In the junior cycle specifications for Irish, students consolidate and deepen their understanding of
Irish. Students are enabled to communicate in an effective, interactive, confident manner in formal
and informal settings in the language community. The fostering and development of awareness
is emphasised; language and cultural awareness as well as students’ self-awareness as language
learners. Junior Cycle Irish seeks to consolidate and develop the skills students bring to postprimary
school. Students are empowered to assume ownership of Irish; an important life skill.

Students are encouraged to
• use language effectively and confidently, both personally and in communicating with other
users in the language community
• enjoy creative and innovative communication in Irish
• appreciate Irish and have a desire both to speak it and use it
• express themselves through consolidation of their literacy skills
• attempt to use newly-learned language aspects
• engage with a wide range of texts in various ways, for learning, research, and recreation
• have an appreciation and respect for literature in Irish so that they may enjoy literature and
benefit from it
• gain a better understanding of Irish culture and have respect and understanding for other cultures and languages.