Eighty-one students from 28 primary and secondary schools in Cork have been awarded with certificates for not missing a day at school for at least eight years.

In a tradition dating back to the 1920s, the Lord Mayor of Cork hosted an award ceremony for those who achieved the such significant unbroken school attendance.

Lord Mayor Councillor Tony Fitzgerald welcomed the primary and secondary students and their families at a special ceremony at Cork's City Hall.

Five children were rewarded for the incredible achievement of 13 years’ unbroken attendance and a further three were recognised for never missing a day of school throughout their time in primary and secondary school.

Fifteen-year-old Ciaran McCarthy, a transition student at Terence McSwiney Community School on Cork's northside, has not missed a school day in 11 years.

He says his achievement is down to the support of his family and he hopes to break the record of 13 years set by one of his uncles.

This year ten sets of siblings also received awards, and in one family from Carrigaline three siblings – who between them have a cumulative total of 32 years (5,720 school days) unbroken attendance at school – were recognised.

Speaking at the ceremony, Regional Manager of the Tusla Educational Welfare Service Dan O’ Shea said: "Research has shown again and again that regular school attendance lays the foundation for good relationships and a successful life at work.

"Children who attend school regularly are more likely to stay in school and therefore to be emotionally, financially and socially secure in later life," he added.

Lord Mayor Councillor Tony Fitzgerald recognised the support for students receiving awards, saying: "I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the other people in your lives who made your perfect attendance possible – your schools and your families".

The ceremony is a joint venture of Cork City Council and Tusla’s Educational Welfare Service.