The only tears seen were ones of joy as students opened the dreaded brown envelopes in Mountmellick Community School last Wednesday morning August 13.
While some of the 94 students who sat exams opted to see their results online at 12noon, many more called in to collect their paper in person.
By 9.45 an anxious group had gathered waiting for the doors to open at 10am.
Top boy and girl students Eoghan Quigley with 530 points and Jennifer Dooley with 590,shakily smiled for a photo with principal Larry Curtin and vice principal Frances Kerry.
Jennifer, from Emmett Street, hadn’t yet totted up her points but was happy.
“I am very surprised but in a good way, I am delighted,” she said.
She is waiting to see what courses she will be offered.
“I put things down like science and pharmacy, I am hoping to go to Trinity or UCD,” she said.
Her mother Rose was thrilled.
“I was hoping she would do well, she did a lot of work, but I wasn’t expecting that, I am in a state of shock,” she said happily.
Eoghan from Derryguile hopes to study financial maths and was delighted with his B2 in honours maths.
“I am very happy overall,” he said.
Brandon Cooper from Pattison’s Estate was high fiving his friends such was his delight.
“I did absolutely brilliant, amazing, I exceeded every expectation, I’m going to Carlow boys, I won’t be repeating” he said jubilantly.
Brandon hopes to study either business, law, or sports and exercise management.
“I was very nervous to be honest, I will enjoy a meal with the family tonight and then head out with the lads. No-one in my family has gone to college, I will be the first one, a new leaf,” he said.
Carly Payne from Harbour Street was shocked and overjoyed with her three A’s, in English, ag science and biology.
“I was very worried coming up here, but I am delighted, I wasn’t expecting this,” said Carly, who hopes to now study nursing in either Galway or Limerick, after a well earned holiday in Portugal.
Daragh Conroy from Acragar was “absolutely delighted” with his results too, having progressed from getting Ds in his Junior Cert in Irish and English, to honours in the Leaving Cert.
It had been a tense wait.
“I got very little sleep last night,” he admitted
The soccer and football player hopes to go on to study physical sciences in UCD.
Student Emma Thompson from Rosenallis was “happy enough” with her 445 points. She plans to study commerce and Spanish in Cork, starting from scratch with the Spanish.
“I wanted a new language,” said Emma.
The Meitheal program helped get her through what was a tough leaving cert year.
“It definitely helped,” she said.