The Leaving Cert diarists from Adamstown Community School: Evelina Siaulyte, Natalia Staroscinska, Henry Kareem, Muntaz Rostam, Emily Kane, Keith Coffey. Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

It was to be a model town. Adamstown, at the edge of the Dublin-Kildare border, was hailed as a well-planned new community where families and young p(...)