A Cork student successfully turned her Junior Cert results into a remarkable sister act.
Saoirse Lonergan (16) scored 12As in her Junior Cert at Loreto secondary school in Fermoy, Co Cork - exactly four years after her older sister Eileen scored 12As.
Eileen went on to score an impressive eight A1s in her Leaving Cert.
Saoirse admitted she was "over the moon" with her results.
"I'm delighted - and it was great to finally have the long wait over," she said.
"I worked pretty hard for the Junior Cert and it was fantastic to get the result you were hoping for."
Saoirse was going for a quiet family celebration with her proud parents, David and Brid, before heading out to celebrate her results tonight with her friends.
She was hoping to attend a special Junior Cert disco in Cork with friends.
But as well as achieving the nation's best Junior Cert results, Saoirse is also very accomplished in other activities including music, sport and art.
She has won national awards in various fields and is an active member of Loreto sports teams and folk group.
Saoirse also has an older sister, Caoimhe (22), and younger brother, John (8).
Loreto principal, Marie Ring, said they were very proud of Saoirse and all their Junior Cert students.
"I'd like to congratulate Saoirse on her wonderful results but also pay tribute to all the teachers here who helped her achieve such a wonderful Junior Cert," she said.
"I think it also has to be mentioned that Saoirse is not only a great student but plays a very active role in all the school activities such as music, sport and art," she said.
Roisín Ní Fhallúin, a pupil of the Gaelcholáiste an Chláir, based at Ennis Community College, was shocked when she realised she got top marks.
The Junior Cert student tried to stay distracted all morning until the results were finally released at 2pm.
“I was trying not to think about it, I was really nervous”, said Roisín, (15), from Ballyea, outside Ennis town.
“I was very surprised when I saw all the A’s, I thought I’d do relatively well but I definitely wasn’t expecting this”, said Roisín who studied German outside school.
“I love languages so I’m really pleased with my French result and my mam is a German teacher so she will be very happy too”, said Roisín who can’t wait to go dancing at the local disco with her classmates.
Teacher in charge, Aíne Euí Chonsaidín described her star pupil as an “all-rounder with brains to burn.”
“We expected her to do well but it was still a surprise. She’s a brilliant young camogie player and she plays the concertina in the school céilí band.
"I’ve no doubt she’ll go far,” she said.
Meanwhile in Clare, Criostóir King had to sit on the news that he was one of the four top Junior Cert students in the country for three hours .
Rock Kirwan, the principal of Kilrush Community School, Co Clare, gave the star 15-year-old pupil his results first thing today, but the rest of the Junior Cert class of 2014 had to wait until lunchtime to get theirs.
“I had to tell him earlier in order to get his permission to release his name. He had to keep it under his hat, but no trouble to him” , said the proud principal of the 420-pupil school.
While Criostóir is obviously a good student, Mr Kirwan said he was a “good rounded lad”” who featured in the school musical last year.
High achiever Emma Donohoe didn't expect 12 A's when she joined the queue for her Junior Cert Results at Mercy Secondary School Ballymahon, Co Longford.
“It hasn’t sunk in at all, it’s completely surreal,” said Emma (15), from Carrickboy, Co Longford. “My principal was smiling when she handed me the envelope, she didn’t give anything away but I was delighted afterwards.”
The transition year student and talented basketball player doesn’t know what she will go on to study but is very grateful to the school and has high hopes for her Leaving Cert.
School Principal Josephine Donohue described Emma as an “excellent student” and “a very modest all-rounder.”
“We are absolutely thrilled for Emma and her family, she’s a great girl and the world is her oyster”, she said.
Tonight Emma, the eldest of three, will celebrate with a family dinner and a disco afterwards with her classmates in Carrick-on-Shannon.
“My three best friends are coming over to get ready and we having a sleep over tonight, I’m going to make the most of it”, she said.
Emma’s mother Annie Donohoe expressed her, and husband Paul’s, pride in their daughter’s achievement.
“We are very proud of her, she is a hard worker and always had a love of learning”, she said.