A1 performance

"I was just so over the moon" - Here's how it feels to get 8 A1s in the Leaving Cert

Six students received eight A1s in this year’s examinations.

THE LEAVING CERT results are in and for students across the country the wait is finally over.

Tens of thousands of students across Ireland will have checked their results by now, and people will be feeling one way or another about how they did.

But for one small group of high-achievers today’s results will be the ultimate validation of all the hard work they put in.

Six students received 8 higher-level A1s in their Leaving Certificate examinations this year, putting them at the top of the results pile.

The six top students come from schools around the country and are definitely feeling happy with themselves today.

The schools the students attended are:

  • Gonzaga College (Dublin)
  • Loreto College St Stephen’s Green (Dublin)
  • Coláiste Eoin (Dublin)
  • Regina Mundi College (Cork)
  • Mount St Michael’s (Mayo)
  • Ballinrobe Community School (Mayo)

“I was just so over the moon”

One student who received the top result is Emma Louse Ruane from Mount St Michael’s school in Mayo.

Speaking to, Emma Louise said she was delighted that the work she had put in had paid off.

“I was overwhelmed when I opened the envelope… I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

“I was just so over the moon that all my hard work had paid off.

It’s such a surreal experience.

Emma Louise said that she had worked hard over the past two years to get the results she needed.

“Obviously I was hoping to do the best I could do but it’s not always easy to do as well as you want,” she said.

I was always a hard worker and I’m just glad it all came together in the end.

Emma Louise got top marks in eight subjects for a combined 825 point in her Leaving Cert.

The subjects she took were English, Irish, French, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Accounting, Economics.

So, what’s the next in the quest for world domination?

“Number one on my list is MSISS – it’s a course in Trinity,” said Emma Louise.

MSISS stands for Management Science and Information Systems Studies and is a bit of maths and business and computers all thrown together.

Last year’s points were 555 for the course so Emma Louise needed to score high to get accepted.

She can be reasonably confident that she’ll be offered a place on the course when the first round of offers are sent out on Monday.

It’s not all about work, though, and Emma Louise said she was sure to get some social time in and keep up her hobbies throughout the year.

“I still socialised throughout the year. I met with friends, and music is big part of my life so I listened every day and I played piano and I like to sing as well,” she said.

For Emma Louise and students up and down the country, they’re certainly glad the wait is finally over.

Read: Increase in Maths fails and fewer A1s overall: Here’s how students got on with the Leaving Cert

Read: Can We Guess How Many Points You Got In Your Leaving Cert?

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