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Saturday 24 February 2018

DIARY: Heaney question was curve ball - but it went better than expected

Rebecca Merrigan (17) from Trinity Comprehensive Secondary School in Ballymun
Rebecca Merrigan (17) from Trinity Comprehensive Secondary School in Ballymun

Rebecca Merrigan

I WAS so worried about sleeping in yesterday that I set eight alarms to wake me. When I did get to the exam - English Paper One - I was delighted with it. The paper went a lot better than I expected.

It was a relief because my heart sank when I saw Seamus Heaney in the comprehension section. It was such a curve ball because everyone was predicting him to be one of the poets on paper two this year and I’ve prepared him really well.

The comprehensions were all really interesting to read and the questions were easy. I answered on a piece about video games and pop music.


I also wrote a news report about a guy who disappeared in one of the extracts. The essay topics were all really engaging which was a huge relief. Some of the past topics are awful and it would have been hard for me to write on any of them. Yesterday was the complete opposite. I couldn’t decide which one to choose.

I almost wrote about why Irish people are so obsessed with the weather but in the end I chose a reflective essay on moments of uncertainty.

I was worried about timing at the start but it worked out perfectly - I was just wrapping up when the examiner announced that we had five minutes left. I’m feeling more anxious about today’s exam but I have a lot of the work done.

Rebecca (17) is a student from Ballymun Trinity Comprehensive School.

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