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Mixed emotions as Northern Ireland children head off to P1 for first time

Parents tell of their pride and anxiety amid pandemic

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Excited: Mary Strachan and her grandson Thomas

Excited: Mary Strachan and her grandson Thomas

Excited: Mary Strachan and her grandson Thomas

Sending a child off to school for the first time is never easy.

On the one hand, there's pride at watching those first steps into a wider world, but it's matched with anxiety over how they will cope away from home, possibly for the first time.

Little Alice Crory took her first steps without a care in the world last Tuesday as she headed off to Naiscoil An Lonnáin on the Falls Road, Belfast.