Twins get identical results

TWINS Hayley and Nicola Moore were forced to do a double take when they collected their Leaving Certificate results yesterday.

Not only did the Kerry students secure 555 points each, they got the same grades in the same subjects.

And now they are looking forward to registering for the same four-year occupational therapy course at University College Cork.

The 19-year-old students at Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School, Tralee, said they were pleasantly surprised with their results.

“We didn’t expect to get that number of points. We were just hoping to get enough points for our course, but it’s great. We’re delighted,” said Nicola.

The daughters of John and Gemma Moore from Kilfenora in Fenit got A1 grades in accounting and business and A2 grades in Irish, English and biology.

The students were described as brilliant all-rounders by principal John O’Roarke. “What they’ve achieved is extraordinary. They’ve been very dedicated, hard-working students. They put a huge amount of energy into their lives in the school,” he said.

It was also a case of double delight for twins Jennifer and Keith Carron from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, who netted a combined 1,190 points.

“I’m really, really happy, I can’t believe it,” a stunned Jennifer said after she received a flawless 600 points. “I was so scared before I went in, I don’t know how to explain it. Then I ran up to my mum, who was waiting in the car and tried calling dad, who wasn’t answering his phone,” she said.

Her amazing six A1s were the outcome of some tough months, although her brother’s laid-back attitude throughout kept her calm. “I honestly cannot remember it all; it felt like forever when I was studying.”

They were just some of the high achievers among almost 57,500 students who got Leaving Cert results, including Rory Crotty, who achieved nine higher level A1s at Christian Brothers College in Cork City.

And Limerick teenager John Collison was feeling a million dollars again as one of 11 students with A1s in eight higher level subjects, 17 months after he and older brother Patrick sold internet company Auctomatic for €3.2 million.

* The National Parents Council Post-Primary Exam Helpline is open from 10am to 6pm at 1800-265165 for advice on college courses, points calculation, exam rechecks and appeals.

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