15 February, 2006 - Leoithne Gaoithe: A literary anthology for the Teachers Qualifying Examination in Irish

The Department of Education and Science has published Leoithne Ghaoithe, a literary anthology for the Teachers’ Qualifying Examination in Irish. 

This qualifying examination is a requirement for primary teachers who qualify outside the State. An ever increasing number of teachers have entered teaching by this route in recent years. For the first time all the literary extracts prescribed for the examination are available between two covers. Some of the poems included date back to the eighteenth century and include the famous Slán le Máigh and Úirchill an Chreagáin.

Other poems are pitched at primary or early postprimary level such as the well known Cúl an Tí by Seán Ó Ríordáin, Asailín Pharis by Seán Ó Tuama and An Gleann inar Tógadh Mé by Dubhghlas de hÍde. Well known modern poets represented include Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Máire Mhac a’tSaoi and Áine Ní Ghlinn. In the prose section there are short stories by modern authors such as Seán Mac Mathúna, Aingeal de Búrca and Pádraig Ó Siadhail together with extracts from the classical Blasket writers, Peig Sayers and Muiris Ó Súilleabháin.In welcoming the publication Minister Mary Hanafin said “it will serve as a very useful resource for candidates for the Irish Qualifying Examination.” She hoped other readers would enjoy some of its contents also. 

The Minister reiterated the importance of all teachers having an adequate grasp of the Irish language and its culture to enable pupils embrace their national  heritage.