Over 2,600 Limerick students can breathe a sigh of relief after receiving their Leaving Certificate results this Wednesday morning.
However for one county school also marked the end of an era as they said goodbye to their last ever Leaving Cert class. Yesterday Ard Scoil Mhuire secondary school in Bruff closed its doors for the second last time when the last ever Leaving Certificate class received their results.
Principal Sr Geraldine Lennon, who has been teaching Home Economics and Religion at the school for the last 34 years, said it was “nostalgic” to see the class graduate and leave.
“All the students are very happy here today with their results,” she said. “All students passed their exams and others achieved higher points than they expected so we had a great range of results.
“It’s the end of 156 years of education in the school and its hard to see the students walk out the door and know no one will walk back in again. We hope they’ll carry happy memories of their school days with them,” she added.
Scoil Ard Mhuire will open for the very last time in September to give back the Junior Cert results to its final 15 students. However, less than 14km away, Colaiste Chiarain in Croom was busy celebrating incredible results. Nine students achieved over 500 points each with one student receiving eight As and an amazing 625 points.
Principal Noel Malone described the results as “the best yet for the school.
“We had 120 students sitting the Leaving Cert exam this year and across the board we have had some of the best results we have ever seen.
“All students exceeded expectations. I’m absolutely delighted for them all and each student is a great testament to the school.”
Cian Lannon from Ballyneety achieved a perfect Leaving Cert with an astonishing eight As and 625 points. Cian, who hopes to study medicine in Galway, was also in the top 1% for the Hpat medical exam earlier this year.
“I worked very hard since fourth year so I was very happy with my results,” said Cian, adding the key to his impressive performance was to stay focused throughout.
“From the minute you start in fifth year try your best. Don’t leave everything until after the pre exams. Preparation is key,” he said.
Another Colaiste Chiarian student, Mark Noble, said he was “absolutely delighted” with his results. Mark, from Ennis Road, achieved 500 points and hopes to study primary teaching in Mary I.
Mark, who acted as president of the Student Council last year, also achieved 25 extra points for taking higher level maths.