When Leaving Cert success means more than just points

When Leaving Cert success means more than just points
Darragh Cotter

A few years ago, student Darragh Cotter couldn’t leave his room due to his severe anxiety, and ended up leaving his mainstream school.

This week, he is celebrating receiving his Leaving Cert results at the Cork Life Centre with his friends.

“I don’t drink, so I think we’ll get a pizza and just hang out,” he laughed.

Although the teenager from Mayfield is delighted with his results, “the most important thing about this week is where I came from,” he explained.

“I dropped out [of my first year in school], by definition,” he said. “A few years ago when I came to the Cork Life Centre first, I was in a really bad place.

I was struggling to be in a classroom with even four or five people. The difference in myself now is staggering, and I’m quite proud of it.

Darragh is among almost 59,000 students nationwide who received their Leaving Cert results yesterday.

This year, five students, from Cork, Dublin, Kilkenny, Tipperary, and Galway respectively, all received eight H1s.

One of these students was Michael O’Grady of Christian Brothers College, Cork.

“I did a bit of study every day, but I also made sure to put a bit of time aside when I could to try and take my mind off the stress,” he said.

Michael O’Grady
Michael O’Grady

Nationally, 61 students received seven H1s and 235 received six H1s. A record number of students this year also opted to take the Higher Level maths exam.

First-round offers will be issued by the Central Applications Office (CAO) to students tomorrow — four days earlier than in previous years.

This year will be the first time that offers will not be posted to students. Instead, they will be available on the CAO website from 2pm on August 15. Students will also receive an email and a text message, if they have signed up for this option.

More on this topic

UCD SU say competition for college places at 'alarming level' as points exceed 600UCD SU say competition for college places at 'alarming level' as points exceed 600

Leaving Cert students to receive first CAO offers this afternoonLeaving Cert students to receive first CAO offers this afternoon

Students advised to consider all options before making final CAO decisionStudents advised to consider all options before making final CAO decision

71 Leaving Cert students have results withheld over suspected cheating71 Leaving Cert students have results withheld over suspected cheating

More in this Section

Dublin assault: Man released without chargeDublin assault: Man released without charge

Firefighters battle another blaze in Sunbeam Industrial EstateFirefighters battle another blaze in Sunbeam Industrial Estate

Humphreys mulls over new laws governing work emails outside work hoursHumphreys mulls over new laws governing work emails outside work hours

Students skipping lectures to go to workStudents skipping lectures to go to work


Lifestyle

Frits Potgieter is General Manager with Muckross Park Hotel and Spa.You've Been Served: Frits Potgieter, Muckross Park Hotel and Spa

More From The Irish Examiner