Leaving Cert euphoria was tinged with great sadness for two schools, deep in mourning for a teenage boy and girl who died before they had a chance to collect their results.
Counsellors and psychologists were on hand at Templemichael College in Longford, where students struggled to come to terms with the loss of their former classmate, Michael Warren (18), who died following a car crash just outside Longford town in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Michael, who lived at Newtownforbes in Longford, was a passenger in a car containing four others which struck a ditch on the outskirts of Longford at 3.50am.
His remains reposed at his home yesterday as his parents Vinny and Elaine, sisters Catriona, Ciara and Megan, and brother Cormac mourned privately ahead of his funeral today.
Meanwhile, the mother of a teenager who died last month proudly remembered a daughter who "lived every day to the full" as she opened her Leaving Cert results.
Melissa Patterson died on July 30 as a result of injuries she sustained when she was hit by a car on the N60 at Breaffy, Co Mayo.
Her mother Carmel remembered the moment she heard that Melissa had been in an accident.
"My boss came to my department, I work in the Mayo General Hospital, so she said 'one of your daughters has been admitted'. So I kind of panicked," she told Newstalk this afternoon.
“One of the nurses came and took it from there and said 'your daughter’s critical' and I couldn’t understand why and they said she had been hit by a car.
“I panicked, I wanted to see her. So eventually they allowed me to see her, but they were keeping her alive... they said she had catastrophic injury and there was nothing they could do.
“All of her teams from Castlebar Town, and her coaches and the parents, and all her friends were outside of the hospital in the foyer and they were all devastated.
“We was waiting for one of our cousins to come from Galway and she came at around 11 o’clock and waited about half hour with Mellisa and they switched of the ventilator at 23 minutes past 11.
“I still haven’t realised it yet that she’s gone..”
Yesterday her heartbroken family received her Leaving Cert results along with those of her twin sister Belinda.
Mother Carmel, Belinda and older siblings Samantha and Eamon gathered at their Castlebar home to open the results, which were personally delivered by the school principal of Davitt College, Bernie Rowland.
"I can't believe she's not here to open them, she did so well. She passed everything and I'm so proud of her," said Carmel.
She remembered her daughter's constant joy, describing how Melissa would "live every day to the full".
“We kind of celebrated in our own way and toasted to her. We went out to dinner and I bought her picture with me. She had passed everything and so had Belinda.
“She was mad into sport, she was determined, even on the pitch she would try and get all the girls together and never, never give up.
“Beautiful, beautiful girl, she was always happy and she took it day by day - nothing ever fazed Mellissa.
“Belinda and herself were inseparable and also their sister Samantha was very close to both of them and also my son Eamonn, we’re a very close-knit family.
“We hadn’t much but we got on with the love we had for each other.
“We’d always analyse the football every time they had a game.”
Melissa had planned on putting off college for a few years and had just had a job interview in the local hospital on the day she died.
A number of students availed of counselling at Davitt College yesterday, said Ms Rowland, explaining that this Leaving Cert class of 129 pupils had been very close.
The Patterson family have set up a fund in memory of Melissa, who was "sports mad", to help disadvantaged students to reach their full potential through sport. The Melissa Patterson Memorial Fund bank account is at Bank of Ireland, Castlebar, sort code 90 37 44 and account number 20757510.