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Seán Woods 6th Year Coláiste Abbain student.

Seán Woods 6th Year Coláiste Abbain student.

9/6/2022 Leaving cert exam students at St. Marys school. From left; Shade Animashan from New Ross, Aideen Walsh from The Rower and Caitlin Walsh from The Rower. Photo; Mary Browne

9/6/2022 Leaving cert exam students at St. Marys school. From left; Shade Animashan from New Ross, Aideen Walsh from The Rower and Caitlin Walsh from The Rower. Photo; Mary Browne

Coláiste Abbain Junior Cycle students Scott Noblett and Jack Wise.

Coláiste Abbain Junior Cycle students Scott Noblett and Jack Wise.

Coláiste Abbain 6th year students. JS Graham, Jack Barron, James Whitty, Conor Murphy and Ben Furlong.

Coláiste Abbain 6th year students. JS Graham, Jack Barron, James Whitty, Conor Murphy and Ben Furlong.

Coláiste Abbain 6th year students. JS Graham, Jack Barron, James Whitty, Conor Murphy and Ben Furlong.

Coláiste Abbain 6th year students. JS Graham, Jack Barron, James Whitty, Conor Murphy and Ben Furlong.

9/6/2022 Leaving cert exam students at St. Marys school. From left; Sarah McGarr from New Ross and Hannah Chapman from Horeswood. Photo; Mary Browne

9/6/2022 Leaving cert exam students at St. Marys school. From left; Sarah McGarr from New Ross and Hannah Chapman from Horeswood. Photo; Mary Browne

9/6/2022 Junior cert exam students at Good Counsel College. From left; Conor Lyng from Ballykelly, Dion Whitty from Campile, Jack Dollard from Glenmore and Mark Ryan from Ballycullane. Photo; Mary Browne

9/6/2022 Junior cert exam students at Good Counsel College. From left; Conor Lyng from Ballykelly, Dion Whitty from Campile, Jack Dollard from Glenmore and Mark Ryan from Ballycullane. Photo; Mary Browne

9/6/2022 Junior cert exam students at Good Counsel College. From left; Darragh Vereker from Glenmore, David Kennedy from Tullogher, Jason Cody from Glenmore and Adam Clifford from Inistioge. Photo; Mary Browne

9/6/2022 Junior cert exam students at Good Counsel College. From left; Darragh Vereker from Glenmore, David Kennedy from Tullogher, Jason Cody from Glenmore and Adam Clifford from Inistioge. Photo; Mary Browne

9/6/2022 Leaving cert exam students at St. Marys school. From left; Ciara Lynch from Ballinvegga and Caoimhe Byrne from Rathnure. Photo; Mary Browne

9/6/2022 Leaving cert exam students at St. Marys school. From left; Ciara Lynch from Ballinvegga and Caoimhe Byrne from Rathnure. Photo; Mary Browne

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Seán Woods 6th Year Coláiste Abbain student.

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There was a mixture of relief and fatigue after Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams across the New Ross district over recent days, as thousands of students got to grips with a wide range of subjects.

Having sat English, Geography, Maths and Irish, as well as Home Economics Scientific and Social, Engineering and Biology (for some), hands were aching and brains burning from the flurry of questions.

Unlike in most other years, at least students didn’t have to contend with sizzling hot temperatures going into hothouse exam halls.

At St Mary’s (The Mercy) student Ciara Lynch from Ballinvegga found the English Paper II exam just the ticket, saying: “Overall it wasn’t too bad. We had a lot of choice and we were definitely prepared for it.”

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Caoimhe Byrne from Rathnure was also happy with the paper, saying the time didn’t go too quickly during the three and a half hour exam – the longest most students will have to face in this year’s examination.

Sarah McGarr from New Ross said: “It was a nice paper with a lot of choice. The questions were very easy to understand and you could write about everything. That was the longest paper.”

Hannah Chapman from Horeswood said: “It went alright. I’ve tired hands and lots of ink stains on them. I was quite happy that my favourite poet, Brendan Kennelly, came up. You were able to write a lot about the answers. Now I’m just glad I don’t have to learn any more poetry!”

Shade Animashaun from New Ross found the paper fair. “The questions weren’t awful. They were doable. It’s nice to get it out of the way.”

Eadaoin Walsh from The Rower said: “It was good. I thought it went Ok. The questions weren’t too bad but I wasn’t happy with the Yeats question.”

Caitlin Walsh, who is also from The Rower, said: “It was a really long paper and we were writing all the time. I was happy with who came up.”

A Good Counsel Junior Cert student said he found the exams a lot easier than the Mocks, having sat his History and Irish exams.

Good Counsel College Deputy Principal Aidan O’Brien said everything has gone smoothly so far for both cohorts of students sitting exams.

“Things have been working out well with no glitches to date with any students being unwell. People have generally been quite happy with the papers,” he said.

Mr O’Brien said there were some issues raised about some Junior Cert papers nationally but locally no complaints were received from students at the school.

He said the additional choices have eased the stress on students who have lost out on in class time due to lockdowns.

He said having more choice gives students more time, which is especially important for the Leaving Cert exams.


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