“It wasn’t a predictable paper,” said Elaine Dobbyn, a teacher in Coláiste Iognáid, Galway. “I thought the State Examinations Commission did a good job of challenging the students without throwing them completely.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There were no tears today for Leaving Cert students of English as Paper 2 performed as students hoped and, dare one suggest, expected on Thursday afte(...)

Seamus Heaney. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Before the first English paper had even begun, students’ minds were already leaping ahead to the following day’s exam, and the all important questi(...)