And now for the well deserved celebration - Leaving Cert students party
Thousands of celebrating students descended on the pubs and clubs of Dublin city centre yesterday evening with one objective in mind – to have a good time.
The brown envelopes had been opened, the Leaving Cert points totted up and now it was finally time to celebrate with their fellow school-leavers.
The Palace Nightclub on Camden Street and Copper Face Jacks and Dicey’s on Harcourt Street were the hot spots of choice as the crowds arrived in their droves from 10pm onwards.
And, after ten months of studying for their end-of-school exams, the sole objective was to let their hair down.
“I’m most looking forward to just getting all the friends together before we all split up to go to different colleges in September,” one Knocklyon student said.
Her friend was looking forward to drinks and a ‘good dance’.
Gardai said they are not aware of any major public disorder in the capital last night.
Another party-goer, from Drimnagh, said her group of friends were aware of the bad press the Leaving Cert celebrations receive.
“We’ve seen the carry-on on the newspapers and, to be honest, we’re just out to have a good time and not be too messy, just to have our few drinks and a good night,” she said.
The revellers were just some of the 57,000 students that received their Leaving Cert results today.
One student secured an incredible nine A1 grades in his exams this year, and 13 students received eight A1 grades.
Fee-paying St Michael’s College in Ballsbridge were proud to reveal their own pupil Conor Gallagher(18), also from Ballsbridge, as having the top results in Ireland.
“I wasn’t really expecting it – not at all,” a delighted Conor told independent.ie.
“I was happy with how I did on the day, but I didn’t expect to get anything like this. It’s a bit surreal.
“I was shocked and delighted [when I opened them] – it was a mixture of the two,” he added.