"There are some things that no lockdown can ever postpone, shut down, cancel or take from you."
President Michael D Higgins has sent a message to all sixth class students across Ireland, who would be going into their final week of primary school in normal circumstances.
President Higgins thanked the children of Ireland for the collective effort put in to stop the spread of Covid-19, and wished them well as they finished primary school in such difficult circumstances.
He said: "Although your school buildings have been closed now for many weeks, the fact that you have remained united has shown that there are some things that no lockdown can ever postpone, shut down, cancel or take from you, including the connection you share with your fellow pupils, your teachers, and with all those who have made school and your community such an important part of your life.
"In September you will be commencing a new and exciting chapter of your lives, during which I hope all of you will be able to look back on your years in primary school with gratitude, affection and humour too.
"As you now say goodbye to your primary school years, and look forward to your first year in secondary school, may I wish each and every one of you every happiness as you continue your educational journey."
You can watch Higgins' full speech here:
Clip via Áras an Uachtaráin