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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Ian (17) saved by gardai as he almost misses first exam

Story By Kathryn Hayes
Ian Fitzhenry relaxing at home in Patrickswell County Limerick after his interesting first day sitting his Leaving Cert Exams.
Picture Credit Brian Gavin Press 22
Story By Kathryn Hayes Ian Fitzhenry relaxing at home in Patrickswell County Limerick after his interesting first day sitting his Leaving Cert Exams. Picture Credit Brian Gavin Press 22
Leaving Cert student gets garda escort to exam hall after missing bus

ONE Leaving Cert student will never forget the first day of his exams after he had to get a Garda escort to his school.

Ian Fitzhenry (17) was saved by the bell when his brother rang a taxi after he failed to get the bus to bring him to his first exam.

The CBS student, who lives in Patrickswell, Co Limerick, hadn’t realised the change in the bus timetable and began to panic when there was no sign of the 8.50am bus to Limerick city by 9.15am.

“I texted my brothers and sisters but they were all in bed. My older brother Alan rang me back and said he would get one of my other brothers to meet me down the road with the money for a taxi.

“As we were driving in, the taxi driver noticed a garda car behind us and he explained what had happened and we got a garda escort into town.”

The lucky student arrived just minutes before his Leaving Cert English Paper 1 was due to begin.

“I got there in time but if I hadn’t made it by 9.45am I wouldn’t haven’t been allowed to sit the exam,” he said.

Ian’s mother Trish, who started work at 5am at Centra on the Dock Road, was unaware of the drama until she got her break at 11.30am.

“I’m just glad I didn’t hear about it until it was all sorted out. I start work at 5am so I had left at 4.30am and didn’t see all the text messages until I had my break at 11.30am.

“Thank God for the taxi driver and for everyone who helped him get there on time,” she said.

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