Dunshaughlin diarists: from left Linda McCormack, Stuart Bridgett, Catherine Vance, Sarah Keane, Aaron gilmartin and Albert Wilkinson. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
The moment of truth . . .

‘How many points did you get?” “Did you hear about the fella who studied the biology course by himself in 12 weeks and got 9 A1s?” “Will you get your (...)

From left: Aaron Gilmartin, Albert Wilkinson, Stuart Bridgett, Linda McCormack, Catherine Vance and Sarah Keane. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

That pivotal moment – opening an envelope – is burdened by choices. Do you take your results out to your family and open them in the relative privacy (...)

From left: Aaron Gilmartin, Albert Wilkinson, Stuart Bridgett, Linda McCormack, Catherine Vance and Sarah Keane. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

That pivotal moment – opening an envelope – is burdened by choices. Do you take your results out to your family and open them in the relative privacy (...)

The walls are coming down. I stand up from my desk and rip down the notes from above it. Irish: done. I gleefully tear at the Sellotape, scrunch the p(...)

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that: A. You should never start an essay like this and B. the build-up is always worse than the reality. (Unless(...)

ExamWatchers video: Catherine Vance on English Paper 1

In the first of our video diaries, Catherine Vance from Dunshaughlin Community College gives her verdict on Leaving Cert day one

The Exam Squad: Leaving Certificate students at Dunshaughlin Community College, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath. From left; Linda McCormack, Stuart Bridgett, Catherine Vance, Sarah Keane, Aaron Gilmartin and Albert Wilkinson.Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin casts a long shadow over Dunshaughlin Community College in Co Meath. Rising property prices during the boom led many of the students’ parents (...)