ONE of the 55,708 students to receive their Leaving Certificate results today was Offaly Rose Emma Kirwan. Emma, from Killeigh, Co Offaly, opened her results ahead of taking to the stage in the first of the qualifying selection nights at the Festival Dome in Tralee.
The 18-year-old, who hopes to study aeronautical engineering with a view to becoming an Air Corps cadet, had her results hand-delivered by her mother and father.
Emma had to wait until 2.30pm to find out the all-important grades when he parents Grainne and Paddy arrived in Tralee. “My dad’s a bit of a slow driver,” she joked. “I was nervous, mainly about maths, it was a borderline subject for me – whether to stay in higher and ordinary level, and I did higher level, and thankfully it paid off for me.”
She added: “I had surprises in a few of my subjects. English was another one, I got an A2 in English which I was shocked by, that’s crazy for me."
Emma's choice of aeronautical engineering is available in either the University of Limerick or Carlow IT.
“I’m speechless now. I wasn’t under a huge amount of pressure, I had to get 380 or 450 points – they could increase or decrease depending on the CAO but I think I’m safe,” she said.
Emma will be interviewed by Daithí O Se tonight on stage in the Dome in Tralee.
As for nerves about the results, Emma said her participation in the Rose of Tralee International Festival is “a great distraction”.
“Last night we were all quite tired after we met all of the escorts. I got into bed and conked straight away. I was up at 6.30am thinking ‘oh today is the day’,” she said.
Offaly Rose Emma Kirwan is congratulated on her Leaving Cert results by the Melbourne Rose Meghan Griffin and the Kerry Rose Danielle O'Sullivan. PICTURE: DOMNICK WALSH
Comedy drama ready for the stage
By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]
By Michelle Crean
Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.
What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.
The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.
Teens theory is a national winner
Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water. Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth […]
Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water.
Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth Year students from Killarney Community College, were named SciFest STEM Champions 2022 for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem.
The national finals of SciFest Ireland were held at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin last Friday and they were attended by finalists from across Ireland.
The amazing trio will now go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) which will be held in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.
The students secured their place at the national final after they won the overall prize at the SciFest regional competition at MTU Kerry in May this year.
Their project takes possibly one of the most well-known theorems that everyone remembers from school, Pythagoras’ Theorem. It provides an alternate proof of it, while also highlighting how right-angled triangles naturally provide a link between two coordinate systems and how this special case can naturally recreate the Pythagorean Theorem.
Supported by Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific, SciFest was set up 17 years ago by Sheila Porter and her husband George.
It is the largest, most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students in Ireland.
“The aim of SciFest has always been to develop a love of STEM and of inquiry-based learning and every year it is refreshing to see how the students of today continue to love and enjoy immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths,” Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said.
“As SciFest grows each year, we grow more excited to see what new experiments and technologies are thought of and created. This year, students have shown incredible innovation in how STEM can make a positive impact on society, with initiatives in farming, space exploration and healthcare.”
Each year SciFest awards a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ and this year Máire Spillane was the recipient for her work with Luke, Rachel and Liam. She accompanied them to both finals and could not be prouder of this huge achievement at national level.
Killarney Community College held a whole school assembly to congratulate the SciFest champions in school and the SciFest STEM Champions 2022 were met with rapturous applause from all students and staff.
Ms Spillane spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and acknowledged the fact that Killarney Community College offers all students the opportunity to study all four of the disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and how our students are encouraged to submit projects every year into SciFest. It may be a competition run by science teachers, but in KCC cross-curricular co-operation by teachers of all subjects, is practiced on a daily basis.
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