Eight A1s for Urlingford student

13/8/14 REPRO FREECistercian College Roscrea student Matthew Kavanagh from Urlingford, County Kilkenny centre, receiving top honours, 1 of 12 in the country to achieve the highest results in the Leaving Cert, 8 A1 grades..  Pic Sean Curtin Photo.
A local student is one of just 12 people in the country to receive eight A1s in his Leaving Cert results.

A local student is one of just 12 people in the country to receive eight A1s in his Leaving Cert results.

Matthew Kavanagh (18), who is the son of JJ Kavanagh, received the highest marks possible in English, Irish, Maths, German, Chemistry, Biology, Accounting and Economics. The Urlingford teen is a student at Cistercian College Roscrea.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the results and would like to take the opportunity to thank all the staff at the College for their continuous support and guidance over the last six years,” said Matthew.

“I am looking forward now to going on to third level and hoping to study medicine at University College Cork.”

Matthew was also just one of just 12 students to receive 12 A1s in his Junior Certificate three years ago. He has proved to be a high achiever in extra-curricular activities as well, having captained his school to the North Leinster Hurling Final as well as being part of the winning 2013 All-Ireland German Debating Team.

Proud father JJ said the family was delighted with Matthews’ performance in the Leaving Cert.

“He has attended Cistercian College for six years and has enjoyed a wonderful experience from day one,” he said.

“The teachers here routinely go above and beyond the call of duty to make themselves available to give extra tutorials and help out the students. We couldn’t be prouder of Matthew and would like to thank all at Cistercian College for contributing to his success”.

President of Cistercian College Brendan Feehan, said the results had been excellent this year.

“It is a fantastic achievement on the part of Matthew and indeed all the students who got their results today,” he said.

“The grades achieved reflect very well on the holistic education and ethos here at Roscrea. Matthew has been an all-round student in terms of academia as well music and sport, and his outstanding results reflect the hard work put in not only by the student himself but also his teaching staff over the last six years.”