The Junior Bicycle Was Full of Surprises—and Even a Little Bit Insanity

I am writing this the day after my last Junior Cycle exam, which is the first official day of my summer vacation. I think any candidate would agree that it has been a tiring but rewarding few days.

In the third year of 2022, we were guinea pigs – the first to sit these new exams.

I found them very interesting with class-based assessments in the second year (where we completed tasks like writing a weather report or doing an oral presentation in French) and mocks in February, which were good guides on how to approach them. in June.

It has certainly been a journey, with immense craze along the way.

It was very difficult to predict the actual format of the exam as there were only sample papers for the exam. It was a bit tedious at times as I found that schools were not given much direction.

Often the answers to the questions in the June examinations were uncertain. However, this experience gave me a chance to really feel that I can only do my best.

Finally, on Wednesday, June 8, we started our exams with English and Religion. I found it a very relaxing environment where the most important thing was to answer the questions to the best of my ability. I found that the questions were often not quite straight – some felt like doing the puzzles – but I broke them down into pieces and overall they were doable.

I sometimes found that I would have preferred to express my knowledge more – that the questions didn’t allow me to – but I believe the information I provided was still very effective.

And as I walked out the door of my last exam, thanking the superintendent, my heart raced with excitement as I realized my junior cycling journey had come to an end. And what a wonderful journey I have to travel.

Blathnade Fitzgerald Smith (age 15)

Dublin 9

It’s time for Ireland to end the National Blood Games

I am glad to learn that Mexico City has permanently banned bull fighting. The world’s largest bull is now set to close its doors to one of the worst forms of animal cruelty.

It represents another milestone in the global fight against the game of blood.

Unfortunately, the downside of human nature still exists elsewhere: bulls are tortured and killed to applause, bears are pelted by dogs in parts of Afghanistan, and animals are fueled by petrol. Dipped and ignited in so-called festivities. Thrown alive from Iberia, or tall buildings, to entertain spectators.

There is no bullfighting or bear hunting in Ireland, but we do have our national blood sport of rabbit and fox hunting.

Ireland is one of a few countries that allows rabbit farming, a dubious honor we share with Pakistan, where the “game” is supervised by heavy men with AK-47s that serve as security .

The unarmed garde are here to guard the passages, but the action inside is the same: humans are dodging death for fun, and are crushed, forcibly struck, or thrown like rag dolls in the process. Is.

Our foxes don’t face a matador with a cape and sword, but they do have to fight for survival when a pack of baying hounds are set on their trail.

No one shouts “ole” when a fox is cornered at the end of a long chase, collapses from exhaustion.

Ireland led the world with the smoking ban. We should do the same on blood sports by allowing foxes and rabbits to run free in the countryside, just as nature intended.

John Fitzgerald

Callen, Co Kilkenny

Liberal Feminists Aren’t as Dangerous as ‘Team Crazy’

Eric Conway is correct when he says that “the use of intemperate and sentimental language is very dangerous” especially in relation to Catholic members of the Supreme Court of the United States (‘Catholic Organizations in America Under Attack’, Letter18 June).

Given that the former US Vice President, a staunch pro-life advocate, came within 40 feet of being killed during the January 6 riots that were inspired by the actions of Trump and his ‘Team Crazy’, isn’t it a little rich To criticize a “liberal/feminist” establishment of anti-Catholic bias?

Tom McIlgot

Listowell, Co Carey

nothing beats curling up with a coffee and a buck

After reading Terence Killeen’s article (‘On the Monumental Prizes Found in Ulysses’), review, June 11), I really want to try this famous book. I like to relax and read with my scone and coffee.

So, like Buck Mulligan: “I’ll cut my steaming scone in two and plaster butter over its smoking pith.” Magic Words.

Brian Mac DeWitt

Glenty’s, Co Donegal