The wait was finally over for students in Dundalk as they received their results last Wednesday.
The Dundalk Democrat headed out to a few of the local secondary schools to speak to the students about their results.
Emotions ran high in St. Vincents Secondary School at Seatown Place and there were tears of joy all round as students collected their results from Principal Deirdre Matthews and calculated their points.
Among the first to collect her results was Sarah McGuinness who brought along her mother Yvonne McGuinness for support.
Sarah was delighted with her results and hopes to go on and do “primary teaching and psychology”.
Sadhbh McCann was also over the moon with her results.
“I got enough points for my course so hopefully I’ll be doing teaching in St. Pat’s,” she told the Democrat.
Laura Carahar was in shock and quite emotional as she added up her points.
“I did a lot better than I expected,” the teenager said, “I want to go on and study Business Studies in DkIT now.”
Next we headed down to St. Mary’s College and met some happy faced students as they were coming out the school gates.
Nervous Leanne Woods still hadn’t opened her envelope containing her results but said she would do it “after work, when I have a bit of time!”
Emotions ran high as Jason Callan emerged from the school building clutching his results and nervously began to add up his points with the help of his mother and father.
His father told us it was Jason’s second time doing the exams so a lot was riding on the results.
We knew it was good news when mother Kathleen let out an excited scream. “It was all dependent on his maths result and he did it!”
Jason hopes to do Analytical Science in DCU.
At Colaiste Rís Principal Padraig Hamil and Vice Principal Noeleen Dowling were busy greeting students and keeping them calm while they added up their points.
“It’s always an emotional day,” said Principal Hamil, “You never know how students are going to react.’
“One student could come in and get six passes and be delighted where as another student could come in and get 530 points and be devastated because they haven’t gotten enough for a course.
“Today has gone great so far though!”