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Irish Children – and Now Parents – Are Afraid of the Unsanitized Outdoors

Irish Children – and Now Parents – Are Afraid of the Unsanitized Outdoors
We’ve all seen them. The families who rock up to some fabulous forest, coastal stretch or national park and don’t venture beyond the car-park – or the coffee shop, if there is one.


We might say they are lazy and don’t want to walk 50 yards, says the chief executive of the Heritage Council of Ireland, Michael Starrett, but he believes it is often fear that holds them back. They are just not comfortable in the unsanitized outdoors.Some of the first generation of children in Ireland to start becoming disconnected from the natural world are now young parents. Those unfamiliar with tramping a virgin path through long grass, or losing themselves in a maze of trees or wading into rock pools to find sea-life left stranded by the retreating tide, are in no position to introduce their offspring to these delights.


Some of the first generation of children in Ireland to start becoming disconnected from the natural world are now young parents. Those unfamiliar with tramping a virgin path through long grass, or losing themselves in a maze of trees or wading into rock pools to find sea-life left stranded by the retreating tide, are in no position to introduce their offspring to these delights.
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