Study pays off - but there is little time to relax
Student Adam Dalton (18) left the exam hall with sore hands but a positive outlook, as the poets and questions he had hoped for appeared on English Paper 2.
For Adam, who attends St Paul's College in Raheny, guess work and hours of study had paid off.
"In general, everything I wanted to come up did and I covered all the bases," he said.
"Yeats not coming up was a bit of a shock but I had anticipated Durcan because it was his first year on the course. It was just hard to complete the text in the time frame."
While he was visibly relieved, Adam said he wouldn't have too much time for relaxing
"I might go home and take a little break, but then we have Higher Maths now," he said. "I've got a few things to go through. I've been doing grinds all year so hopefully they shine through."
For Luke Brady (18) a possible disaster was averted after one of his pens exploded in the early stages.
"But no one noticed. Everyone was concentrating on their own exams, which was a relief," he said.
The aspiring law student says he still helps out as a team leader with his local scout troupe in Clontarf.
"Right now it's hard to feel like you're relaxing," he said. "With the exams, it just seems like work, work, work."