Bright sparks make a mark with perfect 12 in Junior Cert
TALENTED teen Ciara Judge is aiming for a hat-trick of triumphs after scoring an impressive 12 As in her Junior Cert.
Last January the 15-year-old Kinsale Community School student was part of the team that won Ireland's BT Young Scientist competition.
Out of the 60,000 students who received their results yesterday, she was one of only 13 students to collect 12 As.
Next Thursday, she flies to Prague in the Czech Republic with fellow pupils Sophie Healy-Thow and Emer Hickey to represent Ireland at the 25th European Young Scientist Finals. Their project on seed germination has already received worldwide plaudits.
"It has been an absolutely fantastic couple of months," said Ciara, whose sister Ashling was the 2006 Young Scientist.
Meanwhile, Colaiste Mhuire, Cobh, Co Cork, student Laura Lynch (16) was heading out for a celebratory pizza with her parents, David and Deirdre, and her younger brother Tony (11) after she also got 12 As.
Presentation College in Cork city was celebrating as student Fiachra Kelleher (15) delivered 12 As. Fiachra hopes to carve out a career in broadcasting and already presents a one-hour programme each Friday evening on a Cork student radio station.
Twins Sean and Oisin Murray (15), pupils of De La Salle Secondary School, Dundalk, Co Louth, were celebrating 22 As between them. While Sean scored 12, Oisin was close behind with 10."I studied with Oisin, and we tested each other, which helped," said Sean.
Ciaran O'Hanlon, a pupil of the Convent of Mercy in Ballymahon, Co Longford, was going out bowling with friends to celebrate his 12 As.
Sarah McNamara (15), a boarder at the Ursuline Convent, Thurles, Co Tipperary described her 12-A triumph as "amazing".
Conall Hayes (15), of Colaiste Chiarain, Leixlip, Co Kildare, who has represented Ireland in athletics, was "shaking" after receiving his stellar 12 As.
Caoimhe Lyons, of Kilrush Community School, Co Clare, was "completely shocked" when she got her results, admitting she was "not expecting it at all".
Bethan Godber, originally from England, initially found Irish difficult when she moved to Ireland eight years ago, but it didn't stop her notching up a Junior Cert A, one of 12 the Co Clare student from St Joseph's Secondary School in Tulla was celebrating.
Another 12-A student, Emma Callaghan (15), of Castlerea Community School, was "delighted", while Laura Fitzpatrick (15) of St Leo's College, Carlow was "a little surprised, but really happy".
In the capital, Saoirse Pagel (16), of Dominican College, Griffith Avenue on the northside of the city, and Cathal Darby of St Mary's College, Rathmines, on the southside, were also celebrating 12 As.