Delight as Junior Cert English Paper features Aoife Dooley and Sinead Burke

Irish students have been taking to their social media platforms to express delight in seeing two very familiar faces in their State exam papers today.

Illustrator and comedian, Aoife Dooley was featured in the Junior Certificate English Paper, along with activist Sinead Burke.

An article Dooley wrote as part of the Irish Times’ Sound Off series was included as part of paper’s reading comprehension section D.

“Woke up to find out that I was on the junior cert English paper today. What the hell,” tweeted Dooley with a photo of the article, which was a humorous take on riding the bus during rush-hour traffic.

The popular article resonated with a lot of students, who have since been jokingly ‘trolling’ her will memes asking why she hates meanies and sausage rolls.

Activist Sinéad Burke took to Instagram to express her delight that her acclaimed TED talk, ‘Why Design Should Include Everyone’ was transcribed and included in section A.

In the caption of the post, she talked about grateful she was to be included and how it was something she could never have imagined happening.

Students were asked to read the speech and answer the following questions:

  • From your reading of this passage, what do you think is the greatest day-to-day challenge faced by Sinéad Burke?
  • Which one of these words best describes how you feel when you read this speech? Hope or angry? Give a reason for your answer.
  • Based on your reading of the last paragraph of this speech, what do you think is Sinéad Burke’s message to people who design things? Did you enjoy this speech? Give two reasons to explain why. .
  • “What a way to reach out to the young people of this country and more! Well done,” one user tweeted.

    While another added: “How amazing. Your path to getting people to think about new ways of designing and viewing the world seems to be going from strength to strength. Well done”

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