A collective sigh of relief rang out around Tipperary last Wednesday morning as over 2,000 secondary school students made their way to their former schools one last time to collect their Leaving Certificate exam results.
And the 2016 graduating class did not disappoint with all schools experiencing record results across the board.
“I just can't believe it. I'm absolutely delighted,” squealed Presentation Thurles student Enya O'Connell Hussey who scored A's in Geography, Biology and French giving her a very impressive 555 points, enough to secure her a place to study Zoology in Trinity this September.
“We are so proud of Enya. She worked incredibly hard all year,” said proud parents Roisin and Mark.
Spirits were also high at Thurles CBS with many students already confident they had secured enough points for their chosen courses.
“I'm thrilled with my results. I got 535 so I'll hopefully have enough for my course,” said John Lanigan from Glengoole while fellow pupil Dylan Kerr from Thurles said he was also optimistic he did well enough to secure his place in a music teaching course.
“To be honest I'm a bit shocked,” said friend Adam Webb who clocked in an impressive tally with 615 points. “I worked hard through the year but it'll always be a bit surreal when you actually get the results on the day,” he said adding that he hopes to study Aeronautical Engineering in UL this September.
Elsewhere in the county students at Our Lady's Secondary School Templemore were also brimming with excitement with a record number of students at the school achieving over 500 points. Principal Patricia Higgins paid tribute to students and their teachers who worked so hard together over the past two years reserving particular praise for students who had overcome personal difficulties on the way to the Leaving Cert and for those busy students who managed a hectic sporting schedule, often at the highest level over the past couple of years and still managed to achieve excellent results.
“We had record results here this year and many students are hoping to go on to study pharmacy, engineering, nursing and primary teaching,” she said.
Ms Higgins also congratulated the parents and guardians who had supported their sons and daughters over the course of the Leaving Cert saying that this kind of support is invaluable to students as they work towards the Leaving Cert Exam.