Damien O'Connor, Brown Bag

Animator Damien O'Connor“If I go out there and work hard and do my best, things will come right.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Not to be wishing the summer away, but, before we know it the Leaving Cert results will be out. Every paper from The Irish Times to the Limerick Leader will have photos of beaming teenagers sporting a brace of A1s on the front page. TDs will take to Twitter to remind everyone that it’s not the be-all and end-all, and …

The key to exam success‘You don’t need to be reading rafts of new information.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Tomorrow is Day 1 of exam season, with an estimated 120,000 Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students facing their first papers. Guidance counsellor and education expert, Brian Mooney joined Richard Curran on Today with Sean O’Rourke to give advice to students, their parents and everyone supporting them over the next few weeks. Brian stressed the importance of trying to relax before tomorrow, as …

Exam Culture‘I’m wondering at what point do we actually start preparing for the Leaving Cert – do we start when the kids are four to make sure that they get those points for college?’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It’s quite likely that millions of us around the country still fall victim to the Leaving Cert dream.  Maybe you forget to study, or you forget to show up, or maybe you show up naked having forgotten to study.  Whatever your particular version of that horror show is, how would you feel if the exam itself was abolished entirely, or …

Broadcaster Stephen Byrne ‘I’m doing the leaving cert again, 10 years after I did it before.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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“I’m doing Business, Geography, French, Classical Studies, English, Irish, Maths,” rattles off broadcaster Stephen Byrne, aged 27, who for various reasons has decided to re-sit the Leaving Cert and is making a documentary about it.  He joined Ryan Tubridy to talk about the reasoning behind his decision and about the experience itself, both first and second time around. One thing …

Exam advice‘If you’re not feeling anxiety today, doing the Leaving or Junior Cert tomorrow, there is something wrong with you.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It’s one of the great injustices of our educational structure, and one most of us have faced in our lifetime. The placement of the Leaving in Junior Certificate examinations right slap-bang at the beginning of the summer. It’s almost set in stone that the sun comes out to shine on day one of these exams, adding additional frustration to each …

“I was only 15. My parents … got a phone call from the school saying “Margaret hasn’t been here for about a month.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Every significant event in your teenage years seems at the time to be the most momentous, life changing, earth-shattering crossroads imaginable. That first kiss, that first falling out with your best friend from primary school, that first job interview. And, in the case of the Leaving Certificate, that feeling is not something you experience simply on a personal level. The …