Future bright for class of 2014
TEARS OF relief and dancing-on-the-spot excitement were among the memorable scenes at New Ross schools on Wednesday as Leaving Cert result envelopes were opened.
In many cases the excitement was more visible on the faces of parents than on their offspring's visages, but the palpable sense of relief was there for all to see.
At New Ross Vocational College, Johnny McGrath from Ballinabanogue was the picture of cool having wrapped up more than enough points to pursue his dream of developing computer games by getting enough to attend a Computer Games Development course in Carlow IT.
His mother Dorothy, on the other hand, looked like she had just got her own results, such was the relief etched on her face.
'Phew!' she exclaimed, dancing on the spot with excitement.
'He's a good bit over so he won't be stressing about the CAO,' she proudly cooed.
His classmate Dean Gannon was also delighted with his results. Showing no sign of nerves he said: 'I slept like a baby. I was surprised by my results; I didn't think I'd do as well as I did.'
He was on a quick break from work at PWP, New Ross and plans to study Mechanics.
Their classmate Emma Cullen was thrilled with her results.
'I was a little bit nervous coming in this morning and I wasn't expecting to get what I got, but I did my best and I hope to study Hairdressing.'
At Good Counsel College, Michael Finn and Michael Holden were a picture of relaxation sitting side by side having picked up their results. They're both bound for Kildalton Agricultural College and are looking forward to that next phase of their lives.
Tommy Byrne from Bannow said the hard work he put into the exams had paid off.
'It was very all consuming in 6th Year but it was worth it.' He hopes to study Hotel Management in Limerick.
Ray Fleming from Foulksmills said he was surprised by how well he did, achieving enough points for a Computer Applications course at DCU, adding that he may have underestimated his abilities.
'Adding up the points up was very stressful but I think I have it,' he said.
Principal Mark O'Brien said the students excelled this year.
'I'm delighted at the results at both extremes. The very good guys have reached their potential and these with learning and personal difficulties have also reached their potential.'
161 pupils sat the Leaving Certificate at the school and Mr O'Brien said if any of those are disappointed with their results they have options. He urged pupils not to make any rash decisions and to talk to family members and friends.
'They are a top class group of guys who have added a huge amount to the school.'
He said the highest scoring pupil got 4 A1's and an A2.
Over at St Mary's clusters of girls buzzed and cheered as each result was pronounced.
Aisling Higgins and Katie Cullen from Clonroche were excited to be moving on to the next phase in their lives.
Katie said she will miss the craic at the school at lunchtime especially and her friends.
Shannan O'Neill from New Ross was happy with her results and is looking forward to studying Special Needs Assistance in WIT, while Ciara O'Reilly was thrilled having got enough points to study Graphic Design in WIT.
Shannon McDonald from Wellingtonbridge said: 'I was very nervous coming in here and I cried when I got my results. I didn't think I would pass everything but I did so I'll be studying travel and tourism in Enniscorthy.
At New Ross CBS Ryan Caldwell from Dunbrody Heights was keeping a cool head having achieved the results he needed to study System Software Development at WIT.
Principal Pat Rossiter praised the students for their hard work.
'There's a lot of relief and joy here today,' he said.
He said the 350 plus South West Wexford students - who were among 1,750 pupils across the county picking up their Leaving Certificate results on Wednesday- have a lot more options compared to the 'old days' when the Leaving Cert 'was the be all and end all'.
Our Lady of Lourdes pupil Mary Murphy was delighted with her results, while there was double the excitement in the O'Hanlon household as Kelly O'Hanlon and her borther Shane (a CBS student) were both getting their results.
'We're opening them together,' Kelly said.
Principal Toni Ormond said the school's 50 Leaving Cert pupils did very well, adding that there are many avenues open for them to explore to find a career they will enjoy and be fulfilled by.
New Ross Standard