THE WAIT was finally over.
Some 60,000 Junior Cert students throughout the country squealed with delight when handed their results yesterday morning.
Jubilant scenes were repeated in schools nationwide as the long wait for these teenagers finally came to an end.
Students at Loreto College in St Stephen's Green, Dublin were delighted as they emerged though the school gates, embracing and congratulating each other.
Ellie Wilde (16), from Castleknock, who achieved eight As, said, "I just did as much as I could. I do a lot of sport and I just had to work around it but I didn't put too much pressure on myself.
Robin Drumm (15) from Drumcondra reflected on the work she put in to achieve her As and Bs.
''I'm really happy with what I got and I worked really hard to get what I got,'' she said.
Kalli McClean (15) from Terenure and Dorothy Simm (16) from Walkinstown were delighted with their Bs in higher-level maths and hope to repeat this in the Leaving Cert for bonus CAO points.
''I'm very happy with maths, I was so surprised because I did higher level,'' Kalli said.
More than half of Junior Cert candidates sat the higher-level maths paper this year at a record 52pc.
Meanwhile, at St Michael's College on Ailesbury Road, the boys played it a little cooler than the girls but were equally as delighted with their marks.
''I was extremely happy with my results. I can't even describe the feeling of satisfaction,'' said Peter Benson (15) from Mount Merrion on his eight As and three Bs.
Despite his five As and six Bs, Paddy Morgan (16) from Foxrock was slightly disappointed with some of his subjects.
''I did all right, I wasn't over the moon, as some subjects I thought I was going to do well in I didn't,'' he said.
Some 59,823 candidates received their results, up 1.7pc on last year, reflecting growing enrolments at second level.