Teen to forgo Leaving Cert holiday to Spain due to pandemic – and go on staycation instead
A FATHER has spoken of his pride in his 18-year-old son after he opted not to travel to Spain on a fully paid-for Leaving Cert holiday because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Benny McNulty’s son, Jake (18), decided instead to take a break with six of his friends in Wexford.
However, it has been estimated that more than 2,000 Leaving Cert and first-year college students will travel overseas in the next three weeks – some to countries not even on Ireland’s Green List – despite the Government advice that people should holiday at home this year.
“Of course, I am proud of him – he’s got his head screwed on straight and decided to go on an Irish break with his friends,” the Kildare father-of two said.
“I have to say that not all young people do have their heads screwed on straight.”
It has been a challenging summer in the McNulty home with Jake having his Leaving Cert exams cancelled and his younger brother Conor (15) having his Junior Cert exams scrapped.
Jake now faces a nervous wait until September to learn his assessed grades from his Leaving Cert. He is hoping to study music at a Dublin college.
“Jake decided that if he couldn’t have a normal holiday out in Spain, he wasn’t going to go,” Mr
Jake now faces a nervous wait to learn his assessed grades
McNulty said. “Instead, he is heading with his friends to Curracloe in Wexford for a few days.
“I do feel very sorry for young people over everything that has happened this year.
“They’ve had no debs, no Leaving Cert finishing parties, they have missed out on a load of concerts that they had booked tickets for and they were also hoping to go to Electric Picnic, which is off now as well.”
Mr McNulty said that his son is unsure whether he will get a refund on the Spanish break, which was due to go ahead later this month.
“I think they are looking at the loss of the flights – if their plane takes off, I don’t know if they will get a refund.”
Jake now has a construction job until September – and his father said he was very proud of how Jake approached the entire lockdown.
The teenager’s stance was guided by the strong advice relating to foreign travel from both the Government and healthcare chiefs.
Jake and his girlfriend also played their part by staying apart.
“He took it very seriously – his girlfriend and himself decided they should stay apart in the early part of the lockdown, though they chatted on their phones each day.
“He’s a great lad – I’m very proud of him and his brother.”
Proud dad: Benny McNulty and his son Jake, who has cancelled a Leaving Cert holiday to Spain in favour of a break in Wexford.