Thursday, 3 April 2014

Irish Oral 2014

For any Leaving Cert sitters out there you can probably relate to this post but for those of you outside Ireland or who have not come across the Leaving Cert I'll run through it as basic as I can firstly for you.
As part of your Irish exam you are required to sit a fifteen minute oral exam with an examiner which is worth 40% of your actual Leaving Cert, it's great and on Monday I had my oral and since Irish oral is my favourite part of the Leaving Cert, as a matter of fact it's one of the only part of the Leaving Cert that I do like, I was almost excited to do it.
 I had all topics learned, I knew how to swerve the examiner I even learned off pages upon pages of useful phrases I was ready. That was until I went in and made such a balls of it that every time I go into Irish class since I almost break into tears and I now refuse to speak any Irish at all.
This is all because of two words : Sraith pictiúrs. As part of the LC oral students are expected to learn off twenty picture stories which I gave a good aul bash at, except for this one. 
They went up the mountains walking and got lost! It was impossible so I left it out didn't even look at it, I mean there's a one in twenty chance I get this picture so what's that 5% no chance. I got it.
The minute I turned over the page and saw that picture my heart sank.
Two minutes before going into my oral I sat outside with my friend Haleigh and my teacher and explained to them how screwed I am if I got that sraith.
Well.. here's what I think of the darned Sraiths!!!!!!!!!

Then reading a poems, I think there's six poems and you read one, the easiest part of the Oral without a doubt.
But there was one. One poem I hated with a passion, I had forgotten to read over it I HATED it, called 'An tEarrach Thiar' yep you guessed it. I got that poem.

Well once the dreaded Sraith's and the poems are done it's time for my favourite part!! the general chit chat!!
My strongest area, I love speaking Irish it's so much fun.
I had all my areas of speech planned, I was going to simply bring everything back to Conor Murray, yes yes I know but it was a plan!
 A plan I hoped would gain me an 'A'.
I had a rope around every question, look:

'Tell me about your area?' - ''Well I like my area, there are three schools two shops etc etc.. however I'd rather go to Limerick because I like rugby and there is a lot of rugby facilities in Limerick such as Thomond Park. I love Munster Rugby Conor Murray is my favourite player, I met him loads of times when I first met him I shook out and he said 'Don't be shaking' He is lovely.''

'Tell me about your school'- ''I don't like school because the work is too hard and maths is the devil, however I need to study so I can go to study in Limerick, I love Limerick  because I like rugby and there is a lot of rugby facilities in Limerick such as Thomond Park. I love Munster Rugby Conor Murray is my favourite player, I met him loads of times when I first met him I shook out and he said 'Don't be shaking' He is lovely.''

'Tell me about your hobbies' - Well, I like music. Kings of Leon are my favourite band but I LOVE rugby!! Conor Murray is my favourite player, I met him loads of times when I first met him I shook out and he said 'Don't be shaking' He is lovely.''

'Do you have any pets?' ''Certainly, I have two dogs their names are Molly and Mursher.
Molly is black and Mursher is white, I rather Mursher she is only one year old. I got her name from two rugby players Mike Sherry and Conor Murray, I took the Mur, from Murray and the Sher, from Sherry and made it 'Mursher' Conor Murray is my favourite player, I met him loads of times when I first met him I shook out and he said 'Don't be shaking' He is lovely.''

As you can see, I was set!! Nothing was going to stop me!!
Well, nothing apart from the examiner who changed the subject every time I brought up Conor Murray!! I didn't go as well as I expected lets just say.
I'm disgusted with how mine went, I even went as far as asking my teacher could I pretend I was an impostor and do it again. I wasn't aloud.
So after four days of sulking and having a face like a slapped arse I decided that enough was enough and I needed to get over it.
As far as I'm concerned now, what's done is done and like it or not there's nothing I can do to change it.
It's still 40% of the Leaving Cert done and dusted and I'm sure there's some people out there who feel the same as me. So to cheer you up I've decided to put up a few words of wisdom from THE Conor Murray!! Enjoy!!!
''Wipe that from your memory, Yano it's gone we can't do anything about it and focus on next weekend'' - Conor Murray  
''It's gone, It's over and you just have to move on now, you can't do anything about it, it's over now''  -Conor Murray.
Now if that's not good advice I don't know what is!!!
http://youtu.be/woad6Xjadp4 

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