Junior Cycle Irish T2

In Irish, it is really important that you read the questions carefully and fully understand what is being asked. Remember, much of what appears in the exam will be unseen so practise past exam questions regularly on Studyclix. 

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What's on the Junior Cycle Irish (Gaeilge) course?

  • Listening Comprehension (Cluastuiscint)
  • Reading Comprehension (Léamhtuiscint)
  • Writing (letter, note, Postcard, essay, debate)
  • Grammar 

What's the Junior Cycle Irish exam like?

At higher level (ardleibhéal) There are four sections to paper 1.

Roinn 1 - Cluastuiscint (Listening comprehension - 40 marks)

Roinn 2 - Léamhtuiscint (Reading comprehension - 40 marks)

Roinn 3 - Trialacha teanga comhtheacsúla (Grammar - 20 marks)

Roinn 4 - Ceapadóireacht (Writing - 50 marks)


Paper 2 has 3 sections

Roinn 1 - Prós (prose)

Roinn 2 - Filíocht (poetry)

Roinn 3 - An Litir (a letter)


Ordinary level Irish only has one paper with the following sections. 

Roinn 1 - Cluastuiscint (Listening comprehension - 40 marks)

Roinn 2 - Léamhtuiscint (Reading comprehension - 120 marks)

Roinn 3 - Scríobh na Teangan (Writing - 80 marks)


You may also be required to do 2 Classroom-Based Assessments (CBAs) throughout Junior Cycle Irish. 

CBA 1 is a Language Portfolio that requires students to submit three portfolio items as evidence of their language learning, one of which must be a sound/video piece. 

CBA 2 is a Communicative Task, that requires students to choose a topic that interests them and create a presentation, role play, interview, drama or conversation that can showcase their communicative skills.


Any tips for doing well in Junior Certificate Irish?

Like all languages it is really important that you work on building your vocabulary as this will help you in the reading comprehension, listening and written part of the paper. Make a note of any new words or phrases as you come across them and know the meaning of the main words used in question such as cad, conas, and tabhair sampla. 

Don't forget to prepare for your aural exam by practicing the listening comprehension questions as you listen to the streamed audio clips on Studyclix.

Writing out a list of the most common verbs with their English meaning will also come in very handy for all sections of the paper. A good way to prepare for the exam is to listen regularly to Radió na Gaeltachta or watch the news on TG4.


Download the Junior Cycle Irish Syllabus 

Download the Junior Cycle Irish Teacher's Guidelines

Download the Junior Cert Irish Chief Examiner's Report (2010)