“Meditation is very important” – Student who got eight H1s endorses Zen approach

A student who scored an impressive eight H1s on his Leaving Cert has touted meditation as a key factor in overcoming the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic during his undergraduate studies.

Leonardo Motte Reale (18) said he was delighted with his results at the Christian Brothers College (CBC) in Cork. He planned a quiet dinner with his parents to celebrate last night.

He will be spending a night on the town with his friends tonight to celebrate his Leaving Cert results before he starts packing for his study abroad experience.

“I am delighted with my results and now I would like to study economics and German at the University of Warwick in England,” he said.

Leonardo lives in the West Passage in Upper Cork Harbour.

His parents, Fabio and Chiara, moved to Cork from their native Italy over 20 years ago and Leonardo was born and raised on Leeside.

Papa Fabio comes from Naples and Mama Chiara from Como.

Leonardo loves music and is an avid football fan who supports Napoli in Serie A.

“I support them because my father is from Naples,” said Leonardo.

He has already visited Warwick and can’t wait to start his studies at the famous English university just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Leonardo said he was also interested in meditation.

“I think meditation is very important. I found it very helpful for my studies and dealing with any questions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Discovering meditation was really a turning point for me.”

His other passion is music and he is hoping to find time to attend concerts in the UK while studying Warwick.

A second CBC student to score eight H1s was hailed as a true “Renaissance Man” after putting his country ahead of himself for his Leaving Cert scores.

Fergal Desmond (18) had to take his Leaving Cert results abroad as he was representing Ireland in the World Secondary School Debating Championships at Oxford University this week.

The young Cork student won his place on last year’s five-man Irish debating team despite stiff competition.

The student scored an impressive eight H1s on his Leaving Cert – an incredible achievement considering his list of interests and hobbies.

CBC Director David Lordon pointed out that Fergal is not only on the Irish International Schools debating team, but has also won a medal at the International Schools Chemistry Olympiad.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Fergal is also a highly respected musician who is both a talented pianist and violinist.

“He’s a remarkable young man – a true Renaissance man, if you will,” said Mr Lordon.

Former classmates Cathal Murphy (18) from Drumcondra and Jack O’Connell (18) from Portmarnock both received top marks with 625 points.

The couple returned to the Catholic University School (CUS) on Dublin’s Leeson Street to collect their grades.

“I’m over the moon,” Jack said. “I thought I did well when I made them, but you never really know until you open the results.

“I was just glad everyone else seemed very happy with their results as well.”

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