Trinity applications hit by Brexit fears
A Brexit-linked drop in demand among students from Northern Ireland and Britain is likely a factor in some significant falls in the CAO points needed for entry to Trinity College Dublin.
The country's oldest university, created by royal charter in 1592, has a proud tradition of attracting significant numbers of UK applicants, particularly from the North.
But this year there was a big dent in demand, with a 20pc decline in applications from across the Border - down from 958 to 763 - while there was an 11pc fall-off in figures for Britain, from 624 to 552.
While there is no official explanation for the trend, Trinity acknowledged in a statement that Brexit has had an impact on course choices and applications.
Overall demand for its two-subject arts course was down 16pc, and it is likely UK students contributed to that.
The uncertainty created by Brexit in the UK and the less favourable sterling-euro exchange rate are likely to be weighing on the minds of students and their parents.
Traditionally law has been a popular choice for Northern Irish students coming to Trinity. While total CAO applications for law were up this year, at least two Trinity courses have seen a big points drop, with law from 542 to 533 while law and business went from 589 to 577.