There were plenty of smiling faces emerging from Longford schools yesterday morning as over 580 students collected their Leaving Certificate and Leaving Cert Applied results.
While many opted to open their results in the privacy of their homes, others eagerly ripped open the envelope on the spot to see if their hard work over the past few years had paid off, and in a majority of cases, it had.
Friends Nadine Roper, Eímear Carberry and Aisling Lee, all students of Meán Scoil Mhuire, opened their envelopes together and were thrilled with their excellent results.
“I’m over the moon,” grinned Aisling, who hopes to study English and Psychology at Trinity College.
Over in St Mel’s College, the prognosis was also good, with several students relieved to have their results after a nervous wait.
“I’m just delighted to get them out of the way,” laughed Michael Lynch, who aims to start Business Studies in DIT this Autumn.
Thomas Donlon was elated when the Leader caught up with him. Unable to attend school since Christmas due to ill health, he had resigned himself to completing his Leaving Cert in 2016 instead. However, thanks to Guidance Counsellor Hazel Concar, he was able to receive tutoring outside of school and aced his exams. He now hopes to study Computer Science in Maynooth.
Admitting that there were tears throughout the morning, Principal of Meán Scoil Mhuire, Paul Costello was happy to report that they were mostly happy tears as girls achieved their goals.
“We’re very happy overall now,” he added, pointing out that 23% of their students got more than 500 points, with no fails in honours Maths.
In conclusion, he advised those who were disappointed with their results to wait for the next step, which is Monday, when the CAO first round offers come out.
For more on this year’s Leaving Certificate results, see next week’s Longford Leader.