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Student with Down syndrome, Eleanor Murray, celebrates 93% Leaving Cert Applied result

She’s now looking forward to starting a third level course next month.

Eleanor Murray with her Mother Elizabeth.
Eleanor Murray with her Mother Elizabeth.

MEATH STUDENT, ELEANOR Murray, is celebrating after a fantastic leaving cert result today.

The 20-year-old from Trim, who has Down syndrome, achieved an overall mark of 93% in her Leaving Certificate Applied.

Eleanor is now looking forward to embarking on a third level course in September.

She told TheJournal.ie that she was thrilled with her results, “I’m really looking forward to starting college in September.”

Eleanor received confirmation this week that she has been accepted on a Sports Management and Coaching Course at Dunboyne Institute of Further Education which starts next month.

The Meath woman is also the only Irish athlete travelling to Mexico for the World Down Syndrome Games later this year where she will compete in swimming.

Her mother, Liz Murray, said: “It is such a fantastic achievement. Eleanor is absolutely over the moon and completely overwhelmed.

Liz thanked the staff at Scoil Mhuire, Trim who she described as “behind Eleanor from day one”.

Every day one of them would come out as I dropped Eleanor off to update me on her progress. I am so proud today. This is a great day.

Pat Clarke is the Chief Executive of Down Syndrome Ireland, he said: “This is an absolutely remarkable achievement by Eleanor and we would like to congratulate her and offer her the very best of luck for commencing college in September.

A person with Down Syndrome wants to be employed and to live independently – and with the right supports and college courses each and every one of them can fulfil their potential.

Eleanor was voted TV3’s Local Legend 2014 after being nominated by her colleagues at the Aura Leisure Centre in Trim where she works part-time for the inspirational role she plays in the community.

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