Schools celebrate as classy students steal show with 12 As
A SCHOOL in Co Tipperary was celebrating a Junior Cert triple-crown last night after three of its students scored top results. Meanwhile, a Dublin school also rejoiced as two of its students attained maximum results.
The five were among the 15 pupils nationwide that scored 12 As in this year's exam.
Isabella Harold-Barry (15) from Cordangan Manor, Tipperary town, Jane Ryan (16) of Kilcoran in Cahir and Hannah Stapleton (16) from Fethard brought triple honours to Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, Co Tipperary,
"I was at the All-Ireland hurling final last week supporting Tipperary so this makes up for the loss that day," said Hannah.
Two students at the all-Irish girls' school Colaiste Iosagain, Stillorgan, Dublin, were also celebrating 12 As each.
Principal Fiona Ui Uiginn said she was not only delighted for pupils Fionnuala Nic Mhathuna and Jane Nic an Tuile, but also with the achievements of all the pupils and particularly the school's results in maths, English, Irish and science.
Matthew Kavanagh, of Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, was literally flying high upon discovering he was one of the students to achieve top results.
The 15-year-old student from Urlingford, Co Kilkenny, was abseiling with friends at Delphi Adventure Centre in Mayo when he was told the news.
Carla Celada was called to the principal's office in Loreto Abbey, Dalkey, Co Dublin, earlier than other students to allow her to absorb her success. The teenager, from Bray, Co Wicklow, said that although she was focussed, she was surprised by her results.
Patrick Williams (15), of Clontarf, Dublin, gave much of the credit for his success to his teachers at Catholic University School, Leeson Street, Dublin.
Lisa Walsh (16) from Woodview, Listowel, Co Kerry, and a pupil in the local Mean Scoil Muire Fatima was in "complete shock" after receiving 12 As.
Doireann Hennessy was plagued by illness during her Junior Cert year, but still walked away with 12 As.
The 15-year-old from Ballybeg, Ennis, Co Clare, and a student at Colaiste Muire, Ennis, missed a lot of school due to migraine.
Striking a balance between study and life is what Marie Woulfe (15) attributes to her success. The student at Presentation Secondary School, Tralee, Co Kerry, used her love of music and classical singing when she needed a break from study.
Frances Nally of Ballymahon, Co Longford, and a student at Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon, said she was "expecting to do well, but not that well".
Katherine Murphy (16), Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare, had to sit down after reading her results at Dominican College in nearby Newbridge. She said the recipe for success was a "small amount of study a lot of the time".
Mairin Ryan of Athlone, Co Westmeath and a student at Our Lady's Bower, celebrated at dinner with friends followed by a disco. She said she found her results "hard to believe".
Aoife Kavanagh (15) from Burton Hall, Co Carlow, and a pupil at St Leo's College, Carlow, said she knuckled down for "a couple of weeks" for the Junior Cert.