Tuesday 30 May 2017

Ali packs a punch as LBJ is eclipsed by Truman show

Louise Lynch pictured following the Leaving Certificate history exam at Molroy College, Co Donegal. Photo: Brian McDaid
Louise Lynch pictured following the Leaving Certificate history exam at Molroy College, Co Donegal. Photo: Brian McDaid

Greg Harkin

Pupils at Mulroy College in Milford, Co Donegal, were happy with the range of topics offered in both history papers yesterday, though no-one expected Muhammad Ali to feature on the Ordinary Level paper.

Caolan McLaughlin, who sat that paper, was satisfied with the range of questions on 1916 but opted to tackle the subject of another 20th century icon, Marilyn Monroe.

"There weren't too many surprises and I was lucky enough that everything I had studied for came up," said the 18-year-old from Portsalon.

John Heraghty, who sat the Higher paper, said that the exam "wasn't too bad at all".

"All the 1916 material was there and I took on the questions on the Apprentice Boys of Derry. I also liked the question on who was the more successful US President between Harry Truman and Lyndon B Johnson. Of course, it was Truman," said John.

Louise Lynch (17) sat both Ordinary Level French and Higher Level History on her last day at the college, though her mum Laura, a Special Needs Assistant, will have to return in September.

"I'm so excited. I can't believe it's my last day and I had two good papers to finish with," said Louise, from Rathmullan.

"I was delighted with French. I was only caught out by one word on the whole paper and I had loads of time so that was good," she said.

"As for history, it was grand. I was put off a bit by the Nuremberg Rallies question but happily tackled the economic policies of Fine Gael until 1945."

Careful

Eimear McConigley, also just 17, from Fanad - all the students in this year didn't want to do TY - also sat the Ordinary Level French paper and the Higher history exam.

"French was good enough. I didn't have any problems," said Eimear. "In history everything I had studied all came up in three different sections. They way the questions were worded was different so I had to be careful how I answered."

History teacher Maria Ryan declared both papers "very doable".

Irish Independent

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