Irish Paper 2 (H): A paper that threw up some surprises
Reaction to Leaving Cert 2018 Irish Paper 2 (Higher Level) by Clare Grealy, Irish teacher at The Institute of Education
Paper 2 threw up some surprises, but the questions that were asked were straight forward. Students shouldn’t have any axe to grind, outside the prose question.
Question 1: Comprehension:
The first comprehension dealt with stories that came from the Census. While it was a topical topic, it was very historical in content, even referring back to the time of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. Despite this it was a very doable comprehension.
The second compression was on celebrating cultural heritage and the Irish language. This is a topic students are familiar with. It was nice and straight forward- the vocabulary was easy to understand and should have posed no major difficulties.
Question 2: Prose:
This section would have thrown up the greatest surprise of all. The widely anticipated short story An Gnáthrud did not feature. A question on the film Cáca Milis appeared instead. It was a straight forward question on one of the characters, Paul.
Question 3: Poetry:
An Spailpín Fánach appeared. Although this is probably the least popular of the 5 prescribed poems, the questions were very manageable.
Question 4: Additional Literature:
There was a nice, broad choice here, ranging from a play to an autobiography, to a novel to poetry.
The two most popular sections are Question A An Triail and Question F Dánta Breise.
An Triail: About 80% of students opt for this section. The question focused mainly on characters, and those that showed little kindness or compassion to Maire.
Dánta Breise: The question dealt with the love a mother for her family and the anxiety she has in relation to them. It was very similar to the question that appeared on the same poem in 2012.