Members of the Department

Mrs Clare Sherry (Head of Department)

Ms Marie Donohoe

Mrs Tanya McCaffrey


The study of geography empowers the person to explore and understand the world around them. Engagement with the subject promotes a deep understanding of people and place. Students develop the skills to read their environment, enabling them to interpret the physical landscape, observe climatic events with an informed eye and discuss world events in a knowledgeable manner. Through the study of geography, people are encouraged to appreciate the processes that shape their world and view global issues as ethical citizens. Geography provides a platform to analyse world events, empowering young people as informed, active citizens. Studying geography enhances students’ ability to engage with issues such as sustainable development, economic systems, hazard management and climate change. The topics experienced help develop students’ awareness and understanding of cultural variations fostering a respect of difference. Students are growing up in a globalised, dynamic world. Geography provides a medium to explore current events in our world.

Junior Cycle Geography

The study of junior cycle geography enables students to become geographically literate. It develops knowledge, skills, values and behaviours that allow students to explore the physical world, human activities, and how we interact with our world. It stimulates curiosity, creating opportunities for students to read, analyse, synthesise and communicate about their immediate environment and wider world.

Course Overview

The specification for Junior Cycle Geography focuses on developing students’ knowledge and skills to explore and understand the world around us and our role within it. This is achieved through the three interconnected strands:

  • Exploring the physical world;
  • Exploring how we interact with the physical world;
  • Exploring people, place and change, with one overarching concept entitled Geoliteracy.

Leaving Cert Geography

Leaving Certificate geography will help students develop an understanding of the changing relationships between the physical and human worlds. Through their study of geography, students will develop geographical skills that will help them to make informed judgements about issues at local, national and international levels.

Leaving Certificate geography may be studied at Ordinary or Higher level. The course is divided into core, elective and optional units of study. Ordinary level students study all core units and one of the elective units. Higher level students study all core units, one of the elective units and one of the optional units.

Core Units

  1. Patterns and processes in the physical environment
  2. Regional geography
  3. The Geographical Investigation and skills unit

Elective Units

  1. Patterns and processes in economic activities
  2. Patterns and processes in the human environment

Optional Units

  1. Global interdependence
  2. Geoecology
  3. Culture and identity
  4. The atmosphere-ocean environment 

Career Opportunities

The close link between the subject and the world around us makes for a long list of varied careers. Some of these careers use Geography directly and in others, you will use the skills which you have developed in Geography. Examples of careers paths include Law, Teaching, Pharmacy, working with Development or Aid Agencies, Town and Country Planning, Civil Service, Travel and Tourism, Weather Forecasting, presenting weather forecasts/travel programmes, Marketing, Social Work, Marketing, Estate Agent, Environmental Consultant, Pollution Analyst, Conservation Officer and Cartographer.