There were smiles in the sunshine this morning as over 1,000 students around the county opened their Leaving Cert exam results.
At Presentation Kilkenny, Anna Walpole was celebrating 615 points – more than she will need to realise her goal of studying Actuarial Maths in UCD. She was one of 16 girls at the school to have surpassed 560 points, but more importantly, was one of the vast majority to have got what she needed to move on to the next stage of life.
A visibly delighted Principal Shane Hallahan complimented staff, parents and the students themselves.
“We’re very happy with them,” he said.
“We had a number of exceptionally high-fliers. They were a very strong class, and a very calm class, and a lovely group to work with. They worked consistently hard and achieved exceptionally well.”
Across town at Kilkenny College, headmaster Simon Thompson said a lot of hard work and effort had been put in by all.
“On behalf of the Boards and staff of Kilkenny College I offer congratulations to each member of the Sixth Form of 2015 on their individual and collective success in the Leaving Certificate,” he said.
At St Kieran’s College, Donagh Mahon from Gowran was just receiving his results – a total of 585 points – having secured A1s in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
“Pretty strong – it’s about where I wanted,” he said.
“I’m taking a year out. I had Engineering down, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to commit to it for four years, so I’m going to take some time.”
Principal of Coláiste Pobail Osrai Cathnia Ó Muircheartaigh was delighted with the results. He congratulated all the students on their study, hard work and well deserved results.
“Guímid gach rath ar na scoláirí ar an mbóthar rompu,” duirt se.
“Their parents must be very proud of them are we in the Coláiste. Míle buíochas to all the staff and teachers who supported the students over the past six years.”
Principal of Colaiste Cois Siuire, Mooncoin Paul Duggan was similarly delighted.
“We are all very happy with the results,especially in maths and Irish where students did really well,” he said.
“The other area I’d like to mention is engineering and construction where students also did really well.”
At St Brigid’s College in Callan, Principal Pat Power praised the students for a successful set of exams.
“We are delighted with the results – it reflects really well on the girls, their parents, and the teachers,” he said. “The results are underpinned by great work, great perserverance, and great resilience by all.”
Meanwhile at Castlecomer Community College, Principal Seamus O’Connor was delighted with the results.
“The majority of our students will get their first choice and there was a lot of A grades.
“There was a lot of high grades in both Maths and Accounting. We are very pleased with the results and want to wish all of our students all the best in the future,” he added.