There were 8 sets of twins among the 125 first years students who started at Colaiste Ide agus Iosef in Abbeyfeale this week, who completed their first day of secondary school.
Principal Jim Tierney said: “It is certainly a most unique situation. We have twins in other classes at the school but to have eight sets in the one year is a first,”
“We don’t have a policy to separate twins. If they want to be in the same class it is entirely their own choice.
“The teachers don’t mind at all and some twins can look quite different and dress slightly different so once you
get to know the students it’s easy to tell them apart.”
Identical Twins Shona and Caoimhe Hickey are one set of twins which started earlier this week.
Caoimhe said: “Everybody mixes us up. We are identical looking but we like different things. I like Maths but Shona doesn’t.
“We are close and I think the best thing about being a twin is that you are never by yourself.
“I’m a small bit taller than Shona so I think people will be able to tell us apart.” Twin brothers Jack and David O’Connor don’t have to worry about any mix up.