Four of the nine pupils with eight higher level A1s went to schools in Cork.
Niamh Buttimer studied at Mount Mercy, Model Farm Rd, Denis O’Sullivan took his exams at Coláiste an Spioraid Naomh in Bishopstown, while Darragh Connell was a student of St Francis Capuchin College in Rochestown, and Eibhlín Lonergan studied at Loreto Convent, Fermoy.
Vicky Moynihan studied at Presentation Secondary School, Miltown, Co Kerry. The four others studied at St Killian’s German College, Dublin; Dominican College, Galway; St Vincent’s Secondary School, Dundalk; and Kilrush Community School, Co Clare.
Community schools also showed they are more than a match for private, fee-paying establishments with Gorey taking top marks, followed by Kilrush Community School in Co Clare on eight A1s and Blackwater Community School in Lismore on seven.
Diarmuid Ó Mathúna, principal of St Francis Capuchin College in Rochestown, Cork, was full of praise for Darragh Connell who was awarded eight A1s. “I am not surprised because, not only is he very gifted, but he also worked hard,” he said.
He was also very pleased with the school’s overall results. “Our numbers have grown and grades and results have grown in proportion,” he said.
Darragh, from Frankfield, Douglas, did not expect to do so well. “I did study hard but I made a few blunders in French so I was surprised at the result.”
Marie Ring, principal of Loreto secondary school in Fermoy, was delighted for Eibhlín Lonergan who was celebrating her eight A1s. “We are very proud of her. She is a very unassuming girl and also a talented musician.”
Ms Ring had another reason to celebrate when she and her husband, Denis, learned that their son, John, a student at Blackwater Community School in Lismore, Co Waterford, got seven A1s.
“We are having a great day,” said Denis. “As a state community school, the results are particularly gratifying as they are what you would normally associate with Pres and Christians and the voluntary secondary school sector.”
In the past decade, Blackwater has amassed a haul of sporting trophies, winning two all-Irelands in hurling, two in camogie, three in volleyball, three in drama and one in ladies soccer, as well as notable achievements in the Young Scientists competition, the Enterprise awards, and the Unesco competition.