Belfast Telegraph

Swimmer has no exam result nerves

Silver medallist swimmer Grainne Murphy showed no sign of Leaving Cert results nerves as she returned home to a hero's welcome.

The 17-year-old was greeted with tricolours and cheers after touching down in Dublin fresh from success at the European Swimming Championships.

And while thousands of fellow students anxiously await their exam grades on Wednesday, a beaming Grainne revealed her big result was already in the bag.

"I have two weeks of my summer break ahead of me. I'm going to relax as much as I can," she said.

"It's really just going in and seeing how I've done in my subjects - I've still got half of it to do next year."

The swimming star scooped silver in the 1,500m freestyle in Budapest on Saturday - just two days after narrowly missing out on bronze in the 800m freestyle final.

She was greeted at Dublin Airport by a large crowd of flag-waving cousins, aunts and uncles from her home village of Ballinaboola in Co Wexford.

Grainne, who was accompanied on her trip to Hungary by proud parents Brendan and Mary, is already being touted for success at the 2012 Olympics.

But the teenager insisted it was too early to discuss the London Games.

"Saturday was just amazing. Everybody was really supportive and to have the support of the whole crowd there was just something else," she added.

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