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Tomorrow is the big day for Leaving Cert students: The results are officially IN and their time in fresh hell of exams is soon to be over.

With CAO offers coming in on Tuesday, the nerves are bound to be fully shredded by the end of the week. 

What can one do to distract oneself from the horror of exam results? Have a cheeky Nando's, of course, but on the house.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Celebrate or commiserate with Nando's for free, if you bring your results (via paper, email or text) and a valid form of ID into one of their restaurants you can get your Peri-Peri reward.

The free lunch is available for students in the UK and Ireland on the relevant exam results day.

The special Nando's offer is a free quarter chicken or fire-starter menu item, so you don't want to miss it.

The offer runs on Tuesday, August 13 for Leaving Cert students, as well as a September date for the Junior Cert kids.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Who doesn't want free food in exchange for the pain of examinations? The only catch is that yoou have to make a minimum spend of €7 to get the free delicious chicken.

That's definitely manageable. A whole Nando's meal with sides and a drink is normally around €20, so €7 seems like a steal.

Check a full list of all the chain's restaurants here, as well as the offer's terms and conditions. Good luck to everyone getting their results tomorrow, you'll have forgotten them in a few months!

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The wait for tens of thousands of students all over the country anticipating their Junior Cert results is drawing to a close. 

Today, 62,000 students will receive their results from their first set of State Examinations. 

Most students will receive a copy of their results this afternoon. 

This is the first year that a new method of assessment is being measured in the Junior Cycle.

The new Framework for Junior Cycle has been applied to English this year. 

There will no longer be the typical alphanumeric grading system of A, B or C, students will instead receive a grade descriptor such as Distinction on Merit. 

This mark will be a combination of continuous assessments throughout the school year and a written exam.  

Four students will be receiving 12 As today.  

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Getting your Leaving Cert results has to be one of the most nerve wracking experiences of your life, and while we don't condone eating your feelings, this sweet Leaving Cert deal is well worth a mention.

Seeing as we completed our Leaving Cert a longer period of time ago than we'd care to admit, this news from famous chicken restaurant Nandos has us a tad jealous.

If you are accepting your exam results this Wednesday, then Nandos wants to give you a complimentary 1/4 chicken or firestarter. 

All you have to do is show your school I.D and results, and make a minimum spend of €7.00. 

However, you have to get in there on Results Day, as the offer is only open tomorrow.

'Offer is open to students who are legal residents of Republic of Ireland,' reads the Nandos blog.

'Visit us on August 16, 2017 with your Leaving Cert results and your ID and make a minimum spend of €7.'

'Leaving Cert results need to have been received 2017.'

May the odds ever be in your favour, for both the exams and pursuits of fried chicken. 

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As many students await their leaving certificate results in the morning, many pubs and nightclubs are facing backlash as they promote shockingly cheap alcohol deals.

With prices as low as €2 for shots, venues are proudly advertising their results night events boasting the good value.

With alcohol awareness charities highlighting the dangers of such deals because of the ever growing pre-drinking culture in Ireland, they are asking venues to be vigilant when it comes to admitting underage teens.

Some of those venues include Wrights Café Bar in Malahide which is advertising €2 drinks on the night as well as Dicey’s Garden on Harcourt Street which defends its low prices by saying they always do cheap drinks on Wednesdays.

Alcohol Action Ireland has criticised this type of advertisement saying that it is a bad example for young people.

"These cheap promotions are really just irresponsible. They're targeting young people and promoting exactly the type of drinking that puts them in danger," they told The Independent

"It's very easy for the message 'drink responsibly' to be drowned out by all these promotions and adverts encouraging students to binge drink.”

"No one is saying that these young people don't deserve to let off some steam after what's been a very stressful period. But as we know with events like these – and, honestly, every weekend – a lot of young Irish people come to harm because of alcohol.

"This week is an emotional time for children, and especially if they didn't do as well as they wanted, so throwing alcohol into the mix wouldn't help matters."

 

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Ever wonder at what age you'll be considered too old to do the things you love?  Well the results of a newly published British survey are here to tell you just that.

Last month Retiresavvy surveyed 2,000 British people to discover their attitudes towards aging and the results they obtained are pretty grim by all accounts.

“Wearing skinny jeans is not acceptable after you turn 47,” reports the retirement planning website, and once you hit 40 “going on a lads’ or girls’ holiday is out if the question”.

The survey revealed that having a favourite boyband and using text talk isn’t acceptable past 36, while getting tattoos and piercings are activities which should be reserved for those under 38 (we wonder what Dame Judi Dench and her new tat would think of that).

To put the results into context: 37-year-old Kate Hudson might be young enough to bare her bum on Insta but is too old to like boybands, 41-year-old Angelina Jolie can wow on any red carpet but is too old to go on holiday with her friends and 47-year-old Jennifer Anistion can still rock a bikini but needs to reconsider her jean collection.

In some non-ageist news, social media is supposedly acceptable at any age so at least you can Tweet away your anger about not being allowed wear skinny jeans into your fifties.

