Wednesday was Judgement Day for Leaving Cert students the length and breadth of the country and in Killarney one girl in particular stood out above the rest. St Brigid’s Secondary School pupil Éadaoin O’Donoghue, daughter of Mike and Mish, emerged with a remarkable total of seven H1 grades (between 90-100%). She was one of just 53 students nationally to achieve this distinction

“I’m delighted with the results,” Éadaoin, who plans on studying pharmacy, said. “Thanks to my school and my wonderful teachers for their hard work throughout the year.”

In total, 57,000 people received their results this week. Students who applied for college will find out if they have secured their first-choice places next Monday when offers are made through the CAO. More students elected to sit higher-level papers in 2018 due to last year’s overhaul of the grading system.

St Brigid’s Principal, Ms Róisín Moore, said the school were delighted with the results achieved by their students.

“They were an excellent group of girls who contributed significantly to school life over the past five or six years,” she said. “They were all-rounders. One of our students (Éadaoin O’Donoghue) achieved seven Higher Level Grade 1s, 13% of the girls achieved over 550 points while 25% achieved over 500 points and 67% of our Leaving Certificate Applied class received distinctions. These grades are well above the national norms. All of the girls can be very proud of their achievements.”

Meanwhile, St Brendan’s College Principal Seán Coffey emphasised his satisfaction that students had achieved at the highest level in the 20 subjects on offer at Leaving Cert level in the school.  He also recognised the myriad levels of ability in the year group and congratulated all those who had worked to achieve their best in accordance with their ability. He thanked staff for the work and engagement and the parents of the young men for the manner of their support and commitment.