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Friday 19 September 2014

Making waves: Lorcan gets good news at sea

Ralph Riegel 
and Conor Kane

Published 14/08/2014 | 02:30

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Lorcan Hickey

One dedicated RNLI volunteer received his Leaving Cert results on the waves.

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Many students packed out schools, while others opted to view theirs over the internet. But Lorcan Hickey (19) from Kinsale, Co Cork, avoided 
opening the dreaded envelope as he was out at sea on a 
demanding UK rescue training course in Poole.

Instead, he received his 
results in a phone call from his proud parents, Peter and Frances.

He had a double reason to celebrate, as he not only 
savoured a great Leaving Cert with 535 points but his committed service to the lifeboat charity also earned him a prestigious Quercus scholarship to study Biological and Chemical Science at University College Cork (UCC).

"I'm delighted with my points. Obviously I would have liked to be with my family today but there was no way I was passing up the opportunity to come over to the RNLI College for lifeboat training," Lorcan said.

The teen, a student at Christian Brothers College (CBC) in Cork, was just 17 when he joined the Kinsale RNLI outfit as a volunteer and is already a veteran of multiple rescue missions.

In Tipperary, Katarlyna Alekoglu was putting the linguistically challenged to shame as she managed to score top marks in both her native and adopted languages.

At the Presentation College, Clonmel, Katarlyna earned A1 grades in both Polish and 
English after living in Ireland for five years and was understandably delighted after the all-important envelopes were opened. "I think I got on really well. I have all kinds of grades but the higher A1s in English and Polish are brilliant."

She now hopes to study a BA International, featuring French, at UCC.

Twin sisters Megan and Laura Cashin from Clonmel were relieved it's all over. "We're completely opposite," Megan said. "She doesn't care and I'm a worrier."

Irish Independent

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