Joy on the school steps - Loreto College St Stephen's Green class of 2015 discuss results, party plans and college
On a beautiful sunny morning in Dublin city centre, a steady stream of girls quietly made their way up the steps of Loreto College, St Stephen's Green, to collect their Leaving Cert results.
They emerged minutes later, the vast majority smiling and giggling, hugging their friends and assuring their relieved parents that all was well.
Independent.ie met eighteen-year-old twins Hannah and Katie McGuinness from Swords.
They had not opened their results as they were too nervous.
"We want to wait until we're at home with our family," Katie said.
The girls hope to study at DIT and DCU respectively.
But first things first - they are looking forward to 'results night' in the Wright Venue in Swords tonight.
Their friend, Sian Walton (18) from Ashbourne in Meath will also be in attendance at the Wright Venue.
She hopes to study fashion design in college.
Mother and daughter Shelia and Hayley Briody (18), from Drumree in Meath, hugged each other tightly as they walked down the school steps.
Clever Hayley achieved a staggering 595 points and hopes that this will enable her to study medicine at Trinity College.
"I'm really, really happy, but I'm in total shock," she beamed.
Hayley's Dad, Seamus, lives in Manhatten, but will be home this weekend to celebrate his daughter's tremendous achievement.
"He works in Midtown, Manhatten. We will ring him shortly and he is going to be so proud," a clearly emotional Shelia said.
Anna Fitzpatrick (19) from Navan in Meath was pleased with her results and hopes to be offered business in DCU.
"I was so nervous going in but I feel so happy now," she said.
Meanwhile Ellen Kelly (18) from Ranelagh in Dublin arrived at school with Mum, Dad and the loyal family dog.
She was "pretty happy" with her results and hopes to study Law at UCD or Trinity.
"We'll see what the story is on Monday," she told Independent.ie
Marguerite Mullan (18) from Glasnevin in Dublin was delighted with her results but said that the two month wait for them has been tortous.
"It's far too long to leave us hanging, it's there in your mind for the whole summer," she said.
Marguerite is hoping to get a place in Trinity to study Business and French.