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Ireland U-19 star gets down to Leaving Cert work

A STAR of the future for Ireland is having to sit out Euro 2012 on the classroom bench so he can complete his Leaving Cert.

Bohemians player Luke Byrne (18) already had his study disrupted: he was part of the Ireland team playing in Portugal that missed out on qualifying for next month's U-19 European Championships in Estonia.

And now he is planning to take more time away from the books to cheer on the boys in green.

"I won't be doing too much studying the day of the games; it will all be about the games. I might try and get some [study] in the mornings," he said.

Byrne, who attends Sutton Park, only got home from Portugal on Friday where he admitted to not getting much study done.

"I got back on Friday morning; I wasn't really studying out there, just concentrating on football. I've seven subjects and 10 exams and basically I have been just cramming since Saturday morning: every day, trying to make up for lost time," he told the Herald.

"I have a two-week break at the minute and we get back training ... I think the day after I finish my exams. I'm not under too much pressure; I can just concentrate on the exams."

Byrne, who was capped twice in the qualifying event in Portugal, was the only member of the Irish squad who was preparing to sit the Leaving Cert.

"I was the only one on the team that was doing the leaving, the baby of the group.

"I got capped against Ukraine and Israel. I came on in the second half in both of them, so that was good."