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Saturday 21 July 2018

Seeing double: Seven sets of twins start first year in Irish secondary school

The seven sets of twins on their first day of secondary school
The seven sets of twins on their first day of secondary school
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Teachers at a Wicklow school will be seeing double as seven sets of twins start first year.

The students attended their first day at Colaiste Bhride, Carnew, Co. Wicklow today.

Just two of the sets of twins are identical, making it somewhat easier on their teachers.

The twins, Brendan and Daniel Bolger, Aoife and Erin Callaghan, Ashleigh and Tasha Farrell, Brian and Sean Kenny, Jake and Rebecca Kenny, Emma and Jack Rodney and Padraic and Aoife Stafford, joined a class group of 155 first year students.

Deputy principal Anna Gahan told Independent.ie they realised in recent days that they would have an unusual number of twins starting school.

"At most you’d have two sets in a year group. We were very shocked but they’re delighted that there was a bit of a fuss made of them on the first day," she said.

“They mostly have opted to be in the same base class but some of them want a fresh start,” she added.

“We are looking forward to getting to know them as individuals.”

The pupils are joining a student body of around 840 students in the rural school, with students attending from counties Wicklow, Carlow and Wexford.

First year students at the school had the school all to themselves to settle in today and will be matched with senior students who will help them settle in to life post-primary school.

Sadie Bolger, mum to twins Brendan and Daniel (12) from Aanagh, Gorey Co Wexford said the twins were happy to learn they would be attending school alongside so many sets of twins.

“They used to be when they were younger but not anymore. They’re brilliant now I have to say. They’re in the same base class but in some subjects they’re separate,” she said.

“It probably is a good mix for them… from the time they were babies they have never been apart.

“It’s good for them,” she added.

The boys are identical and people struggle to tell them apart their mum said.

“They’re very alike nobody knows their grannies don't know them [apart],” she said.

Despite this, she doesn't think the boys will cause any mischief for their teachers in their new school.

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