The subject is taught by three members of staff. Considerable expertise in the teaching and examining of the subject has been developed in the department with teachers having been involved in examining at state exam level, in-service and subject association workshops. The subject is co-ordinated and regular department meetings are held.

Junior Cert

The course at Junior Cert level covers the following areas:

  • physical geography
  • Ordnance Survey maps and photographs
  • social geography (e.g. population, settlement, urbanisation)
  • economic development (e.g. primary, secondary and tertiary industry, economic inequalities)

The course is examined at Junior Cert level by means of one written examination paper.

Leaving Cert

The course at Leaving Cert level is divided into a number of sections. The core of the course is compulsory while there is an element of choice in the Electives and Options sections. 

  • Section 1 – Core:
  • Patterns and Processes in the Physical Environment (e.g. plate tectonics, rock, mass movement, rivers, glaciation, marine erosion/deposition)
  • Regional Geography (e.g. study of core and periphery socio-economic areas, Paris Basin, west of Ireland)
  • Ordnance Survey maps and aerial photography
  • Section 2 - Electives  
  • Patterns and Processes in Economic Activities (e.g.  EU policies, multinational corporations,       factors affecting development)
  • Options (for higher level only)  – Geoecology
  • Geographical Investigation:  Fieldwork is compulsory at both ordinary and higher level.


The course is examined at Leaving Cert level by means of a fieldwork project (20%) and one written examination paper.

Subject Facilities

 All of the rooms where geography is taught have data projectors/interactive whiteboards, fast internet access and televisions with DVD and video players. In addition the department had accumulated a considerable collection of wall charts/maps and video and digital resources which are shared. 

Department Activities

The department endeavours to promote among students a keen awareness of the environment which surrounds them at both local and national level.  Students are regularly encouraged to enter project and literary competitions which deal with such topics as global economic inequalities, environmental issues and sustainable development.

























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