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Monday, 17th June, 2019

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Irish Paper 2 (H): One of the easier papers in recent years

Reaction to Leaving Cert 2017 Irish Paper 2 (Higher Level) by Clare Grealy, Irish teacher at The Institute of Education

This Irish paper was one of the easier papers in recent years. A very straight-forward, student friendly paper. Overall no cause for complaint.

Question 1: Comprehension:

Students would be familiar with the content of the first comprehension, which dealt with the foundation and development of TG4.

The second comprehension, on the war in Syria and the plight of refugees, may have proved slightly more challenging. Students who kept up to date with what’s going on in the world, would have had a better chance of understanding it, but it was still quite manageable.

There were quite a lot of questions to answer in both comprehensions, with many split in to a number of sub-questions. Both were still quite accessible though.

Question 2: Prose:

The story An Gnáthrud would have been widely anticipated but didn’t feature. Hurlamaboc appeared instead. The question asked was based on the main character Lisín, who has total control of her life, family and house. It would be important for students to ensure that their answer covered all three of these aspects-life, family and house.

Question 3: Poetry:

The widely anticipated Geibheann appeared here.

The question was by far the simplest that has appeared to date. While the poem is metaphorical and allegorical, neither of these two issues were asked. Instead, students got a very simple question on contrast.

There was also a personal question, asking students about the impact the poem had on them. This was very versatile and could have been adapted to anything.

Question 4: Additional Literature:

One of the shorter poems, Éiceolaí featured here. This is widely regarded as one of the easiest of the 5 poems. The main question dealt with contrast, which was very straight forward.

The question on An Trial was very narrow, dealing with only one character only.

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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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