It proved to be a thoroughly momentous day for one family in Cork City as triplet brothers each managed to achieve over 600 points in their Leaving Certificate.

Daniel, Cian and Adam O'Reilly from Ballincollig - students at Coláiste an Sprioraid Naoimh in Bishopstown - hope to study separate disciplines at University College Cork.

Daniel, who achieved a maximum of 625 points, hopes to pursue Engineering at UCC.

Cian and Adam, who secured 601 points apiece, hope to study Commerce and Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) respectively.

Brenda Moriarty, Principal of Coláiste na Spioraid Naoimh, praised the brothers for their "exceptional efforts in what was an exceptional year".

She also paid tribute to students and teachers at the school for their support and dedication in adjusting to the challenges brought about by ongoing Covid restrictions.

The triplets all opted to pursue the traditional exam route along with the accredited grades system.

Up to 60% of students chose to sit the exams and receive accredited grades this year, with students receiving whichever grade is higher in the calculation of their results.

Daniel, Cian and Adam paid tribute to their teachers at Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh for supporting them in their studies in class, and while studying at home online during lockdown.

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Choice of assessed grades or exams is unique to Ireland