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.
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.”
While he said he understood the sense of excitement being felt by the students, Mr Twomey said it was important to keep things in perspective. “School resumes again tomorrow and I’ve told all parents that I would expect students to be in school. The marking of the Junior Cert is important but it can lead to a culture that isn’t the best way of appreciating things,” he said.
Roisin Ryan from Bulgaden was still on a high when she spoke to the Leader at 10.20am after getting a very impressive 9As and one B in all honours subjects. “I’m delighted,” smiled the 15-year-old who had just spoken to her mum Anne on the phone. She still had to share the good news with her dad Robert and nan, Peggy Murnane, in Ballyneety.
Fifteen-year-old Michelle Brosnan was equally as thrilled with her 8As and two Bs.
“I’m delighted, in shock,” said the Bruree girl.
“We are going to go out in Limerick somewhere but Friday night is the big night - we are going to Club D’Ville in Charleville.”
Bruff girl Elaine Meany was beaming after securing 8As and two Bs in the State exam. “I’m really happy. I rang home so they are all happy for me,” she said.
Local lad Ciaran O’Connor admitted he was “nervous enough” before receiving his results but was chuffed to see 8As and two Bs on the slip of paper. The plan of action he said was to head to Ennis for a change of scenery.
“There are about 20 of us going. We are getting a bus down,” he explained.