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'I’m speechless' - Rose of Tralee contestant Emma Kirwan shocked over her leaving cert results

Offaly Rose Emma Kirwan collected her Leaving Cert results today. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Offaly Rose Emma Kirwan collected her Leaving Cert results today. Photo: Domnick Walsh
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Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Offaly Rose Emma Kirwan had her leaving cert results couriered to Tralee today by her parents.

The 18-year-old from Killeigh, Co Offaly, who hopes to study aeronautical engineering, had to wait until 2.30pm when her parents Paddy and Gráinne arrived in Tralee to see her results.

“My Dad’s a bit of a slow driver,” she joked. “I was nervous, mainly about maths, it was a borderline subject for me – whether to stay in higher and ordinary level, and I did higher level, and thankfully it paid off for me.”

“I had surprises in a few of my subjects. English was another one, I got an A2 in English which I was shocked by, that’s crazy for me."

Emma's choice of aeronautical engineering is available in either the University of Limerick or Carlow IT, and she believes she's got the points to pursue her dream.

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“I’m speechless now. I wasn’t under a huge amount of pressure, I had to get 380 or 450 points – they could increase or decrease depending on the CAO but I think I’m safe.”

Emma, who will be interviewed by Daithí tonight on stage in the Dome in Tralee, is enduring an especially nerve-wracking day.

“I’m in the Dome tonight so my focus is on two things today. Getting over the [interview] with Daithí and meeting the judges.”

Emma won't be able to celebrate with her classmates tonight due to her Rose duties, but she plans to celebrate in Tralee.

“I can celebrate with the Roses which is an even better celebration.”

“[The Rose of Tralee] was a great distraction. Last night we were all quite tired after we met all of the escorts. I got into bed and conked straight away. I was up at 6.30am thinking ‘oh today is the day’.”

Emma's dream to study aeronautical engineering, and eventually pursue a career in the Air Corps, started on flying trips with her dad.

She says she "loves flying" and often flies with her father who is a hobby pilot.

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