Shane Kelly led the first roll of honour at Gaelcholáiste Luimní with 8 As.
He and 30 others were the first Leaving Cert graduates at the all-Irish school, which opened at Sir Harry’s Mall in 2006.
In Bruff the celebrations were tinged with sadness as Sr Geraldine Lennon had the task of locking up at the FCJ Ard Schoil Mhuire, which has been the core of education in Co Limerick for more than 150 years.
But there was one binding emotion at both schools: the satisfaction of a job well done.
Shane Kelly, 17, who lives at Old Cratloe Road, said: “I plan to do medicine at UCC. I skipped transition year and my younger brother Richard, 12, starts here in first year on Friday. The education we got here was second to none and the principal, Donncha Ó Treasaigh was the most dedicated man and fantastic school principal. We feel very honoured to be the first group of Leaving Cert students to graduate.”
Deputy principal Sinéad Ní Chiardha said they were absolutely delighted with their results. She said: “We could not have asked for more. A huge percentage got over 450 points and eight received over 500 points. They are a very unique group in that they put their trust in us when the school opened in 2006 without knowing what the future would hold and they have today been very well rewarded.
“All the time and commitment of our 34 teaching staff and the students has paid off.”
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