I too got a letter of doom, gutted.
I wasn't feeling too great after ,my interview anyway, i figure i was doing great up until the math questions which i wasn't expecting, start off fine though until bout halfway through when my brain decided it didn't want to work, went blank and took me ages (well two mins but felt much longer) to answer 1 simple division question, which in turn threw me well off my game for the rest of it, bloody let the nerves get to me, the one thing i promised i wouldn't let happen
I knew it as soon as I saw the letter, as i figured they'd likely call those who got through first. Like gerie above I was hoping to just see my leaving cert returned, it wasn't there, took a few seconds pause before i read the letter. ah well.
Doubt they'd do another competition next year, last time they had one was 6 years ago (2001) and last time previous to that was i think 1997, so could be looking at least 5 years, I like to try again for sure but would depend on my situation as of course it would mean taking a pay cut as AlanD was saying wouldn't have bothered me much this year, but i got a fiance and we hope to be married soon, so by the time this happens again doubt i could afford the pay cut for 15 months.
I guess what's really annoying me is that i've been waiting for this since 2002, everything i've done since has just been to keep me busy until this came along, and i let it slip through my fingers
Ah well, I'll soldier onward and see where this road takes me for now.
Good luck to all you guys who got through, wishing ye all the best