Exam students more concerned about Ireland match


Students at Larkin Community College in Cathal Brugha Street were among the first to leave exams this morning as they rushed off to watch the Ireland v Germany match after sitting their English Leaving and Junior Cert papers.

Paul Kavanagh, Warren McNelly, Darren O'Brien and Amanda Bruce all found the English Junior Certificate "easy" but were more concerned about the result from the upcoming Irish match and couldn't agree as to whether Robbie Keane or Damien Duff would be scoring the goals. They all agreed that a win, 2-0 to Ireland, is the result they expect.

Exam students (left to right) Paul Kavanagh, Amanda Bruce, Darren O’Brien and Warren McNally outside Larkin Community College after their first exam this morning. Photograph: Alan Cummins

Around 120,000 are students sitting the first of this year’s Leaving and Junior Cert papers today. The latest Department of Education figures show a sharp drop in the numbers taking the Leaving Cert this year compared to previous years. Around 56,800 are to sit the exam, while 61,000 are taking the Junior Cert at over 4,000 centres throughout the State.