Sarah gets Max points

Ballybunion St Joseph's Secondary School student Sarah O'Connor obtained the highest points possible to get as a future in medicine now opens before her.

Sarah is believed to be the only student in Kerry to pull off the 625-point maximum and likely just one of a handful nationally to nail the acehievement.

While Sarah's was the outstanding result, her contemporaries also largely achieved greatness across the region and county.

"We're simply delighted for Sarah as she is just a model student in everyway and we wish her continued success as she sets out now to study medicine," St Joseph's Principal John O'Donovan told The Kerryman on Tuesday.

"It's an incredible achievement, it means she got the maximum mark in six subjects. Each subject carries a maximum of 100 points and only six subjects can be counted, even if a student does seven or eight. But there's an extra 25 points if you get a H1 (previously an A1) in honours Maths," Mr O'Dononvan explained.

Sarah already completed a very successfull HPAT assessment earlier in the year so is a dead cert for medicine in UCC come the CAO offers on Friday.

51 sat the exam in Ballybunion meanwhile, with all reportedly getting their desired places. Teaching, engineering, business, sports and leisure, childcare and nursing were all cited as among the preferred areas of study into the future.

Students in West Kerry were also all smiles exiting Dingle's Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne as the vast majority clinched sufficient points to secure places in their preferred courses.

Príomhoide Eamonn Mac Muiris said this year's Leaving Cert results from the school were very good across the board and he was very happy for the students. "The main thing is that they are happy themselves," he added.