And students anxious to get good grades took to the great outdoors to swot as temperatures soared into the mid-twenties.
2,427 students began sitting the Leaving Cert in the city and county while 2,892 junior certificate students are being put through their academic paces. A further 191 are sitting the Leaving Cert Applied exams.
And figures show that more than one in three students – 37 per cent – got a waiver of exam fees because they come from households where income is low enough to warrant a parent holding a medical card.
Students whose families could afford to pay had to hand over €116 per head to sit the Leaving cert; €109 to sit the junior cert an to repeat the leaving cert a fee of €301 will apply
Meanwhile, the Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, called on the people of the diocese to remember exam students in their prayers .
Bishop Leahy said that while the exams carry great significance for these young people, there is a need for students not to be overburdened by them either.
“There is no doubting the importance of the exams and the leaving cert in particular, in these students lives to date but they are not, and should not be seen as, the ‘be all and end all’. Perhaps there is too much emphasis and pressure on young students around these exams.
“Our prayers and hopes must be that first and foremost their effort over the years pays off and the exams go as well for these young students. If they approach these exams supported by our prayers, in confidence and with a sense of calm, then they are most likely to do well.