Going back to school is a one in ten thousand year event for Glanmire Community College today – with the intake of seven sets of twins into its first-year class for the second year in a row.
Statistically, the odds of the school taking in seven sets of twins two years in succession is 10,000/1. Teachers at Glanmire Community College (GCC) are no strangers to teaching twins. The seven sets of twins starting first year today will be joining the 27 sets of twins and one set of triplets, already in the school.
Principal, Ronan McCarthy said: “It is with great pleasure we welcome our new incoming first-year students to Glanmire Community College. On this defining day for our students and their families, I know you will join me in wishing them well as they begin their journey of learning in GCC.
“In particular, and for the second year in succession, we welcome seven sets of twins into our first-year group, which is a one in 300 generations occurrence. Though there is much that they may share, we look forward to developing their many talents and meeting their unique and individual needs”.
The incoming twins come from five separate schools in Cork and have a wide variety of interests from magic, to Irish dancing, to hurling.
The Bowmans went to Watergrasshill NS, with Heather favouring Irish dancing and reading, and brother Ethan having interests in hurling, PlayStation and reading.
Adam and Sarah Hayes come from Upper Glanmire NS. Adam's specialities include computer gaming and cycling, and Sarah's baking and reading.
Japheth and Joanna Kolawole are one of two sets of twins joining from Riverstown NS. Japheth is into magic, Minecraft and soccer, with sister Joanna concentrating on reading and writing. The O'Brien brothers Peter and Sean also went to Riverstown, and their sports are hurling, football and soccer.
Two of the seven sets of twins came from Scoil Chill Ruadhain. Callum and Jack O'Connor concentrate on hurling and football. Oliwia Przychodzka and Oskar Przychodzki came from the same school, with Oliwia's primary focus on art, and brother Oskar interested in Lego, cycling and soccer.
Zach and Howard O'Connor went to Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil. Their main pastimes are soccer, running and football.