Classics in Irish Schools
Junior Cycle Classics
There are 3 Classics subjects in Irish Schools: Ancient Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies. The new Junior Cycle includes a specification is divided into three Strands: Strand 1 a core strand that examines Ancient Greek Myth and Daily Life; Strand 2 the Classical Studies option which studies the World of Achilles and the City of Rome; and Strand 3 the Ancient Languages option where students study either Ancient Greek or Latin. All students study Strand 1, the core strand, and choose between either Strand 2 or Strand 3.
More info can be found on JCT Classics.
Leaving Cert Ancient Greek and Latin
New Leaving Cert Classical Languages specifications are currently under development. A background document has been developed and a survey on the Classical Languages in schools is currently open: Click Here.
The Classical Association of Ireland - Teachers is the subject association for Classics Teachers in Ireland. Our aim is to promote the teaching of Ancient Greek, Latin and Classical Studies in the Irish Education system, to support the teachers teaching the Classical subjects, and to provide as much resources, information, and guidance we can to teachers, principals, students, schools and parents who either are learning, providing, or teaching Classics or who are interested.
Classics in Ireland
The Romans never came to Ireland - or so we're told! But this simply isn't true. The Romans came here through trade; Patricus - likely a Roman citizen - came here a brought us a symbol of Ireland, the shamrock, and generations of scholars and saints who would write in the Roman language and retain the traditions and writing of one of the most influential civilizations in Europe.
Since, then the Romans - the Greeks who so influenced the Romans - have been a central part of Irish culture and identity! Whether it is through the language of Latin and Ancient Greek which was taught in the Hedge Schools of the 18th century, Bernard Shaws Pygmalion, James Joyce's Ulysses, the Neo-Classical buildings of Dublin, Castletown house, or Cork - and many other Public buildings scattered across Ireland. The Classical Myths and art have become as much a part of the Irish identity and culture as Cú Chulainn, Fionn Mac Cumhail, or Queen Meabh.