TWO students from Mountrath Community School received a whopping 625 points in their Leaving Cert this year. Daire Quinn and Aine Heaney both received maximum points, finding out the good news last Wednesday.
School principal Martin Gleeson said that the school was “very, very happy” overall with the results. “The students did exceptionally well, we have had a phenomenal amount of As in some subjects. Across the board students attained their potential”, he said.
Speaking to the Leinster Express Aine Heaney, whose mother Mary teaches in the school, said that it was a huge relief to finally receive the results. “I didn’t let myself think about it all summer, I am surpirsed and relieved. It had been hanging over us all summer so it is a huge relief”.
Aine is hoping for medicine in Dublin and was awarded student of the year in Mountrath last June. The school also extended its congratulations to student Daire Quinn who achieved maximum points with 8A’s in Leaving Certificate Higher Level papers.
Darragh Duggan from Portlaoise said that he was relieved to have the day over with. “I hadn’t ime to think about it all summer. I was grand this morning, my mother was more nervous than me”. Darragh who is hoping to do engineering in Limerick said that he wouldn’t miss school too much.
Barry McEvoy from Castletown agreed, saying he wouldn’t miss school either. Barry said he was a bit nervous on the morning of the results. He is hoping to do software development in Waterford. Emo student Tina Allen repeated her exams and told the Leinster Express that she wouldn’t miss school but she would miss all her friends. Tina is hoping to do speech therapy in Galway.
Elaine Lewis from Mountmellick said that she was very happy to have the waiting over. “I was really nervous, I didn’t get much sleep last night, you’re thinking about it all the time”. Elaine is hoping to do biomedical science in either Cork or Maynooth.
Mr Gleeson addded that many students are going for courses related to technology, sciences and medicines. “Monday is the big day for students when they find out their CAO choices”. Both Mr Gleeson and his vice principal Siobhan McCarthy said that this year’s weather was the worst they had remember for the exam students. “This is the first time that the students sat their exams in the rain and collected their results in the rain”, said Ms McCarthy.
Nineteen students in the school achieved over 500 points in their exams, with nine students surpassing the 550 point mark.