Niamh McTiernan: ‘I’ve just started a new job at GTI so I have finished up with nursing.’

I didn’t get the points for nursing when I did the Leaving Cert in 2005. I was only 17, and I was disappointed because I always wanted to be a nurse. (...)

‘I wouldn’t be where I am without the PLC,’ says student Niamh Dolan. Photograph: iStock

Did you miss out on the college course you really wanted? Or perhaps you’re looking at all the coverage of third-level and deciding it might not be fo(...)

The school caretaker had placed a statue of the Virgin Mary on a May altar. Photograph: iStock

A school caretaker called a teacher a “disgrace” as he attempted to remove a statue of the Virgin Mary from the main entrance. In the altercation on (...)

Sarcoidosis: my scan showed I had some scarring and what the consultant called nodules, near the base of both lungs. File photograph: Science Source/Getty

I had pneumonia in May 2005. It hit me in the lead-up to mine and Susan’s wedding. It wasn’t helped by the fact that, until a doctor told me to lie do(...)

Leaving cert diary: Coláiste Éinde Galway Leaving Certificate students, from left:  Muireann O’Reilly, Evan Murphy, Ciara Kilbane, Lauren Conway, Osas Aghabueze-Ayo and Tom Crumlish. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The last two years have been a long slog for the thousands of Leaving Cert students who picked up their results earlier this month. But for most of ou(...)