Robbie Cronin

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The Leaving Cert drew to a close yesterday with five exams.

The 2018 Leaving Cert drew to a close yesterday with five exams including technology, Italian and Japanese in the morning and, in the afternoon, appli(...)

The year-long celebration marking the 125th anniversary of the start of the Irish language revival movement was among the topics presented to students on the Leaving Cert Irish paper one examination. Here Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Joe McHugh Minister of State for the Irish Language, with students from Gaelscoil Cois Feabhail Choir, Movill, Donegal at Government Buildings for the launch of Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 last December. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Higher level students who prepared essay topics including Bliain na Gaeilge, the environment and the economy were not disappointed as all three ‘banke(...)

Students were asked about a text taken from An Lamborghini Buí, a novel by Iarla Mac Aodha Bhuí. Photograph: iStockphoto.

There were no surprises on the second Junior Certificate Irish exam of the day. Paper 2, which was described by teachers as “fair” and “student friend(...)

The two-hour paper is broken into three sections. Photograph: iStockphoto

There were no surprises in this morning’s Junior Cert Paper 1 in Irish which was described by teachers as being “very much in line” with previous year(...)

Junior cert students from left; Elizabeth Constantineanu, Sureksha Sukumaran and Aisling Incze  at Mount Carmel Secondary School, King’s Inns Street, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Junior Cert students who who sat their second Irish exam of the day faced a much more challenging paper which required a wide and flexible vocabulary,(...)

A comprehension piece on the recycling of mobile phones and their chemical composition was not well received by Junior Cert students. File photograph: Peter Thursfield

Students faced a wide range of comprehension pieces on a “good and fair” Junior Cert higher level Spanish paper, according to Robbie Cronin, a teacher(...)

The most challenging part of the Leaving Cert higher-level Spanish exam was an extract about an accident that occurred when someone was taking a selfie, according to teachers. Photograph: Getty Images

Leaving Cert students faced a fair higher-level Spanish paper which most would have found manageable, according to Begoña de la Fuente, a Spanish teac(...)

The comprehension pieces, on golfer Rory McIlroy and US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, were both suited to this level. Photograph: AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

Teachers and students have reacted positively to the higher and ordinary level Irish paper two, following general approval of paper one. Robbie Cronin(...)

In the context of major stories - water charges, Charlie Hebdo, marriage equality referendum were all topics students could have written about. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Higher level Irish students who prepared well for the oral Irish exam were doubly rewarded with a paper that was rich in the issues of the day, accord(...)

The final day of exams was a reasonably good one for the small number of Junior Cert students who were finishing up with Latin, Italian and classical(...)

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