Dublin student shocked to top country's Leaving Cert results

The student who earned nine A1s in his Leaving Certificate says it feels a "bit surreal" to have achieved the highest marks in the country.

Conor Gallagher of St Michael's College in Dublin says he is shocked at his achievement.

Eleanor Murray, from Trim Co Meath, who has Down Syndrome, is celebrating today after achieving an overall mark of 93% in her Leaving Certificate Applied.

The 20-year-old student, who attends Scoil Mhuire in Trim, received a distinction and is now looking forward to embarking on a third-level course in September.

She says she can't wait to start her Sports Management and Coaching Course.

Leaving cert students from Tuam who were delighted with their Leaving cert results, pictured are Sarah Kilkelly, Ryan Mangan, Lisa Ryan and Leah Kelly. Pic: Ray Ryan.

Elsewhere, there was relief and joy at schools across Ireland as thousands of students were opening their Leaving Cert results this morning.

Overall, 13 students got eight A1s and 50 earned seven A1 grades.

A new record of almost 14,000 students sat Higher Level Maths, drawn in by the offer of 25 bonus points.

However, the fail rate in maths and some sciences also rose, while 15% failed Ordinary Level Chemistry and 10% didn't pass Physics.

Pupils Daniel Kibirige, Lee Kennedy, Kevin Murphy, Jack O'Dwyer, Roisin Hennessy, Kevin O'Regan, Adam Carroll and Stephen Wallace who received their Leaving Cert results at Colaister Choilm, Ballincollig, Cork. Pic: Dan Linehan

Despite the concerns, Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan says there are no plans for an overhaul.

(from left) Students Jodie Moloney, Kelly Blake and Kelly Quinn receive their leaving certificate results at St Nessan's Community College, Moylish Park, Limerick. Pic: PA

The National Parents Council Post Primary's Exam helpline is now open on 1800-265-165.

Lynda O'Shea, the group's PRO, says they are ready to help with any number of situations.

She said: "Some students are unsure of their points and where they go from here, or they may be looking to say 'look, I haven't got enough points, where do I go from here and what courses are available to me'."

For many the focus will now switch to Monday and the first round of third-level offers from the CAO.

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