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The aim of Junior Cycle Irish is to improve your ability to communicate through Irish. You will focus on improving your language skills through concentrating on four areas; your spoken language through speaking; your listening skills through listening to others, CD’s and tapes; your written skills through writing in Irish and your reading skills through reading passages, poems and stories written in Irish.

Students will get an opportunity to explore the Irish language outside the classroom aswell. Some examples of this are going to Irish plays and participating in Seachtain Na Gaeilge. Below is an image from students who played music during lunch for Seachtain Na Gaelige this year.

What is the Junior Cycle Irish exam like?

The Junior Cycle Irish exam is examined in two:

  • an aural exam – you will listen to a tape/CD and answer questions based on what you hear
  • a written exam – you will answer questions about what you have studied

You can take the exam at Higher or Ordinary level. When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.


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