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Teenager who slept rough in Phoenix Park gets 7 honours in Junior Cert

Carlos Wolfe studied while staying in temporary accommodation, and sleeping rough in the park and in a hospital waiting room.

The west Dublin skyline seen from the Phoenix Park.
The west Dublin skyline seen from the Phoenix Park.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

TEENAGER CARLOS WOLFE – who spent weeks sleeping rough in the Phoenix Park and at the Mater A&E earlier this summer – received his Junior Cert results today.

The 15-year-old – whose story gained national attention after he spoke to Liveline – got seven honours and three passes he told Joe Duffy today in the latest edition of the call-in show.

He and his mother Lorraine – who suffers from Crohn’s disease – initially spoke to the show in August.

Speaking to Duffy today, Lorraine said she was still waiting to hear about housing for herself and her son and that she was hoping to go into hospital soon for an operation.

Carlos studied for his exams while he was living in temporary accommodation and sleeping rough. 

He said he was happy with how he’d done after spending so much time studying ”cooked up in a hotel room”.

“I got the results at half twelve and I walked out to my ma, and me and my ma opened them together,” he said.

“I wanted my ma to see what I got.”

They were both delighted with the results, he said. Lorraine told Duffy the pair were going out for a meal tonight, and that Carlos planned to celebrate at a friend’s later.

The teenager started fifth year this month.

Originally published 6.19pm

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