It was a momentous day in their lives, another step forward in the journey of life undertaken with some trepidation as the all important brown envelope was handed to them last Wednesday morning at Clonmel’s secondary schools.
Leaving Certificate students arrived in glorious sunshine to collect their results after months of waiting and uncertainty about what their future would hold.
Once the envelope was in their possession students sought a quiet corner to take out the sheet of results and do a quick calculation to see where they stood and anticipate what lies ahead for them.
It was an early start for the principals of the Clonmel secondary schools who collected the results in the Post Office on Wednesday morning and they had the task of delivering them to their students.
Shortly after 9am a large group of Leaving Cert students had assembled in the main hall in the Presentation School with Principal Michael O’Loughlin assisted by Deputy Principal Ann Dwyer coping with the onslaught of anxious students.
Among them was Andrea Moloney, after receiving congratulatory hugs from friends, said she was delighted with her results as she received enough points to do her speech and language therapy in UCC.
Sarah Gardiner was thrilled with her results, in particular to get a pass in honours maths, a subject which she feared she could have failed.
“I was just thrilled to get the maths”, she said and she hopes to do either primary school studies in Mary Immaculate in Limerick or go to Wales and study radiography.
Shannon Sheridan was also thrilled to get the honours maths and she will make up her mind between Galway for law or Dublin for maths and economics when the CAO offers come out.
Principal Michael O’Loughlin said they were thrilled with the impressive results achieved by students at the school.
He hoped lessons would be learned by those setting the exams concerning the controversy over the Ordinary Maths Paper which was very difficult.
“It was a very difficult paper and it was hard on students because it set the tone as they sat that paper very early in the exams and they need to be mindful of something like that,” he said.
He wished all the students every success in the future and said the teaching staff and everybody working at the school were proud of the performance of the Leaving Cert students.
In the Loreto a queue of nervous girls lined up to take meet Principal Anne McGrath and Deputy Principal Seamus Ryan to receive their envelope.
Faye Corbett came out from her meeting and immediately found a quiet corner to do a quick calculation.
She was very happy with her results which enabled her to go on and do her first choice of geography and archeology at UCC.
“I got there” said Faye.
Leanne Ryan, who will study childhood studies in Waterford, said she was very nervous opening the envelope but was “happy out”.
Roisin Bates was looking forward to life in Galway where she will do an arts degree.
She picked Galway because some of her friends who did not do TY went there and it was all positive feedback.
Principal Anne McGrath said they were very pleased with the results with very strong results in Higher and Ordinary Maths papers and across all languages.
“I am very proud of all our students ands very thankful to all of the teaching staff and we wish them all happiness and health in the future,” she said.
High School students were met by Principal Karen Steenson and Deputy Principal Jerry Shanahan and other members of the teaching staff as well as Jimmy Cass of the Board of Management.
Cian Crowe, who amassed 615 points, said he would do pharmacy in Cork. He attributed his impressive result to a decision to do Transition Year and to work hard from the beginning of fifth year.
“Transition Year allowed for a break from exams which was important and you have to start the hard work for the Leaving Cert at the start of fifth year,” said Cian, who thanked the teaching staff at the High School for their support.
Tristan Real was relieved to get his points which will allow him go on and do his first choice of an arts degree in UCC.
Jonathan O’Brien said he was happy that he got everything he expected.
He was happy that the maths pass paper was marked leniently because it was a very difficult paper .
Jack Bourke said he was very happy with his results and he intends to study business in Waterford or Cork.
Principal Karen Steenson said she was absolutely thrilled with the excellent results secured by High School students. She felt students who took the decision to take on the Higher Maths paper were rewarded and she would encourage students to meet that challenge.
“It is a relief for the pupils and also the teaching staff, some of whom came in today to meet the students, because they genuinely care about the students and wanted to wish them well” she said.
At Gaelcolaiste Cheitlin, student Conor Power was thrilled with his results and he was looking forward to studying engineering in UL.
Two students who had to fit in a lot during the year were Tadgh Fitzgerald and Ben Cooney who are members of the Tipperary minor football team who take on Kildare in an All Ireland semi final later this month.
Corner back Tadgh said he was very happy with his results and he will study mechanical engineering in Cork Institute of Technology. Being involved with the county minor footballers was a huge commitment along with the Leaving Cert but he managed to do both.
“I learned a lot about time management, it was important to ensure the time was put in for study as well as meeting the commitment to the minor football campaign. The football training was a good break from the studying and that is important to get a break from it all”, he said .
Roisin Walsh was delighted to get an A in pass maths because it was a difficult paper and she received As in all her other subjects which were taken at higher level.
Colaiste Cluain Meala student Aidrian Regan will go to UL to study aeronautical engineering to pursue his life long interest in planes.
“From a very young age I was building airfix Spitfires at home and I have a great passion for planes and in particular military aircraft”