Categories LC Blog (2016)

Leaving Certificate Irish Paper 2

Liam – Higher Level DSC04124 (1)

Questions that I did: 1, 2A, 3A and 4A.

That was weird. The lack of both Géibheann and Gnáthrud was unexpected, I thought one of the two would make an appearance! The no ‘saol & Saothar an file’ 9 marker was different. But the no seanra litríochta was nice!

I started with my question on ‘An Triail’ because I liked it least and it was worth most. Don’t get my wrong, who doesn’t like the aul “Mallacht Dé anuas ortsa, a striapach”!  The question was straightforward enough, about Máire’s life after meeting Pádraig so it was grand.

Next I did the question on Oisín i dTír na nÓg. There were 3 questions and you had to do 2, I did the one on Oisín being loving and loyal and the exaggeration. They were grand like, I thought the only question they’d ask is the tréithe béaloidis. But sure it was alright!

Then it was poetry and an tEarrach Thiar. In fairness , the questions weren’t bad, owing to the fact one of the questions wasn’t the ‘guaranteed’ one.

The léamhtuiscints were actually easy enough. I highlighted the answers in the text first , then copied them into my answer booklet. It was the most efficient way I think. I was delighted that no seanra litríochta came up either. Never really liked them !

I’m happy enough with it! I wrote enough for them anyway and it could have gone a lot lot worse. At least we’re done with that!!

Emma – Higher Level Emma O'Callaghan

Irish paper two, good lord!! I had expected some sort of difficulty in the exam but not to that extent! However my trauma was short lived when I realised the questions were quite nice on both Oisin and An Tearrach!

I began with the them to get them out of the way and wrote tonnes for the poem but a mere 2 pages for the pros! Onto the leamhthuiscints, the part B’s were extremely different than other years there was no deciphering types or genres, which was nice. I found I overwrote a lot on those, there was so much to say!! The themes for the leamthuisicnts were very topical and interesting and I nearly forgot I was in an exam! UNTIL that awful Maidhc question came from a “Thig na Tít orm”! Everyone had expected his family life to come up but of course the SEC wouldn’t make it that easy!! However with some breaking down of the question it was easy to put together some paragraphs based around key events of his life!! I’m so sad that my battle with Gaeilge in secondary school has ended, but overall the exam as a whole could have been a lot worse!! (Imagine caca milis!)

Cárthach – Higher Level DSC04123 (1)

One of the nicest papers in recent years, despite the two predicted Prose and Poem not making an appearance. A huge shock to many I imagine, luckily our year had prepared for all of them, since we knew the LC focus was noted on the website to be about losing the LC’s predictability. A right kick to anyone who chanced to only study ‘Géibheann’ and ‘An Gnáthrud’…My heart goes out to you!

Dom fhéin mar chainteoir ó dhúchas, cheap mé go raibh an páipéar bog a dhóthain do gach duine, in aineoinn don gheit a baineadh as daoine faoin bprós agus filíocht ainmnithe. Bhí na léamhthuiscintí intuigthe go maith agus ní raibh na ceisteanna (6) deacair i comparáid le blianta eile.

In comparison to other years, the reading comprehensions and grammar questions were much gentler on the student who struggle with languages in general, in my opinion, as the topics were recent and also covered by essays people learn for Paper 1’s composing.

This nice paper 2 contrasted greatly what was to come in the afternoon; the absolute slaughter that was the higher level Biology paper!

Ellen – Higher Level DSC04117 (1)

It’s hard now to think of that lovely little Irish paper after the events of this afternoon’s Biology. The Leamhthuiscints were extremely manageable I felt in comparison to other years, except I felt the q6b’s required a lot more comprehension than before. My class was doing the Cúrsa Roghnach and wasn’t I delighted last night when I only had 3 poems to study. Even better, in the exam I had a choice of dán nua aimseartha and chose Jack by Máire Mhic an tSaoi. Bhí sé go hálainn. I was even happy with the prós- scéal bealoidis for me meant an Cearrbhach Mac Cába and there was a choice within the question – traits of the main characters, importance of the minor characters and traits of béaloideas, which was also an deas ar fad. Even Gafa (my least favourite part of the whole course) was manageable with a general relationship question between Eithne, Eoin and Breandán. Ní raibh sé ró olc ar an iomlán, but I’m just thinking now, I’ll never need to know that much Irish ever ever again…!

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