Delight as A-listers celebrate incredible results in Junior Cert
Up to 60,000 Junior Cert students were celebrating last night after the release of the 2015 results.
Among them were six remarkable students who achieved 12 As, the best grades in the country.
One of the six is Mairanda Faul, Colaiste Lorcain, in Castledermot, Co Kildare, who was "hoping to do well" and was "really happy with the results".
In neighbouring Co Wicklow, Niamh Clarke (15), a pupil at St Kevin's Community College in Dunlavin, admitted she was hoping for a good result and "was delighted when I got it".
Niamh said her outcome "was the culmination of a lot of hard work", although she also found the time to play club camogie, and both club and inter-county football.
"I worked really hard studying, but I also made sure to take time out for other interests and have fun with my friends," she added. There was a bit of sibling slagging in the Deasy home in Douglas, Co Cork, on Tuesday night as 15-year-old Cian awaited his results.
His older bother Hugh had a very good Junior Cert outcome last year and had suggested to Cian that it would be hard to beat. But beat it he most certainly did.
"At most I would have been happy to match it, not in my wildest dreams did I think I would get 12 As," said Cian.
When Cian shared his news with his brother, the pair "had a good laugh".
Also in Cork, Anne O'Farrell (15), of Ballinlough and a pupil at Mount Mercy College, Model Farm Road, said that her 12 As came as "such a shock, because I went in thinking it would be mostly Bs".
For Aaron O'Connor, Mercy Secondary School in Ballymahon, Co Longford, the 12 As was "more than I ever could have imagined".
When he saw the A in Irish he knew he had done well, as he hadn't achieved an A in the "mocks".
Ciara Kenny of St John Bosco Community College in Kildysart, Co Clare, said that while she did put in a lot of effort for the exams she "didn't think I would get that result".
"I tried to have a balance - do an hour's study and then go and play a bit of sport," said Ciara, who plays club football and basketball.