Teaching and physiotherapy in Rathdowney

St Fergal's College Principal Aine O'Neill.

St Fergal's College Principal Aine O'Neill.

Teaching and physiotherapy were the most popular choices for students from St Fergal’s College Rathdowney who were collecting their results last week.

The 52 Leaving Cert students did well, according to principal Aine O’Neill.

“They did very very well, there were excellent results this year. I fully hope they get their choices for college,” she said.

Declining to reveal names of top scoring students, she said the highest points scored were by a female student, at 580 points.

“We had a very high proportion with over 400 points, about twenty percent, and nobody failed,” she said.

About 90 percent of students applied for third level courses, with some interesting choices this year.

“Some are going for a new course on traditional music in Limerick. About five are going for primary teaching, while teaching and physio are popular choices this year. With a co-ed school, we had our usual number of engineering and construction choices,” she said, while noting the jump in CAO points for architecture.

“It is interesting to see that, I am delighted it is up, because a lot of students are interested and they can see a possibility of jobs coming back in the construction area,” she said.

The relatively small number of students had its good and bad aspects.

“We are a small school. It helps in a way because they students have more personal interaction with teachers. However it is a bit of headache trying to provide the subjects they all want. We do manage to offer the four science subjects, and honours maths, which a lot more students are chancing in the last few years,” the principal said.

Limerick is the favourite third level destination for the south Laois school she said.




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