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Subject Information 

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. 


Leaving Certificate Irish builds on the language skills developed during Junior Cycle. Language skills are further developed towards enabling the learner to take an active part in the bilingual society in which we live in today in Ireland. 


Students are encouraged to develop and share their views on a range of topics. The learner is also prepared during Senior Cycle for further study in or through Irish. 

Department Members

  • Ms Caffrey 

  • Ms Ní Chearra 

  • Ms Fulton 

  • Ms Uí Fhearghail  

  • Ms Mulligan 

  • Ms Reilly 

  • MS Cosgrove

What kind of Student would Irish suit?

Studying Irish suits students who liked the language at Junior Cycle, who are interested in speaking the language and like to listen to Irish on the radio and television. 


With 40% of the exam mark now going for the oral interview, a student really needs to like speaking the language to do well in this subject. 


It is highly advisable that students spend some time in the Gaeltacht where the language is spoken. 

A bit of work at higher-level Irish can reap handsome rewards. It had a huge honours rate last year, approx 70 per cent of higher level candidates achieved a H4 or above. Gaeilge also boasts a very low failure rate at higher level. 

Last year, almost 23 per cent of students were awarded a H1 or H2. 

Subject Group: Humanities 

These subjects explore the ways in which humans live and communicate in the world. Human life is examined by looking at our past, our present and into our future. These subjects help people to express themselves clearly and develop their reasoning ability. 

Career Sectors

This subject builds skills and knowledge that are particularly useful for careers in the following Career Sectors: 

  • Business Management & Human Resources 

  • Government, Politics & EU 

  • Education & Teaching 

  • Banking & Financial Services 

  • Tourism & Hospitality 

  • Media, Film & Publishing 

  • Sales, Retail & Purchasing 

  • Transport & Logistics 

  • History, Culture & Languages 

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