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Monday 18 December 2017

Lots of nerves at exam centres

ANNE MARIE O'CONNOR

'IT WAS grand,' said Shannon Fanning from Cromwellsfort.

The Presentation sixth year had just emerged from her first nail-biting Leaving Cert paper with a 'piece of cake' shrug of her shoulders. The green uniformed girl did shyly admit, however, that she had been ' kinda nervous' earlier in the day. But her butterflies were unnecessary. 'It was grand in the end,' she said.

Her friend and neighbour Fiona Miller felt similar. 'I was a nervous wreck all week, but it was not as bad as I thought it would be. The essay titles were good,' she said of English Paper I.

Kerri Murphy from Bree was also thrilled with the start she made on her exams.

'It was good, easy. I was nervous going in, but I'm more nervous about the next one – home economics,' she shuddered.

The Pres girl also admitted to cracking down to hard work in the run up to the exams. 'I had been studying for the last few weeks,' she said.

Over in Wexford CBS, Dean Roche from Westlands was relieved when the first test was through. 'I was kinda nervous going in but it was grand. I didn't sleep well last night though,' he said.

Ashley Houghton from McClure Meadows was also pleased with his first exam. 'It will get harder tomorrow. I'm dreading Irish Paper II and Geography,' he smiled.

Lee Harpur from Ferndale Park was reasonably happy with his first day. 'It was alright. I was nervous going in but it settled down fairly quickly.' Up in St Peter's College it was a much similar story. AJ Lehane from Curracloe said that 'ordinary-level English was easy', although he's not looking forward to other tests. 'I'm dreading Geography. I've been studying hard for it.' Dylan Murphy from Our Lady's Island felt day one was 'grand'. Dylan wants to go to Waterford IT next year. 'One exam down, I'm hopefully on the way there,' he smiled. Séamus Leacy from Glynn had an extra obstacle on the first day of Leaving Cert as he arrived on crutches. 'I just twisted my ankle. It's nothing serious,' he said.

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