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  • Northside West

Making his points

Monday, 20th August, 2018 8:00am

Story by Jack Gleeson
Making his points

Cian Murphy with his excellent results.

Making his points

Cian Murphy with his excellent results.

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A STUDENT from Santry was the pride of his local school last week after being awarded the maximum 625 points in his Leaving Cert.

Cian Murphy of St Aidan’s CBS Whitehall was one of 13,805 students in Dublin who sat their Leaving Cert this year, but few matched his results.

The 17-year-old now plans to study actuarial mathematics in DCU, but last week he was just enjoying his success with family.

“We had the whole family up celebrating and the champagne was flowing,” Cian’s proud mum Lisa said.

“Obviously we know he’s a clever boy but we never put any pressure on him. We just wanted him to do his best.

“He taught himself actuarial maths over the past year because he wants to become an actuary.

“We’re bringing him out for a meal to celebrate, but he’s just asking what all the fuss is about!”

St Aidan’s teacher Alan O’Neill described Cian as a “fantastic all-round guy” who plays hurling and football for local GAA club Whitehall Colmcille.

“He’s also on the student council and he studies hard,” O’Neill continued.

“He’s a cool guy and he just had a wry smile on his face when he was collecting the results, but he was over the moon. I think his mum was more happy than he was!”

It was a good year for the St Aidan’s CBS Class of ’18 with over 20 scoring more than 500 points.

“We’re very pound of our students this year,” said O’Neill. “They were a particularly good group of lads.”

O’Neill is confident the school’s Leaving Cert students will all find success no matter what their results.

“There’s something out there for them all,” he said. “I always say to the lads, I’ve been in St Aidan’s for nearly 20 years and I’ve never seen a lad go wrong. They all find their niche somewhere, somehow. 

“Just persevere and look at all the options. There are lots of choices, with PLC courses, repeat courses and jobs. There are plenty of ways to get to where you want to go.”

Cian with pround mum Lisa and St Aidan’s principal, Tom Shannon.

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