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Parents must start leaving their children alone to learn life lessons

Stella O'Malley

Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30

'When Geldof and his friends nervously rang home to get their Leaving Cert results, all of a sudden he felt like an idiot. He alone among his friends had failed his Leaving Cert'
'When Geldof and his friends nervously rang home to get their Leaving Cert results, all of a sudden he felt like an idiot. He alone among his friends had failed his Leaving Cert'

There had been great camaraderie among Bob Geldof and his friends as they worked the building sites in London during the summer they first left school.

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It's now a long-forgotten rite of passage - these days Leaving Cert students are more likely to live it up in Magaluf than mix cement in London - but the day the Leaving Cert results come out is still a great equaliser among the different generations.

And when Geldof and his friends nervously rang home to get their Leaving Cert results, all of a sudden he felt like an idiot. He alone among his friends had failed his Leaving Cert - his friends had exaggerated how badly they had done and unexpectedly Bob had to contemplate his failure on his own, while his friends whooped and cheered and planned to go out and get plastered.

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