Over 100 parents queued outside a secondary school over the weekend in the hope of gaining a place for their child.
Many of the parents were camped overnight from Sunday, with the aspiration of being near the top of the queue when Clonturk Community College in Whitehall, Dublin, opened its enrolment at 10am on Monday morning.
One of the parents hoping to gain a place for her child was Aileen Rogers.
She was waiting at the school since 9pm on Sunday night.
Parent Tom Nolan outside Clonturk Community College
Principal Susan Campbell, said that the Educate Together school wasn't prepared for such a large volume of parents.
She said: “We are shocked that so many people are here today and so many people were here yesterday. We got a sense of how interested people were last Wednesday when we had our open evening, but we had no idea [it would be this popular]."
The principal also expressed sympathy for the parents and said she was surprised to see roughly twice the amount of the current student population waiting in this "first-come, first-served" enrolment.
“I am actually devastated for the parents, because if I could have predicted this , we would have looked at how we were going to handle applications but we are a brand new school. Last year, only 47 students applied."
Clonturk Community College isn't alone when it comes to parents camping overnight for school places.
Previously, staff of Loreto College in Rivervalley, Swords north Dublin made public pleas to parents to not start queues, saying: "Remember if no one starts the queue then there’ll be no need for others to queue."
It is not just Dublin that has this problem either, with overnight camping reported from other areas, as the race to get into the country's best schools.
With the queues in full-flow, Mrs Campbell revealed that she believes everyone at Clonturk will get a place.
"We will be onto the department as soon as we can and ensure there are enough places for anybody who needs them," she said.
This is good news for the people who have been queueing all night, but perhaps even better information for the large contingent of people who only arrived at the school at 9am on Monday morning.