Grade A 'shock' for top student
The country's highest-achieving Leaving Certificate student said his nine A1 grades came as a huge shock today.
Killian Donovan picked up his top marks from Dublin's Gonzaga College after a nerve-filled sleepless night.
But the 18-year-old admitted the moment he finally received his results card remained a complete blur.
"I'm ecstatic, it hasn't sunk in yet," he said.
"I expected to do reasonably well when I came in this morning, but I certainly wasn't expecting to get nine A1s."
Killian, who plans to study medicine at the University of Cambridge, managed to juggle revision with a busy schedule as School Captain.
Fresh from three weeks of 'InterRailing', the star pupil from Sandyford said good time management was the key to his success.
"I was also involved in scouting activities so it was just separating my time, dividing it up," he added.
"I got by and it worked out for me."
As soon as Killian received his results he called his parents, scientists Lynda and John.
"My mum was completely speechless and my dad was a little more dignified on the phone saying, 'Well done son'.
"My parents were a great help to me at home."
Gonzaga headmaster Kevin Whirdy said he was very proud of the talented pupil.
"He's one of 90 students who came in this morning and I'm delighted for all of them," he added.
"He's earned it, he's been a good student and a terrific head boy in the school - he was elected to that by his peers and his teachers, so that tells you what kind of person he is."
Killian admitted his pre-results jitters had not completely left him.
"I was expecting a huge relief but I'm just sort of coasting on a wave," he said.
"I'm heading to a friend's house tonight and I'll just go where the night takes me.
"I'd say this will take a while to sink in."