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Japanese chat up line a Cert winner

A teenager who began teaching himself Japanese just three years ago to talk to a girl in his class was among the top achievers in this year's Leaving Cert results.

Ruadhan Treacy was one of ten star students who secured eight A1s in the State exam.

And the 18-year-old, from Newtown School in Waterford city, admitted he only took up the language in the third year to speak to a girl in school.

"I don't really remember why I took up Japanese," he said.

"There was a Japanese girl in my year in school and I think I was looking up something in Japanese to say to her."

Ruadhan went on holiday to Japan and China before deciding to take it as a Leaving Cert option - teaching himself at home from a text book as the subject was not taught in his school.

He now plans to go on to study business and Japanese in Manchester.

Another A1 student, Stephen O'Brien, from Ballinlough in Cork, was so nervous about collecting his results from Colaiste Chriost Ri he could not sleep last night.

"My aim all year was just to get into medicine in University College Cork, so anything else is a bonus," he said.

"I studied consistently from September and there was no cramming until 4am. But I still went training two to three times a week with the GAA."

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