All smiles at Kilkenny schools as students open their Leaving Cert results

Local principals delighted with results

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LEAVING CERT KILKENNY

Aoife O'Flaherty, Eimear Lanigan, Sarah Quinn, Alison Power, Blathnaid Galway, Hazel McEnery, Kate Cowhig and Ciara McDermott (kneeling), Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny, joyous after getting

It was all smiles at local schools this morning as the long wait came to an end for 1,025 students in Kilkenny collecting their Leaving Certificate results.

At Scoil Aireagail in Ballyhale, results were handed out from around 9.45am. Principal Liam O' Brien said he and the staff were very pleased with the results and the performances.

"We've a number of excellent Leaving Cert results," he said.

"Students are in a position to pursue the college courses and apprenticeships they are looking at. They're looking at what's going to happen, they've achieved their potential and are moving on to the next stage of their lives, and we're very happy. They are a particularly nice group this year."

At Presentation Secondary School students were delighted with their results. Aobha O'Gorman and Eimear Lanigan were both thrilled and did 'better than expected'. Their classmate Edwina Alyward secured an amazing 7H1's and I H2's.Principal Shane Hallahan congratulated the students on their outstanding success.

"I am very pleased with the results. They are a hardworking group and are very unassuming and supportive to each other."

Meanwhile at the CBS Secondary School Principal Tom Clarke said that the great results were 'testament to the worrk of students, parents and teachers'.

"I am genuinely delighted with the vast majority of lads getting their first choice."

Also in the city, Principal of Colaiste Pobail Osrai, Cathnia O' Muircheartaigh was delighted with the overall results and with some students in particular. As you would expect from an all-Irish secondary school, Irish results were excellent but they were equally good in English and in other subjects like maths and physics.

"Overall, we are extremely satisfied that students of all abilities seem to have performed to the maximum of their ability and that is important," Mr O' Mhuircheartaigh said.

At St Kieran's College, the envelopes were handed out from 9am. Some students opened them right away, others elected to wait until they were back in their car.

Principal Adrian Finan said he was delighted with the results, and that by and large students and teachers had been very pleased. One student achieved the maximum results possible.

"We're very happy, the next stage now is [the CAO offers] on Monday," said Principal Finan.

A helpline number for students and parents, operated by the National Parents’ Council is available from 10am today, and at intervals each day until next Wednesday on 1800-265165.