'Not bad but it wasn't brilliant either' - students relieved to see the back of tricky biology paper
It seemed that the highest hurdle had been jumped by Leaving Cert students at Our Lady's College, Greenhills, Co Louth, as they left their biology paper yesterday afternoon.
Many were glad to see the back of a "difficult" paper and are now only facing one or two more exams before they can throw their school bag in the corner for good.
The general consensus from the girls sitting the three-hour science paper was that it was very different to past papers.
Nicole Doherty, from Duleek, Co Meath, explained that she found core parts of the course had been left out of the exam this year.
"I thought it was going to go much better - it wasn't bad but it wasn't brilliant either," she said.
Ashley Abbedeen (17) also agreed that the paper had a sharper edge to it than the past papers she had attempted during the many weeks of study.
"Because you're so used to doing the past papers it was a bit of surprise today. It was a bit of a hard paper," she said.
Irish Paper Two also received a mixed reception at the all-girls' school in Drogheda earlier in the day.
The biggest surprise was the appearance of Brendan Gleeson's infamous Caca Milis in the prose section.
Niamh O'Connor (18), from Tinure, Co Louth, said that while it was tougher than she expected, she was happy enough with the questions.
"It is my favourite subject so while I was disappointed not everything I wanted came up, I think it worked out all right overall," she said.