SOME 2,800 teenagers across Limerick shook off the stresses and strains of the last three school years by celebrating their Junior Cert results in style.
Principals throughout the city and county began handing out the all-important slips of paper from 9am on Wednesday with some schools opting to wait until late in the afternoon in an effort to curtail excess celebrations.
Similar to the Leaving Cert students, this year’s Junior Certificate recipients had a day of gloomy weather, but also had an evening of celebrations.
At Colaiste Iosaef in Kilmallock, the 77 Junior Cert students assembled in the school hall at 10am to be handed their results from principal Sean Twomey.
“They are over the moon. These have been our best Junior Cert results during my tenure anyway,” said Mr Twomey.
“We brought them all into the gym and they get a little drink and bag of crisps afterwards. We relax our rules on the use of mobile phones for the duration of that class and allow them to ring home and contact parents and friends and let them know how they have done.”
All across the city centre, transition year and fifth year students walked around, proudly holding their certificates like accessories, to show off three years of hard work.
Amongst the many successful secondary schools was Ard Scoil Rís, where students Mark Considine, Luke Doherty, Eoin Caffery and Goffrey Keating achieved 10 As.
The North Circular Road school gained another achievement when all of Padraig Doyle’s 30 students received top marks in history.
Gardai issued congratulations to “all those who received their results” and wished students “a good and safe night tonight”.