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Student gets garda escort to Leaving Cert exam after missing his bus

He arrived with four minutes to spare.

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IAN FITZHENRY LEFT his house ten minutes earlier than usual yesterday morning to make sure he was in time for his English Paper 1 exam.

He said he “left the house extra early because I knew that the bus was early the morning before”.

Speaking on the John Murray Show, Ian recalled texting his sister asking her to check if the bus was still running when there was no sign of it. She was asleep and didn’t reply.

“That’s when I kind of started to panic,” Ian said.

The Limerick student tried to contact his mother and his other siblings but they were all at work or in bed. Eventually, he got through to his brother Gary who said he’d pay for a taxi.

The car arrived at about ten past nine, twenty minutes before the exam was due to start.

The taxi driver said he’d do his best to get Ian to CBS Sexton Street on time, but traffic was quite heavy.

While on the way, a garda car appeared on the road behind them.

The driver knew he wouldn’t make it on time so flagged down the guard, who agreed to give them an escort.

Once we just got to the start of Raheen the guard turned on the lights and took us the whole way through Raheen. I was looking at the clock on my phone and I was like ‘I hope I make it on time’.

Ian got to the school four minutes to spare.

He said it was his “first time ever being late to anything in CBS”, adding he found it “fairly funny” he had to get a Garda escort.

As for the exam itself, Ian said it “went grand”.

He got the bus to school again today, but left his house a lot earlier.

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