one of around 1,200 juvenile players in Fingallians GAA Club in north Co Dublin.
"It’s been hard. We felt like we had a really good chance this year. We had two good starts in the hurling and football, now we don’t know if we’re going to be able to finish the season."
One of Cormac’s teammates is 15-year-old Adam Blake. Adam is worried about going into another lockdown and not being able to see his grandparents.
"I just keep thinking I’m going to end up back where I was in lockdown where I’m not talking to most of my mates and feeling isolated in my house.
"One of the main things is not being able to see my nana and grandad for ages again. I missed them loads the first time and I felt like I had nobody to talk to."
Abi McKeating, 16, plays for the ladies team in Fingallians.
Abi misses how her training used to be, but knows that restrictions are in place to help things get back to normal.
"We need to be doing more contact, but I know we can’t under these circumstances.
"Nothing is the same but we need to keep doing what we’re doing and hopefully things will get better in the future."
Keelagh Gargan, 15, is Abi’s teammate. She feels like she is missing out on her teenage years and is looking forward to normality.
"I feel like when you’re a teenager you see your friends a lot more. Now we can hardly see them and I feel like I’m missing out. It’s hard but it has to be done."
Keelagh added: "I’ll never take going to training or just having a conversation with my friends in school without wearing a mask for granted again.
"It’s the little things to be honest. I can’t wait to get back to normal with no masks or social distancing. I never want to hear that phrase again."