'Best sixth-year holiday ever' – Pals jet out to Euros just hours after finishing Leaving Cert
Published 22/06/2016 | 07:18
These Irish fans jetted out to Euro 2016 just hours after finishing their Leaving Cert.
Cian Fallon (19) and Cathal Tighe (19) spent the last number of months studying for and struggling through the state exams.
However once they finished their Business paper last Wednesday, June 16 the pair had only one thought on their minds.
Cian, from Ballymun, North Dublin, said: “We finished our test in Business at 12 midday. We went straight out to the party after that.
“We went from the party to Dublin airport at about 4am and took a flight to Gatwick. After a four-hour delay there, we flew to Bordeaux. We were hanging.”
They left Ireland so soon after the exams as they didn't want to miss any of the action in France. They arrived into Bordeaux in time for the celebrations ahead of the Belgium clash and are now in Lille for Ireland's must-win fixture against Italy later today.
Speaking to Independent.ie the pair, who attended Scoil Chaitríona in Glasnevin, said the trip was an inspiration when they were doing the exams.
Both are keen GAA players with Cathal, from Finglas, playing Under 21 football with Dublin and club Ballymun Kickhams. Cian plays hurling with Setanta, also in Ballymun.
“It was something to look forward to,” Cian explained. “I actually thought it flew through. When I was doing the exams that's what I was thinking of. Counting down the days, we were.”
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They are in the city with Cian's older brother Eric and a number of his friends.
Initially a large group of their schoolmates had planned to travel to the Euros on the 'sixth-year holiday' but it ended up just being Cathal and Cian.
Asked how his parents reacted when he told them about the travel plans, Cathal said: “My dad was saying fair play but my ma was eating the head off me. She said I was nuts.”
Cian added: “My ma was going mad at me saying I was concentrating more on going than doing studying.
“She was saying if I as much work into my Leaving Cert as into my plans for the Euros then I would fly through the exams.”
Cian said he did “okay” in the exams while Cathal's verdict was “grand”.
He added: “I'm not going to be a brain surgeon.”
Cian is hoping to be a primary school teacher while Cathal, who plays Under 21 football with the Dublin Inter County side wants to study economics.
The pals have been doing part-time jobs to pay for the trip and also admit getting loans from the bank of mam and dad.
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