Saturday 21 April 2018

'Not many 18-year-olds can say they got to open their results at Rose of Tralee'

Monaghan Rose Maria Murnaghan celebrates after opening her results in Tralee. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Monaghan Rose Maria Murnaghan celebrates after opening her results in Tralee. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

The nerves were jangling down in Kerry for Monaghan's Rose of Tralee contestant Maria Murnaghan (18).

In addition to competing in this year's festival, the teenager also had to download her Leaving Cert results while in the middle of the Rose tour.

A student at St Louis Secondary School in Carrickmacross, she said she was "happy" with her exam marks and hopes to fulfil her dream of becoming a nurse.

"I did the best I could do and that's all anyone can do so I'm happy with my results," she said.

Fiona Neylon from Ennis was over the moon after receiving 589 points. Photo: Brian Arthur
Fiona Neylon from Ennis was over the moon after receiving 589 points. Photo: Brian Arthur

"I want to be a general nurse so hopefully I'll succeed.

"All the Roses were asking me what time I was getting the results and there was a great buzz about it."

She said she didn't mind missing out on all the post-exam celebrations as she was enjoying the Rose of Tralee experience so much.

"It's great to be here in Tralee opening my LC results," she added. "Not many 18-year-olds can say that so I'm delighted.

Conor Bleahene from Ballinasloe, who got 590 points, and Ciara Walsh, from Oranmore, who got 613 points. Photo: Andrew Downes
Conor Bleahene from Ballinasloe, who got 590 points, and Ciara Walsh, from Oranmore, who got 613 points. Photo: Andrew Downes

"Obviously I'd love to be with my friends too but I was sending messages. I have the best of both worlds."

She also found out some other important information yesterday - who her escort would be at the festival - and was delighted to meet dapper gent John Murphy, from Galway, who works as a care assistant.

Ronan Gilmartin gets his results at Limerick Tutorial College. Photo: Oisin McHugh
Ronan Gilmartin gets his results at Limerick Tutorial College. Photo: Oisin McHugh

It was a big day for many as the wait came to an end for 58,500 students.

There was a big surprise inside the results envelope for identical twin brothers Cathal and Patrick O'Brien (18), from Borris, Co Carlow, who got identical points in their exams.

The twins, who studied together at Clongowes Wood College for six years, both achieved 554 points - studying the same subjects with the exception of one.

Both boys are hoping to attend Trinity College Dublin, with Cathal aiming to study computer science and Patrick looking to study physics.

Twins Patrick and Cathal O’Brien
Twins Patrick and Cathal O’Brien

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