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Mercy Secondary Ballymahon Student Receives 12As in Junior Cert

There was plenty of excitement across the county this morning, as news broke that one student had received 12As in the 2014 Junior Certificate Examinations.

A student of Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon, Emma Donohoe, daughter of Annie and Paul, is one of just four students nationwide to achieve such a feat.

“It’s absolutely fantastic,” said Principal Josephine Donohue. “We’re thrilled for her.”

High achiever Emma Donohoe didn't expect 12 A's when she joined the queue for her Junior Cert Results at Mercy Secondary School Ballymahon, Co Longford.

“It hasn’t sunk in at all, it’s completely surreal,” said Emma (15), from Carrickboy, Co Longford. “My principal was smiling when she handed me the envelope, she didn’t give anything away but I was delighted afterwards.”

The transition year student and talented basketball player doesn’t know what she will go on to study but is very grateful to the school and has high hopes for her Leaving Cert.

School Principal Josephine Donohue described Emma as an “excellent student” and “a very modest all-rounder.”

“We are absolutely thrilled for Emma and her family, she’s a great girl and the world is her oyster”, she said.

Tonight Emma, the eldest of three, will celebrate with a family dinner and a disco afterwards with her classmates in Carrick-on-Shannon.

“My three best friends are coming over to get ready and we having a sleep over tonight, I’m going to make the most of it”, she said.

Emma’s mother Annie Donohoe expressed her, and husband Paul’s, pride in their daughter’s achievement.

“We are very proud of her, she is a hard worker and always had a love of learning”, she said.