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"Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste, ná Béarla cliste"

Junior Cycle Irish builds upon the language developed during primary education. The learner’s vocabulary is both reinforced and enriched at this stage and the language skills (listening, speaking, reading, spoken interaction and writing) are further developed. Emphasis is placed on promoting and developing awareness: language awareness, cultural awareness as well as student self-awareness as a language learner. 

Leaving Certificate Irish builds upon the content studied during Junior Cycle. All four language skills are further developed to enable the learner to take an active part in the bilingual society in which we live today in Ireland. The learner is encouraged to develop and share his views on a range of topics. The learner is also prepared during Senior Cycle for further study in or through Irish.

Irish is assessed at three levels i.e. Foundation Level, Ordinary Level or Higher Level. The learner’s oral competency is assessed around Easter of the final year, in an oral examination worth 40%, at each level, of the overall mark, and the other three skills are assessed in June. Aspects of literary works must be studied at Ordinary Level while at Higher Level these same works and additional material must be studied in greater detail.

The teaching team:
  • Rosemary Downes

  • Michelle Duffy

  • Siobhán Ní Dhomhnaill

  • Michelle O'Halloran

  • Veronica Tandy

  • Edel Uí Dhuill

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