There were scenes of joy as the ‘Class of 2022’ received their Leaving Certificate results at schools across Roscommon and further afield last Friday.
Local school principals offered generally favourable reports following another Covid-19 impacted school year with scores across the board up on previous years.
Miriam Hunt, Principal at the Convent of Mercy, Roscommon expressed her delight with the results which saw a whopping 50 per cent of her 88 students achieving in excess of 500 points.
Five of the Convent of Mercy students also achieved the maximum 625 points this year, namely Emily Feeley of Lisadurn; Laoise Mahon of Mountplunkett; Muireann O’Brien of Ballintubber; and Saoirse Gillooly and Rosie Farrell of Roscommon town.
Mrs. Hunt wished each student the very best for their future career pathway. The Convent principal also paid tribute to Deputy Principal Sinead Tiernan, the teachers, school staff and parents who each played a “crucial role”.
There were similar scenes at Roscommon Community College where the highest marks were in mathematics with a high number of students achieving a H1.
Principal Georgina Keena said students performed well in all subjects but particularly physics and chemistry, where results were above the national trend.
“As a staff we are delighted with the success of the Leaving Certificate students of 2022,” Ms. Keena said.
“I would like to personally congratulate and commend the students on their hard work and commitment, whilst facing the exceptionally difficult circumstance of the pandemic. After today, all eyes will naturally turn to the first round of CAO offers, and I hope that all their hard work will be rewarded.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of RCC for their continuous dedication and commitment to their students”.
Student Eamon Lynch said that after attaining over 600 points he hopes to realise his dream of attending the University of Limerick to study the Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.
Fellow classmate Norbert Papuga said he couldn’t believe he attained 600 points and was looking forward to attending Trinity College Dublin where he hoped to study Computer Science.
Twin sisters Siobhan and Aisling Treacy were overjoyed at their results and hope to secure careers in Primary School Teaching and Nursing respectively while Cormac Mee, delighted with his results, explained how he commenced his electrical apprenticeship with DE Power Solutions, Dublin in July.
CBS Roscommon Principal Kevin Scollan said he was delighted with the school’s Leaving Cert results, especially considering many of the students did not sit their Junior Certificate exams and lost out on class time due to Covid-19.
According to Mr. Scollan, over 50 per cent of the student body scored over 400 points with one in five attaining over 500.
Results day was particularly special for Luke Stephens, Ruairi Tiernan, Jack Donnellan and Michael Devine, who scored in excess of 600 points each.
“The staff of CBS Roscommon are so proud of you all and we wish you every success in your future,” he commented.
“Many students are going on to study subjects such as law, computer science courses, biomedical science, pharmacy, medicine, and accounting, with a sizeable number of students opting to pursue the apprenticeship route”.
Principal of Coláiste Mhuire, Ballygar, Emma O’Malley said there was relief and delight among students last Friday.
“They are delighted and we are delighted for them – particularly after the difficult two years they’ve had with Covid-19,” she said.
“Our students earned excellent results with 30 per cent attaining over 500 points and 10 percent getting over 550 points. Overall, they can be very happy with their outstanding achievements. They have persevered and should be very proud of themselves”.
Lanesboro Community College Principal Hazel Hannon said the school was very proud of the Leaving Cert class of 2022.
She went on to say their hard work and dedication has been rewarded with a superb set of results, with a high number of students achieving maximum grades. She also congratulated all the teachers who did such Trojan work in supporting each student in their care. She also thanked the Board of Management, which always offers such great support to the school.
Other schools in the locality also reported very positive results.