Results make class acts jump
AINE Hurley's jaw-dropping 15 As puts her at the top of the Junior Cert class of 2010.
Incredibly, the 15-year-old got top marks in a total of seven different language subjects -- English, Irish, Latin, French, Spanish, German and Italian.
Aine, a student at Scoil Mhuire on Cork's Wellington Road, also scored top marks in maths, science, history, geography, business, music, CSPE and religion.
"I'm delighted -- but I never thought the results would be this good," Aine admitted.
Aine had a special dinner last night at her Ballinhassig home with her family including her parents Tadhg and Sheila, and her brother Tadhg Jnr.
Niamh Buttimer (16) of Mount Mercy on Cork's Model Farm Road, said she was "thrilled to bits" with her 12 As.
"I was really surprised. I had hoped I was going to do well enough but I hadn't dreamed I would do this well," she said.
Niamh had a quiet family celebration at her home in Ballincollig with her parents JJ and Nora, and her sister Grace.
Conor Horgan admitted he was "delighted and a little relieved" by his 12 As. "I had a feeling I would do well enough but it was a thrill to see how well I got on," said the Colaiste Chriost Ri, Cork student.
Conor (15) from Ballygarvan in Cork, was last night planning to join with some friends at a Junior Cert disco after a special meal with his family, parents Aidan and Catriona, and his sister Aisling.
Eoghan Linehan's results were beyond his wildest dreams.
"I'm over the moon -- I cannot believe it. It's just brilliant," said Eoghan from South Douglas Road, Cork of his 12 As.
Like his friend Conor at Colaiste Chriost Ri, Eoghan (16) was planning to attend a Junior Cert disco last night to celebrate -- but only after a celebration with his parents Sean and Anne, and older brother Rory.
"I worked pretty hard for the exams and I'm just delighted," he added.
Eileen Lonergan of Loreto secondary school in Fermoy, Co Cork, was "absolutely delighted" with her 12 As.
"I am very pleased. I did work hard and thought I would get on well but these results are just fantastic," she said.
Eileen (15) had a small celebration with her parents David and Brid, sisters Caoimhe (18) and Saoirse (12), and brother John (4). She was then planning to travel to Cork last night to attend a Junior Cert disco.
Eileen's results marked a remarkable year for the Fermoy school, which saw two of its students both score eight A1s in their Leaving Cert.
Maria Regan's school principal couldn't wait to share the news about his star student's 12 As in the Junior Cert, so he brought forward the release of the results from the afternoon.
Maria, a student at Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew, Co Galway, "couldn't believe it" when she opened the envelope handed to her yesterday morning by principal John Fahey.
"I didn't expect to do so well, although I always did my homework" said Maria (15), of Caltra, outside Mountbellew, whose first call was to her delighted mum, Kay.
Maria is also an accomplished musician, playing the piano, viola and accordion and recently took third prize for accordion at the All-Ireland Fleadh.
Maria Byrne spent a "really nervous" morning waiting for her results, but there was no need for any concern. When principal Nuala Mannion gave out the envelopes shortly before 3pm, the 16-year-old from Mount Merrion, Dublin, saw her outstanding 12 As.
The Loreto, Foxrock student said she was "really surprised" and didn't put her success down to anything special. While a good student, she also kept up her hobbies, she said.
Having waited yesterday for her results, Maria is also waiting until the weekend to celebrate with friends.
Aisling Moriarty was in such a state of disbelief about her 12 As that she had to repeat herself five times when she rang her mother Joan to tell her the news.
Rosemary O'Sullivan, her principal at Presentation Secondary School, Tralee, had smiled when she handed her the fateful envelope, but Aisling had not read anything into that.
The 15-year-old admits that she did "put in the work" but also said great credit was due to her teachers and parents.
Aisling celebrated with friends in a local restaurant, followed by a visit to the cinema.