The smiles were broad and there was an extra little pep in the step at Killarney’s three secondary schools this Friday as the Class of 2022 took possession of their Leaving Certificate results and began to map out their immediate plans and, in some instances, their future careers.
There was a certain tension in the air earlier in the morning but a more relaxed atmosphere prevailed as the day wore on with students exchanging hugs and teachers queuing up to congratulate more than happy pupils.
Education Minister and Kerry TD, Norma Foley, visited Killarney Community College, St Brendan’s College and St Brigid’s Presentation to meet and greet the pupils and staff and she was delighted to learn that the performances of many had far exceeded pre-exam expectations.
This year’s grades were artificially boosted by 5.6 per cent to being them into line with last year’s results.
There was a heavy media presence for the minister’s whistle-stop tour of the local schools and, afterwards she travelled on to meet students and staff at Intermediate School Killorglin, Presentation Milltown and Killorglin Community College.
Pictures: Marie Carroll O’Sullivan and Domnick Walsh
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