When William Woods won 1,000 euros (£860) in the lottery, the 10-year-old knew what to do: buy a herd of calves.
The blockade has disrupted school education and prevented meetings with friends, so spending a few days in the field to take care of his herd seemed to be a breeze for the young farmer.
“The cow is my favorite animal, why not buy some?” William Say to RTÉ“I am proud of buying them. I think, what should I do with this money, should I save money for college or calves? I save money for calves, I will raise these and sell them and make a profit .”
The son of a farmer in Ballyconnell, Cavan County, does not regret buying these six animals. He said that caring for them has proven to be a good way to relieve the pressure of Covid-19 restrictions.
“I miss my friends very much. Now the Mavericks have become my friends-I will laugh with them in the field, they are very funny,” he said. “It taught me that you need to actually work for something, because you can’t just sit on the couch and say nothing to do:’Oh, my life is a mess.’ You need to have something you love.”
William won the money in the credit union lottery at Christmas. He is still surprised by his purchase. “These cute calves. I like to check them, make sure they are eating, make sure they are healthy, eat grass, etc.. If they don’t eat, they will get sick. It’s a very strange feeling because they are mine. .”