Cillian Crosson celebrates Christmas dinner before departing for South America

Christmas bells were ringing and children singing at Cillian Crosson’s house this week, as the teenager celebrated Christmas early before he departed for South America on a one-year volunteer project

Christmas bells were ringing and children singing at Cillian Crosson’s house this week, as the teenager celebrated Christmas early before he departed for South America on a one-year volunteer project

To top things off for the Ardee adventurer, Cillian achieved a whopping 595 points in his Leaving Cert results and has deferred his course of Math’s and English at Trinity College, which he will resume when he returns to the emerald isle.

Speaking to The Dundalk Democrat on the eve of his departure, Cillian said “I’m only realizing now that I’m actually going for a whole year.

I’m so excited, but I’m going to miss all of my family so much. My emotions are balanced, I’m excited and nervous at the same time.”

Cillian isn’t the only person leaving the Crosson household, his sister is set to fly to China in the coming weeks, so neither of them will be at home for Christmas, so the Ardee family decided to have all the Christmas trimmings, five months before the holiday season.

“Neither of us will be here in December, so we decided to have Christmas dinner today (evening before departing). We had all the usual trimmings that goes with a Christmas dinner, it’s all very emotional. It will be the first time that I will not be here for Christmas,” said Cillian.

The former De La Salle student was delighted with his exam results, saying “I was crying with joy when I got my results, I was so shocked.

I’ll study English and Math’s but I’m unsure what exactly I want to be.”

The seventeen-year-old, who will teach these two subjects while living among the local community in Guyana, expressed his appreciation to everybody who donated to his fund raising campaign.

“I’d just like to thank anybody who donated, weather it was big or small, it all helped. I went to an old ladies house who had given me €20 to thank her and we had a chat and when I was leaving she donated another €120, the generosity of the people has been amazing,” Cillian added.