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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Leaving Cert Irish Paper One: 'fair, varied and topical'

Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor

Published 09/06/2014 | 17:26

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Clare Grealy said the language in Leaving Certificate Irish Higher Level Paper 1 was 'nice, clear and accessible'.

A very fair, varied and topical paper with topics to suit all candidates was how teacher Clare Grealy described Leaving Certificate Irish Higher Level Paper 1.

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She said the language was “nice, clear and accessible”, and there wouldn’t have been an obstacle in comprehending any of the titles on the paper, except, perhaps, the seanfhocal  (proverb) “Things are not always what they seem’ in Section B

“Students often worry ‘Will I understand the titles on the paper but this would not have been a problem this year, save the seanfhocal, “, said Ms Grealy of the Institute of Education.

She said there was a broad choice in the essay question  including  the very open topic:  ‘The things that are important in my life’, which gave students great scope.

According to Ms Grealy, the story section can be “quite  unpredictable” and this year’s topics,  ‘Disappointment’ and the seanfhocal, ‘might have been challenging for some students.

The Section C motion for debate, ‘There is an improvement to be seen in the economic affairs of Ireland’, would have been anticipated  and well prepared students would have done well.

The speech option was on ‘The importance of the Irish language and Irish culture’, for which  students would have prepared for their oral exam, she said,

Ms Grealy said well prepared students would have been very pleased with ordinary level paper that  contained “nothing unexpected”.

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