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Greater Dublin Area (GDA) for Leaving Cert Geography

Tip: I found it extremely beneficial to know this chapter inside out and back to front. There is more to write about the GDA in comparison with the West of Ireland, and the questions are often easier to get big marks in. There’s a good bit in this chapter, but much of it is common sense or things you’d hear about on the news. Be specific; learn exact figures regarding population, average temperatures etc. This is a critical piece of advice across the entire geography course, but particularly in the Regional section. 

Our Geography notes are coming soon, subscribe to our emails to get all the important updates (it's free and secure) Physical processes  Climate  Cool temperate maritime  Lower precipitation (compared to the WoI). 800-1000mm per year. In rain shadow of Dublin Mountains (which are 1200m high) Sunshine- 4 hours per day average Summer temperature- 16 degrees Celsius Winter temperature- 5 degrees Celsius Growing season- 270 days Relief
Lowland region- low, flat land Dublin…

Paul Durcan Sample Answer & Notes: Rich Insights Into Human Experience

Durcan communicates rich insights into human experience using language that is both accessible and appealing. Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to the poetry of Paul Durcan on your course.
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Paul Durcan’s poetry is recent, novel and refreshing. His insights are presented grotesquely and cuttingly at times, but his poetry is full of balanced subtlety on closer examination. The poet writes unreservedly and openly about personal and social issues. His subject matter touches upon many sensitive aspects of the human experience: love for one’s wife and children, love for one’s country, religious faith, breakdown of marriage, difficulties in his relationship with his father and homelessness to name a few. His language is different to what one expects from a poem: it is both simple and complex in its own unique way, but invariably accessible and appealing. I would like to elaborate on this statement using the poems Nessa, “Windfall”, 8 Parnell Hill, Cork, The Difficulty That Is Marriage, Wife Who Smashed Television Gets Jail, Parents, En Famille, 1979, Madman and Sport.

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