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Saturday 19 August 2017

A few challenging heels but the class of 2013 get top marks

A clever group avoid one of the downpours in Grafton Street, which failed to dampen spirits. Photo: Doug O'Connor
A clever group avoid one of the downpours in Grafton Street, which failed to dampen spirits. Photo: Doug O'Connor

THE CLASS of 2013 let their hair down – and it was a night of fun around the city.

Parents will be glad to hear that the Leaving Cert celebrations around the country passed off last night without any major incidents.

Remarkably few struggled with their new-found freedom, and gardai described the party-goers as a "sensible group".

As thousands of teenagers descended on the capital to celebrate the final chapter in the 13 years of state education, rain kept most celebrations low-key.

By 10 o'clock, many revellers had made their way to the city, some struggling on the wet streets in high heels.

But, as the queues for some of Dublin's popular nightspots grew, most seem in buoyant mood.

 

Faced off

Whether the results were good or bad, everyone was happy that the wait was finally over and they could let their hair down.

In an isolated incident, on Duke Street, a couple of men faced-off, while a third man videoed it with his smartphone. The two exchanged a number of blows before they broke up the fight themselves and went their separate ways.

The clubs seem to have done a good job, with many people turned away at doors by bouncers for not having adequate identification or already being too worse for wear.

One club, in anticipation of walking wounded, had a first aid unit set up in a next-door coffee shop – but had very few takers.

By one o'clock, some students had already headed home.

By half past two, the streets were mostly quiet – the youngsters leaving clubs shuffling quietly into waiting taxis.

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