A MOTHER and son were among those celebrating their Leaving Certificate results, as they both sat the examination in the same year.
Sinead and Bryan Hanrahan, Thomondgate, exchanged their results on Wednesday outside Limerick Adult Education College where Sinead studied.
The mother who returned to education said that she worked extremely hard, balancing her studies and minding her children.
“I brought my kids to school, then I came here and when I left I collected them, it was all go, but it was worth it,” she said. Her son Bryan, who is hopeful that he will go on to study computer game development at the University of Limerick, joked that his mother studied harder than him.
Elizabeth Hogan, who left school early to go into employment, urged young people to stick with education.
“There is an expression; ‘If I knew then what I know now’, I would have done things slightly differently, I would have stayed on at school,” she added.
Ms Hogan, one of the eldest in the class, describing herself as being between 55 and 70, said that she received great encouragement and that “if you want something badly enough you have to stick with it”.
Celine Fortune, a qualified accountant, decided on a return to education to facilitate a career change to art, after the business she was working for closed down.
The mother of four, who took Leaving Cert art and a five module QQI course in art, craft and design, said that the class helped each other throughout the year.
“People are here because they want to be here, not because they have to be, so they really help each other, even on coffee breaks you talk about things and your learning,” she said.
Teresa Wernik-Skalskt, originally from Poland, also received her Leaving Cert and said that great support is available at Limerick Adult Education College. She will now go on to study Laboratory Techniques at Limerick College of Further Education.
The adult Leaving Certificate programme is run at Limerick Adult Education College through the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS).
Patricia Kennedy, VTOS Coordinator at Limerick Education College commended the effort put in by the students.
“We are delighted with the results, they are absolutely wonderful, everyone did brilliant, and it showed they put in the effort,” she said.
VTOS offers Junior and Leaving Certificate as well as QQI courses up to Level 5 and are now enrolling.