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Triplets scoop 23 GCSEs

By John Mulgrew

The McHenry triplets ensured their parents were beaming with pride after walking away with a haul of 23 GCSEs at Grade B or better.

The 16-year-olds from Cushendun are no strangers to the limelight as the Belfast Telegraph has followed their journey from the moment they arrived at Antrim Area Hospital to their first day at St Ciaran’s Primary School.

But now Charlie, Frank and Christie have finished the most important exams of their lives at St Killian’s College in Carnlough — boasting four A*s and five As.

Mum Oonagh said she was overwhelmed and “unbelievably proud” of her three boys.

“I’m very proud that they have done so well. They are all out working with sheep today and are already back working with with their uncle,” she added.

“They phoned up the school this morning — they were really excited and just so pleased.”

And the pressure was on the brothers — with three older sisters having already achieved top results at university and A-Level.

Pictured in the Belfast Telegraph five years ago on their first day of secondary school with their crisp new purple blazers — the triplets are now going their separate ways.

“Two are hoping to go back, but Christie is going to Greenmount College to do land-based engineering,” said Oonagh.

“Frank is hoping to study maths, business and IT and Charlie, IT, business and construction.

“They are very happy with what they have achieved.

“It’s quite difficult to get the three of them studying at the same time — they were studying by themselves.”

As for the group heading off along different academic paths, Oonagh said the boys will do fine.

“They are all very close and also with their sisters,” she said. “I never thought I would see them get this far — it has flown in so quickly.”

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