Delighted leaving Cert Rose Emma Kirwan (18) one step closer to achieving her wings
She fell in love with the air corps uniform at the age of 10.
Now Offaly Rose Emma Kirwan (18) is a significant step closer to achieving her wings after her Leaving Cert results landed in Tralee.
Having woken at 6.30am, she waited patiently for eight hours for the arrival of her parents, who drove from the family home in Killeigh, Co Offaly.
"My dad's a bit of a slow driver," she joked.
Official Rose duties - such as a trip to Ballybunion beach in the morning - proved a welcome distraction, but Emma confessed that half-an-hour before her parents got there, she became "really, really nervous".
Tearing the envelope open in the lobby of the Rose Hotel across from the famous 'Dome' in Tralee, she was relieved to find that her results were in line with her 'sky-high' expectations. Taking the non-negotiable, crucial subject of higher-level maths paid off for her and she was also thrilled with an A2 in English.
A quick calculation told her that she should have enough points to study aeronautical engineering at Carlow IT or at Limerick.
After that, Emma has her own flight path in mind for her final destination of the Air Corps.
"I fell in love with the uniform when I was 10," she laughed.
"If I can get my degree in aeronautical engineering, I can become a cadet, pass out and fly a Pc9 (a single engine training plane)," she explained.
In the meantime, there were more pressing matters to attend to and Emma was off to hair and make-up before going on stage with Dáithí Ó Sé last night for part one of the Rose of Tralee qualifying selection.