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Leaving Cert Irish Oral - Mo Cheantar (Guide)


The "Mo Cheantar" section of your Leaving Cert Irish Oral is a chance to talk about your local area. You'll likely be asked to describe where you live, the facilities, and what you like (or dislike) about your community. Get ready to nail this section with our vocabulary guide and practice tips!


Watch Our Mo Cheantar Video Guide!

Check out our "Mo Cheantar" video guide! We'll walk you through examples, offer pronunciation tips, and give you practice scenarios to help you feel fully prepared.


Key "Mo Cheantar" Vocabulary

- Location:

"Tá mé i mo chónaí i..." (I live in...)

"sráidbhaile" (village), "bruachbhaile" (suburb), "baile mór" (town), "cathair"(city)


- Facilities:

"Siopaí" (shops), "bialann" (restaurant), "pictiúrlann" (cinema), "ionad spóirt" (sports center)


- Amenities:

"páirc" (park), "scoil" (school), "leabharlann" (library), "trá" (beach)


- Opinions:

"Is áit bhré/álainn é" (It's a beautiful place)

"Is áit ciúin/gnóthach é" (It's a quiet/busy place)

"Tá na daoine cairdiúil" (The people are friendly)



Example Phrases

"Tá mé i mo chónaí i sráidbhaile beag cois farraige." (I live in a small seaside village.)


"Tá roinnt siopaí, caiféanna, agus bialanna sa sráidbhaile." (There are some shops, cafes, and restaurants in the village.)


"Is áit álainn é le radharcanna iontacha." (It's a beautiful place with amazing views.)


"Níl aon iompar poiblí ann, rud a fhágann go bhfuil sé deacair teacht air." (There's no public transport, which makes it difficult to access.)


Preparing for "Mo Cheantar"

1. Start with a Map

Begin by mentally mapping your area. Identify key places you might mention, such as parks, rivers, schools, and historical sites. This will help structure your narrative and ensure you cover various aspects of your cheantar.


2. Incorporate Culture and History

Research any historical or cultural significance associated with your area. Mentioning these aspects will enrich your presentation and demonstrate a deeper understanding of your locale.


3. Practice Descriptive Language

Use descriptive and sensory language to bring your area to life. Discuss the sounds, sights, and atmosphere, making your description as engaging and vivid as possible.


4. Engage with Community Activities

Reflect on your participation in local events or community groups. This adds a personal touch and shows your active involvement in your cheantar.



On the Day of the Exam

- Be Enthusiastic

Your passion for your local area can be infectious. Speak enthusiastically about your cheantar, showing pride in its unique aspects.


- Use Varied Vocabulary

Employ a wide range of vocabulary to describe your area. This not only showcases your language skills but also keeps your presentation interesting.


- Be Prepared for Questions

The examiner may ask you questions about your area. Be ready to expand on your initial description, offering more details or personal anecdotes.


Go n-éirí leat! (Good Luck!)

"Mo Cheantar" is more than just a test of your ability to describe your local area in Irish. It's an invitation to share your personal connection to your surroundings, your community, and the cultural fabric that makes your area unique. By preparing thoroughly, practicing your descriptive skills, and engaging with the topic passionately, you can make "Mo Cheantar" a highlight of your Leaving Cert Irish Oral exam.



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