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Dubliners are top of A1s class


Leaving Cert Student, Clara O'Flaherty collected her leaving cert of 685 points at Mount Temple, Marino this morning.

Leaving Cert Student, Clara O'Flaherty collected her leaving cert of 685 points at Mount Temple, Marino this morning.

Leaving Cert Student, Clara O'Flaherty collected her leaving cert of 685 points at Mount Temple, Marino this morning.

TENS of thousands of Leaving Cert students have ripped open their exam results today to find out their future education paths.

And six students from Dublin received some of the top marks in the country.

Conor Gallagher (18) from St Michael's College in Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4 received nine Higher Level A1s - making him the highest achieving candidate of 2014.

Students at Castleknock Community College, Blackrock College, Colaiste Eoin, Christian Brothers College Monkstown and St Joseph of Cluny were among those who hit eight higher level A1s.

Three schools in Cork, one school in Tipperary, another in Sligo and in Galway also had students who achieved eight higher level A1s.

In addition, a total of 50 students received seven A1 grades.

Schools across the country began dishing out the results from after 9am this morning and the results were available online at examinations.ie from midday.

Meanwhile, the number of students who opted to sit the higher level maths paper has risen again, according to this year's exam results.

A total of 27pc of maths pupils took the higher level paper this year, compared to just 16pc three years ago.

The rise in numbers opting for the higher level maths paper, for the third year running, could be attributed to two factors: the introduction of bonus CAO points for a D grade or higher at that level, and the impact of the new Project Maths curriculum.

Some 14,300 students sat the higher level paper this year, 10pc more than last year, and 74pc more than three years ago.

Of those who opted for the higher paper this year, the majority received 25 bonus CAO points as a result.

After several years of declining numbers, this year sees an increase in students sitting the exam of just over 2pc.

But students have been reminded that top results in the Leaving Cert is not the only option to pursuing further education in a dream career.

The president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors said this morning that there are plenty of options open to students who are disappointed with their results this morning.

Betty McLaughlin said that although today would be one of celebration for the majority of students, there will be some who will be disappointed.

Ms McLaughlin urged students to talk to somebody - their parents or a guidance counsellor.

"I would say to them first and foremost, if they are upset ... these are only results," she said on RTÉ's Morning Ireland.

"They don't define them as people and they will not define the wonderful people that they are and that they will become."

She said there are still lots of options, including UCAS Clearing, if a student is willing to travel to the UK.

Post Leaving Cert courses will be interviewing and enrolling up to the end of August, and repeating the Leaving Cert is another option.

ASTI President Philip Irwin said that today is a day to celebrate and advised students to explore all their options over the coming days.

"Teachers are proud of all of their Leaving Cert students," he said.

The Road Safety Authority has urged students to celebrate safely this evening and to be careful on the roads. It noted that 10 young adults had died on Irish roads so far this year, which represents a 8.2pc increase on last year.

Youth website spunout.ie has urged students to be careful when celebrating and to look out for friends who may have taken too much.

They have urged young people who decide to drink to pace themselves, don't mix drinks, and know their limits.

The National Parents' Council helpline number is 1800 265 165 and it is open from 10am to 7pm today and tomorrow and from 10am to 1pm on Friday.