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Monday, 17th June, 2019

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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.

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Clare Grealy

About Clare Grealy

Clare has over 20 years experience of teaching Irish to Higher level Leaving Cert students and has been teaching full time at The Institute of Education for the past 13 years. She has been a regular contributor and advisor to RTE 2 radio programmes in the lead up to the Leaving Cert exams.

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