Relief at clearing the first hurdle tempered by some disappointment
Having crossed their first exam hurdle, students at Newpark Comprehensive School in Blackrock, Dublin, reflected on English Paper One.
"It was a good [honours] paper alright, everything was doable," said Ailtin Duignan (18), who was delighted to be finished for the day.
"I'm just grateful that I haven't been left completely disheartened from the get-go," added fellow student Nickie Kopik (17).
"I was thinking of going to do English at university, but maybe not after that exam," joked Isaac Tomkin Clarke (18).
"I wrote a lot though, so fingers crossed they appreciate quantity over quality."
Polish-born student Kacper Twardowski (18) said that he was disappointed in the Question Bs, saying they were "not as good as in past years".
Classmate Rebecca Watchorn (18) from Kilmacud, who hopes to study Radiology at UCD in September, added: "Compared to the 'mocks' I found it a lot easier. I was able to express myself more.
"I sometimes think they're made harder to frighten us to study harder before the real exams."
Students sitting the ordinary paper said there was little to fire the imagination.
"The paper wasn't want I wanted," said Callum Ramsey (18).
"The 'Dear Diary' stuff was a lot less creative than the honours exam."