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County Clare 2020: A Day in My Life
Creative Writing Competition for children and teenagers
Shortlisted 13 to 15 category

County Clare 2020: A Day in My Life
by Eoghan Breslin

Once upon a time life was normal, with nothing untoward happening. A lot has changed now.

People wearing masks every turn you make, dirty looks being thrown at you left, right and centre. You might think you’re just a child but to others eyes you are vermin spreading the deadly virus. Not long ago it was when I could just walk into a shop without a bother, no hushed whispers or ‘Get your mask on.’ Everywhere you go, no life, no energy about the place. Everywhere shut apart from NECESSARY shops, like I mean what are necessary shops anyway. Every shop is necessary, right. The number of cases here has surpassed 2 million. It’s come down to survival of the fittest, half in class, half not. Teachers asking you which is more important, protecting yourself from the virus, or preparing for the junior cert. There is certainly is a lot of confusion. People not sure whether or not they should leave their homes. They’re still trying to get the Premier League season finished, seems pointless to me. Well, being a United fan, it would seem pointless anyway. There’s nothing on TV apart from, wash your Hands, don’t touch your face. No point even looking for hand sanitizers nowadays. It’s like they’re being sucked up by hoovers. I suppose the only good thing about the virus is that we’ve got time on our hands, excuse the pun.

My grandparents are still in self-isolation. Only way to contact them is through the phone. I think they’re sick of their ringtone by this stage. The death toll has reached 100,000 and all I hear is ‘It isn’t finished yet.’ Ah there’s my mother, got to get back to my homework. Oh, and one more thing. Welcome to 2021.

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