Saturday 24 March 2018

Student's shock at seeing himself on exam paper

Photo: Getty Images. Picture posed.
Photo: Getty Images. Picture posed.

Greg Harkin

A Leaving Cert student says he was left shocked but happy after a question about himself and his traditional music group popped up in an exam.

Cathal Ó Curráin from the Gaoth Dobhair Gaeltacht inDonegal is a member of an award-winning group An Crann Óg. He plays the banjo.

He was sitting Paper 1 of his Irish Exam when he realised that one question in the aural comprehension was about the group.

"I thought it was very funny," said Cathal.

"I was sitting in the corner of the room, and when we got the paper everyone turned around saying, 'That's ye' - and I was in fits laughing to be honest.

"I knew the answers before we even heard the recording."

Cathal is so proficient with his instrument that most of his friends at school and in traditional music call him 'Banjo'.

The 18-year-old revealed the question soon caused a stir in the exam hall. "Everyone in the room was laughing," he told RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

"They were slagging me, saying, 'Fix, fix!' It's great though, 120,000 people did the exam and it's a great thing for An Crann Óg that we were mentioned in the exam.

"It's recognition for the whole group that we featured in a national exam."

He said another band member Eimear Ní Coll also sat the same exam.

He is already getting teased by friends who are saying he'd better get 100pc in his Irish exam.

"We'll have to see about that," Cathal laughed.

The student at Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair said: "I am hoping to study Irish and music in the University of Limerick next year."

An Crann Óg is a group of young traditional musicians established by Caitlín and PJ Joe Jack in Gaoth Dobhair in 2007 to encourage and promote traditional music.

Irish Independent

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