Exceptionally good results in Portarlington

A total of 147 students sat the Leaving Cert in Coláiste Íosagáin, including 16 LC applied students. Their hard work paid off last Wednesday.

A total of 147 students sat the Leaving Cert in Coláiste Íosagáin, including 16 LC applied students. Their hard work paid off last Wednesday.

Principal Seamus Bennett reported that more than 15 students got over 500 points.

He chose not to reveal the name of the top scoring student, a girl who got 585 points and hopes to do dentistry.

He was delighted with the high grades.

“It was a very good year, they did exceptionally well.

“They left extremely happy. It is a credit to their teachers as well,” he said.

The tension was even higher than usual on results day for Principal Bennett, as the Mountrath man’s own daughter Niamh got her results from Mountrath CS.

“She did very well, I am delighted for her.

“She is hoping to study science in Trinity so hopefully she has her place now,” he said.

Principal Bennett shared the national concerns over the chemistry exam.

“It is quite hard to get high grades, but having said that,

“I am pleased with the grades my students got, particularly in biology, French, English and geography,” he said.

It is 13 years since the amalgamation of the girls’ and boys’ secondary schools.

“The top students would mostly be girls, but I am extremely pleased with how our lads got on.

They mix more now, with girls doing construction and boys doing home ec,” said Mr Bennett.

In Portarlington Adult Education Centre on Bracklone Street, director Margaret Morrin was as thrilled as her 21 Leaving Cert students who had returned to education and gained good results.

“ I was delighted for them all, it takes a huge effort to come back and be so focused,” she said.

Deborah Keogh in her 20’s worked as she studied, and secured a place in St Pat’s Carlow for a BA in social care.

The centre is home to Laois’ only third level college, which offers 22 courses. Established in 2003, the Centre is dedicated to providing adults with further or second chance education and training opportunities.