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The Leaving isn’t the end point in life. It’s just the start of adulthood’s journey

John Connell


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Writer and explorer Tim Severin. Photo: David Conachy

Writer and explorer Tim Severin. Photo: David Conachy

Writer and explorer Tim Severin. Photo: David Conachy

And so it has begun: the week – and, indeed, weeks – like no other in the life of Ireland. It’s a time we all know or will know, and if you’re 17 or 18 years old, right now your attention has turned from the good weather and an enticing outdoors summer to a whole other event: the Leaving Cert.

This year’s exams are different to the ones we sat in our own day, namely that students faced the option of going solely with accredited grades, or sitting the ­regular exam... or going with both.


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