Inishowen family has FOUR doing
by Linda McGrory
STRESSED out Irish mammies and daddies can spare a
thought for one Inishowen mum who has FOUR children
sitting the State exams.
Mary McCauley from Greencastle waved off her two
sets of twins on the first day of the Leaving and
Junior Certificate examinations on Wednesday.
Twin siblings: Pictured centre are 18
year old twins Jane, left, and Kate McCauley who are
taking the Leaving Certificate flanked by their 15
year old twin siblings Emma and James who are
sitting the Junior Cert.
Twins Kate and Jane
(18) are sitting the Leaving Certificate and their
younger siblings, twins Emma and James (15) are both
tackling the Junior Certificate.
Mary and husband Leo,
who run an estate agency in nearby Moville, also
have a fifth child, Sarah (17) who is luckily
exam-free this year.
"We're so used to dealing with everything that comes
with having two sets of twins and five children in
total that I didn't really think having four of them
doing the State exams at the same time was that big
a deal," she said.
"But I suppose it is quite a lot of children doing
the big exams at the one time from the same family,"
Apart from English,
Maths and Irish, Kate McCauley is taking Geography,
Music, Religion and Biology. Her sister Jane is
taking the standard three subjects plus Business,
Economics, French and Biology.
Kate hopes to study Music at Maynooth while Jane
hopes to further her Business studies at NUI Galway.
All four are students at Moville Community College
situated on the banks of Lough Foyle.
The McCauley household is currently being run with
military precision with cupboards and the fridge
stocked up with plenty of exam-time supplies.
They all are studying in separate rooms while Mary
has all four mobile phones safely tucked in her
handbag for the duration of the exams.
"The stress levels in the house are up a big notch
but we're all coping well.
Sarah has been a God-send and has been making them
snacks and bringing them endless cups of tea," added
"When it's all over in about two weeks’ time, we
might all get out for a family meal."