High achievers across the county

Having acquired 615 points in his Leaving Certificate, Michael Corkery is now to headed to Dublin to undertake Dietetics at Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin (TCD). The St. Mel’s College graduate (18) told the Leader: “I hope to work as a dietician – I would actually love to go into sports nutrition after that.”

Having acquired 615 points in his Leaving Certificate, Michael Corkery is now to headed to Dublin to undertake Dietetics at Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin (TCD). The St. Mel’s College graduate (18) told the Leader: “I hope to work as a dietician – I would actually love to go into sports nutrition after that.”

On the morning of Wednesday (August 15) last, Michael learned that he had achieved at A2 in maths (higher level) and five A1s (English, physics, chemistry, accountancy, and German). He also got a C2 in Irish.

The Ferefad native, who is a keen basketball player and coach, looked at his study over the last ten months and told the Leader that while he worked hard, he believed he maintained a balanced life.

“I put a lot into my study but I didn’t let it take over my life. I played basketball three times a week and I coached the Under 16 Longford Falcons too,” said Michael, a son of Anne and Oliver.

Another young person keen to balance her study with her personal life was Una Farrell (17), a daughter of Teresa Victory and county councillor Sean Farrell. A former student of Ballymahon Vocational School, Una also achieved 615 points in her Leaving Certificate results and has been accepted into NUI Galway’s medicine programme.

“I decided to do medicine because I felt I’d really enjoy it. My sister, Gráinne, is studying it in UCD. I thought I would prefer Galway though as I really like that city. I have another sister, Fiona, living there,” said Una, a native of Newtowncashel.

Una achieved an A2 in maths (higher level), and five A1s in English, science, accountancy, biology and agricultural science.

Meanwhile, Nicholas Mallon, a native of Granard, was yet another success story in Longford’s Leaving Certificate results. At the age of 32, he entered Templemichael College, Longford, as a mature student and repeated his maths paper (ordinary level). In doing so he got the C1 grade he needed to secure a three year course in mechatronics at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT).

“I was doing an engineering course last year and I decided to do maths as I wanted to be on a level par with the other students that I would be going to college with,” said Nicholas, who now lives in Tarmonbarry with his partner, Orlagh McGrane.

He added: “I first did the Leaving Certificate in 1998 and I failed maths then so I’m absolutely thrilled with the C1 this time round.”

A son of Clare and Nicholas snr (RIP), Nicholas worked many jobs over the last ten years prior to returning to study.

“We thought about emigrating. This course was my last attempt at staying in Ireland and I got it,” said Nicholas, a former footballer with Granard GAA and captain of the Spartak FC soccer club, Granard.