Leaving Cert Irish can be studied as a one or two year programme as a full-time day school student.

Subject Group; Humanities

Leaving Certificate Irish builds upon the language developed during Junior Cycle. All four language skills are further developing. The learner is encouraged to develop and share her/his views on a range of topics. The learner is also prepared during Senior Cycle for further study in or through Irish. 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.  The other three skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing are assessed in June.

Leaving Cert Irish Teacher Maitiú Ó Faoláin

Teacher Profiles

Maitiú Ó Faoláin

BA (Hons) UCD, PGDEL (Tóraíocht),PGCE

Subjects: Irish  & Irish For Primary Teaching

With eleven years teaching experience, including being a senior member of the teaching staff in Coláiste Árainn Mhóir Donegal, Matt is a dynamic and talented teacher who makes every effort to make Irish accessible for all of his students. Matt has vast experience of teaching Leaving Certificate Irish both to 5th and 6th year students, as well as adults pursuing a career as a Primary School Teacher and is able to provide support and cater for students of all ability levels and age groups. Matt’s students achieve exceptional results and most develop a ‘grá’ for the language due to his obvious love for the subject.

A huge thanks to Ashfield College and Matt Whelan for getting  me through the exam, and reviving my love of Irish.

Róisín Beales, Irish for Primary 2014-15
Leaving Cert Irish Teacher Declan Fitzpatrick

Declan Fitzpatrick

B.A., Dip in Cate., M.Ed.

Subjects: Irish & English

Declan Fitzpatrick B.A., Dip in Cate., M.Ed., taught Irish and English to all levels for 35 years in Templeogue College, Dublin. He has been an Assistant Examiner with the Department of Education and Skills at Leaving Certificate Higher Level and has had his revision notes published in both subjects.

Leaving Cert Irish Subject Content

The course consists of the study of a variety of aspects of Irish under the following headings;

  • Prescribed Stories
  • A Novel/ Play
  • Poetry
  • Composition of Essays/ Articles/ Speech
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Aural
  • Oral

Leaving Cert Irish Exam Structure

For Leaving Cert Irish Higher Level, Paper 1 consists of reading comprehensions and an essay. Paper 2 consists of essays on their prescribed poetry, stories and plays.

For Leaving Cert Irish Ordinary Level, Paper 1 is personal writing of stories or letters and reading comprehnsions. Paper 2 is prescribed poetry and stories.

Both ordinary and higher partake in an aural and an oral. The oral is around Easter and is worth 40%.

To discuss whether Irish would be a good choice for your Leaving Certificate call 01 490 4050 and talk to one of our subject experts.

Data Source: Department of Education and Science and www.education.ie – data correct as of 27/7/2015