Nervous Athlone student Cenna Meehan was waiting for the moment that would decide the next four years of her young life.

That was the arrival of a text from the CAO revealing whether or not she had got her first choice for Third Level - the Maths & Computer Science course Education at Galway university.

Ceanna spoke to RTÉ News around 2pm - just as the results were due to be sent out to thousands of hopeful students around Ireland.

Suddenly there was a "ping!" and she reached for her phone.

Fortunately, it was good news for the Leaving Cert student from Athlone Community College.

"I got it! I got it!" said an overjoyed Ceanna as she read the text. With just one click, she had accepted a place on her dream course.

With 420 points in the bag, she ended up with more than enough for the Maths & Computer Science in Education degree. At 401 points, it remained the same as last year.

Another happy student was Conor Henry, also from Athlone Community College. He logged onto his laptop to read the good news: he had won a place at Tralee Institute of Technology to study Wildlife Biology.

"I was really worried because there are only 12 places on the course," he admitted. "I got 388 points and it only went up one point this year to 313. I am so happy right now."

Edward Clarke from Marist College, Athlone, also got his first choice from the CAO - a place at Trinity College, Dublin to study Mathematics. 

"Points actually dropped for the course," he explained. "It is down to the level it was two years ago at 566 points."

Edward got 625 points in the Leaving Cert and - thanks to that much-celebrated CAO text - can now look forward to new adventures at university.