Mock exam paper D - P1 Ordinary Level
PRE – LEAVING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2014
English – Ordinary Level – Paper 1
Total Marks: 200
Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes
This paper is divided into two sections,
SECTION I – COMPREHENDING
text. Candidates must answer only one Question A and only one Question B.
SECTION II – COMPOSING
I left Ireland in the summer of 2010, on one of the more traditional routes, a ferry to Wales. After 18 months of fruitless job searching and having more ambition than standing in the notorious dole queue, I felt a great sense of relief as that ferry left Rosslare harbour.
Disillusioned is the word I would use to express what my view of Ireland has become in these recent years. Some people on these pages, and some of my friends included, would appeal for a more optimistic view of Ireland’s plight. But my personal experiences made me at first angry, and later cynical about Ireland’s ability to recover.
I am not the first generation of my family to tread the emigration trail, as my great-great grandfather left his home in the mid 1800s to join the British army and a chance at a better life. Whether he found it or not I’m not sure, all I do know is that he settled in Liverpool to become part of that city’s vibrant and enduring Irish community.
Generations on, my father relocated to Ireland from Liverpool to bring the Flanag...