Nine A1s - and one A2 - for Kenmare's very own Latin scholar


KENMARE'S Joe O'Sullivan is at a loose end but it's the way he likes it.

That's because it's been an eventful few days for the 18-year-old from Claddanure West and it all started last Wednesday as he first set eyes upon his Leaving Cert results.

One of just three students nationally, Joe had clocked up nine A1 grades and one A2, results that propelled the high achieving student onto the front page of the national papers as well as an appearance on TV3. A boarding student at Blackrock College in Dublin, Joe's A1s had included French, Spanish, Latin, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Music, Maths and Applied Mathematics, while his A2 was in English.

"I was a little bit stunned and couldn't take it all in," he told The Kerryman. "I'd worked hard but wasn't expecting to do so well. I'd found Maths - particularly Project Maths - hard and Music too. Out of them all, though, I was probably happiest with my A2 in English, I was delighted with that," he added. A former student at Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Joe is no stranger to the top grades and in 2010 he achieved a whopping 12 A grades in his Junior Cert, including top marks in Latin which he taught himself.

The wider curriculum at Blackrock College resulted in Joe's move, as his mother Bernie explains: "We can't speak more highly of Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, but he was able to keep up his Latin in Blackrock and that's why he moved."