NEARLY 3,000 students received their Junior Certificate examination results across Limerick this Wednesday morning.
There was an outpouring of joy, mixed with relief, at the results this morning, with teachers stressing the continuing importance of the exam, which is the subject of much proposed change by the Department of Education and Skills.
In Limerick 1,305 girls and 1,443 boys in total sat the exams and received their results this morning.
Liz Cregan, deputy principal in the Desmond College in Newcastle West, said the results were “still a big thing for students.
“We are delighted, the results are very good,” she said.
At Colaiste Iosaef in Kilmallock a total of 83 students sat the State exam.
School principal Sean Twomey said the results were “exceptional” this year and the pupils were “over the moon” when they opened them together in the communal area at half past nine.
“We are very happy with our higher level maths results, everybody in our top class got an A or a B,” said Mr Twomey.
“Across the board, we had a lot of students getting five, six, seven and eight As. They were a good group, they put in a lot of work so I am very happy for them.”
In Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ, where 78 pupils received their results this morning, at least two pupils received 10 straight As.
Leanne Nic An Ghaill, 16, from Sixmilebridge, and Aine Ni Uiginn, 15, from Dooradoyle, jumped for jumped on receiving their 10 As at the South Circular Road school in the city.
Twins Julianne and Danielle Grehan, aged 15, from Adare, got a surprise to see that the similarities between them extend beyond their looks - as both received 5 As and 5Bs.
Principal Aedin Ni Bhriain praised all the students on their results, and said the school - which has been voted the best in Munster - places an important emphasis on extra-curricular activities for the student’s all-round development.
Over 60% of their students received As in Irish, Ms Ni Bhriain added.
Nationally, some 60,327 who sat the Junior Cert received results today, with over 600,000 individual grades in 26 different subjects being delivered to the 29,277 female and 31,050 male candidates in this year’s examination.
The overall numbers sitting the examination increased by 0.8% on last year.
Applications for review of Junior Certificate examination results, which must be made through the candidate’s school, should be received by the State Examinations Commission no later than 5pm on Friday, September 26.