SCENES of agony and ecstasy erupted throughout Limerick this Wednesday as over 2,600 students who sat their Leaving Certificate last June finally obtained their results.
Young men and women from all over the city and county braved the monsoon-like rain to obtain their results.
One of many Limerick students who performed remarkably well was Shane Kelly from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh who obtained seven A1s.
Students at Crescent College Comprehensive met early for breakfast at the school before they were handed their results by principal Nick Cuddihy.
Meanwhile, Castletroy College saw a mix of tired and excited bodies ambling through its hallways throughout the morning. A tense and anxious atmosphere enveloped the grounds while students either ripped their envelopes apart or made a quiet escape to the solitude of their cars outside.
Tears of both sorrow and joy fell from the rain-soaked cheeks of the now past students.
Principal Padraig Flanagan was visibly joyous and said: “Results were absolutely fantastic”.
He continued: “This is one of the best years for results from the school. They are reflecting tremendous achievement in subjects that are very topical at the moment, such as project maths and the new Irish curriculum.”
Padraig added: “Our grades reflect the upsurge in achievement and the amount of students who sat higher level maths. I think that project maths has been a major success”.
Rachel Leahy of Lisnagry, shared her view on how the exams went. “I’m really happy with my results. Business or Home Economics were my best subjects while Irish and English proved to be difficult but manageable. I hope to be going to UL or else UCC but it all depends on how the CAO goes,” she smiled.
Richard Kantsevitch, Castletroy, also spoke of his joy: “I’m delighted. Hopefully I will get the course I want which is Theoretical Physics in Trinity College Dublin. Physics was the toughest exam but I still did well in it”.
Students from Presentation Secondary school were welcomed by principal Marion Cummins who personally gave them their results. Marion was happy with the school’s results and declared them “a great success”.
Student Jessica Ahern, of Greenfields, said: “I’m hoping to get a PE course and I’m happy with my results. I did well in maths but I found Irish tough”.
A total of 52,589 students sat the exam last June with 2,613 of those from Limerick, including students who undertook the Leaving Cert Applied programme.