And thankfully women are more likely than men to reject the stereotypes of old age so hopefully those who are rocking their skinnies, tattoos and One Direction tees will happily continue to do so despite the survey’s findings. 

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On the night of April 24th 2016, the population of the State was recorded at 4,757,976 – a 3.7 percent increase since the 2011 census.

With the first results of the census released today, results show an increase of 169,724 people over the past five years, with 978 males per 1,000 females.

It has been established that the nation’s fastest growing areas were the four administrative areas of Dublin, along with the commuter belt counties of Meath, Kildare and Laois and the cities of Cork and Galway.

In addition to this, the 27th census also indicates a 3% increase in the number of occupied households since 2011 while the number of vacant dwellings has fallen by almost 14%.

Records also show that net migration varied widely across Ireland, with a low of -6,731 in Donegal to a high of 7,257 in the capital.

“These preliminary results, published just 12 weeks after census day, are based on a clerical summary of each enumeration area compiled by the 4,663 enumerators,” explained Brendan Murphy, Statistician at the CSO.

“These counts were returned to the CSO in advance of the census forms themselves and the results published today are based on this information," he confirmed. "Scanning and processing of the two million actual census forms is well underway and the first definitive results are due to be published next March, within a year of census day."

The first census was carried out in 1821 and was conducted every ten years until 1946 before beginning a five-year pattern in 1951.

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We all remember that fateful day we got the dreaded Leaving Cert results. The tension, the panic, the relief (hopefully). Here are some memories we all have that day, and some words of wisdom for those getting results today:

1. 'Did you hear there’s gonna be news cameras at the school?!’
There might be a couple of journalists trying to get a few snaps of people hugging and crying. Tell them you got 90 points but you’re hoping for second round medicine.

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2. ‘So … were you happy with your results?"
This is the polite way of saying ‘What did you get?’ Eh…feck off?

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3. ‘Did you hear Sarah’s parents aren’t letting her go out cuz she was 10 points off medicine?’
Rumours will be rampant. Leave people and their points alone.

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4. ‘The institute is actually gonna be graaand next year, loads of people I know are repeating’
Whatever happens, there will be literally hundreds of people who are in the same boat as you. It’s never as bad as it might first appear.

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5. ‘Ok no,no, no, Aoife lost her ticket for tonight, will I get my Mum to call yer man?’
Aoife, don’t worry. You will get in.

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6. ‘Ok, Mark left his ID on the bus so we have to do a passback’
Or you could get your Mum to bring you up to the bouncer? I’m sure she wouldn’t mind.

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7. ‘Here, Katie’s not gonna get past the bouncers in that state and to be honest, I’m not waiting outside for her. It’s my results night too.’
Ah, the loyalty test. If someone hasn’t taken the advice of #5, older siblings are always a good shout to call. Until you get through to someone though, don’t leave anyone alone.

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8. ‘Luke spilt Jager on my dress, I’ve been planning this for months, what the HELL!’
Calm yourself. Soda water.

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9. ‘Oh my God this is like the last time we’ll ever be out together’
No it is simply not. It’s Ireland. You will literally see these people all the time.

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10. ‘FIGHT!’
Keep clear of any fight and try and stay out of them. Inevitable on a night filled with so much emotion but leave it to the bouncers.

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The most amount of students ever – 14,326 – sat the Higher Level Maths exam for their Leaving Cert last June, and today’s results show that they made the right decision!

96% of students got at least a D grade, which means they will be awarded 25 bonus points for taking the higher-level paper. 10% got an A grade, and 72.6% of students got either an A, B, or C – which is on par with results from last year. Only 4% failed the paper.

The subject with the most amount of As was Russian, which is an non-curriculum subject. As for subjects that are on the curriculum, Applied Maths got the most As.

Unfortunately the highest failure rate was in Physics and Chemistry.

76% of students got an A, B or C grade in English at all levels, and 88.8% of students got an A, B or C in Higher Level Irish. 74.9% received and A, B or C in lower level.

In Ordinary Level Maths, 66% of students got an A, B or C.

Some of the top grades include one student who received nine A1s, 12 others who received eight A1s, and 37 who got seven A1s.

Congratulations guys, no matter what you got – you did it! That’s something to be very proud of!

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The most effective way to benefit from your workout is to plan it at the right time. Did you know, exercising at different times during the day can give very different results?

Workout in the morning to lose fat

Running on a treadmill before breakfast helps you to burn off 20% more fat than if you ate your brekkie first.

Exercise after dinner to tone up

Exercise performance greatly improves during the day as muscle strength increases and your coordination is better. This means that you will be able to push yourself that little bit further.

 Early evening is perfect to prevent any injuries

If you are prone to injuries while you exercise such as pulled muscles, soreness or sprained limbs the best time for you to do your workout is in the early evening. This is because your core temperature is at its peak and you won’t be as vulnerable to strains or injuries.

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