The sun beamed down in Castlebar on Tuesday morning last, and, after an uneasy nervousness evaporated, most of the students The Mayo News met were relieved and happily looking forward to thrills and spills of third level life.
While offers, colleges and courses were momentarily put on the back burner students embraced each other and were congratulated on a job well done by principals and teachers alike.
Wesley O’Donnell from Islandeady was looking very jovial as he emerged minutes after Davitt College principal Bernie Rowland gave out the results.
The 18-year-old said, he was ‘delighted’ and ‘over the moon’, adding that he was hoping to study Civil Engineering in Galway or Sligo. Lisa Hyland (18) from Parke said she was hoping to complete a four-year open university course online. The languages enthusiast would like to study French and Spanish and was ‘really happy’ with her results.
“We’re delighted this morning,” Bernie Rowland continued. “There’s a great sense of relief but a great sense of happiness as well. The students worked extremely hard for the last two years and it’s simply their hard work which has paid off. They got their results this morning and most of them will get their first choices, going on the analysis that we’ve done already.
“One student got 580 points so she’s delighted I’m sure. She’s in America at the moment so she’ll check online at midday. Her mother is coming in now to pick up her results so no doubt she’ll be on the phone to her right away.”
Ms Rowland said that one of the unique aspects which Davitt College provides for it’s students is an innovative career counselling service.
“We have two career counsellors here this morning supporting our students and advising our students and they’ll be trying to analyse whether they’ll get their first choices or not. They’ll spend the day here. We have that support here for them and they’ll be available for the next few days up until Monday.”
Relief and exuberance were the resounding theme when The Mayo News visited St Joseph’s Convent of Mercy. Helen Gallagher from Westport Rd, Castlebar smiled and admitted that she was pleasantly surprised with her results.
“I was so shocked. I couldn’t believe it, I just kept adding up the points.”
The 18-year-old hopes to study Engineering in Dublin or Edinburgh and said she was anxious about her Maths result.
“I found the Maths really hard. I was so worried about not getting on well in that. A lot of people thought it was hard as well. I’m just glad to have it over with now and I’m really happy with the results.”
A beaming Laura Mahon said she was hoping to study occupational therapy in Galway while the calm and collected Triona Ní Dhomhnail was being teased about getting up early and going for a jog prior to collecting her results.
“I went for a run first thing so it was just like a normal day,” before adding humorously, “I’m happy it’s all over now. I don’t have to come back next year!”
Ciara Browne from Snugboro, Castlebar was also delighted with her results. She attained a phenomenal five A1s, two A2s and a B1. She is now hoping to study Actuary in UCD or in Edinburgh and said that sleep was an issue during the intervening nights.
“I was at a friend’s house until Monday and didn’t get much sleep and when I came home I couldn’t go to sleep either.”
St Joseph’s outgoing Principal Áine Bn. Uí Mhóráin congratulated the girls and said that she felt there were still lots of opportunities for those who may have under achieved. “There are people who do PLC courses and six years later some of them are doing PhDs so there’s great opportunities and parents need to understand that.”
At St Gerald’s principal Sean Burke was pleased with the overall aptitude of the students and he added that there were ‘some exceptional results’.
Mr Burke said he was delighted with the performance of students of all capabilities in the school. Six students in all were celebrating a remarkable six As, while one student, Padraic Condon, received seven A1s and accumulated the maximum 600 points.
Mr Burke concluded that a large proportion of the students were highly satisfied and it had been ‘a great day all round’.