Don’t stop believing

We kept a closer eye than usual on this year’s Leaving Cert results, along with the subsequent first round of CAO offers published on Monday morning.

It’s always a compelling moment – the anxiety, the outpouring of joy, the promise of so many brilliant careers – but this year we’ve been working with Cistercian College Roscrea, so our interest was of the vested variety.

The boys did well.

Hardly surprising at a school where one in three Leaving Cert students typically receive more than 500 points each year – a testament in itself to the balance of academic  achievement and holistic education for which ‘Roscrea’ is renowned.

Among the many excellent results at the midlands boarding school, however, one stood out.

Matthew Kavanagh (18) was just one of 12 students in Ireland to achieve eight A1s in this year’s Leaving, racking up the highest grade in English, Irish, Maths, German, Chemistry, Biology, Accounting and Economics.

Take a bow!

Matthew’s achievement is all the more mind-boggling in the context of his extra-curricular activities: he captained his school to the North Leinster Hurling Final and was also on the winning team (naturally) in the 2013 All Ireland German Debating competition.

“Matthew has been an all-round student in terms of academia as well as music and sport, and his outstanding results reflect the hard work put in not only by the student himself but also his teaching staff