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Former Direct Provision resident says it’s never too late to pursue third level education

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INSPIRING OTHERS: Former Direct Provision resident Rudo Chitseko hopes her BA achievement will inspire other adults to pursue third level education.

A former Direct Provision resident living in Killarney, who completed a BA degree, has pledged to give back to the community.

Rudo Chitseko hopes her BA achievement will inspire other adults who missed out on an opportunity to pursue third level education to consider signing up to a higher education programme.

Rudo studied for a BA in Applied Addiction Studies and Community Development with An Cosán, Ireland’s largest provider of community education,

Originally from Zimbabwe she has lived in Ireland since 2015, and signed up to do a BA with An Cosán while she was living in Direct Provision.

An Cosán’s degree programmes run online, which means they can be undertaken from anywhere in the country. They are accredited by the Institute of Technology (IT) Carlow and Rudo was delighted to graduate at IT Carlow’s recent Lifelong Learning Conferring Ceremony, which saw 20 adult learners from six counties across Ireland graduate from An Cosán’s two BA programmes.

Rudo, who is now studying for a BA in Social Care with Munster Technological University, (MTU), was joined at the graduation by her two proud sisters Rufaro and Samantha.

Rudo says that she is a different person after completing the BA with An Cosán.

“I am a different person altogether from the person I was,” she said.

“My perspective on social issues, like addiction and community development, are different now. I have more understanding of the issues involved. I want to give back to the community by applying the skills I have learned with An Cosán.”

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Rudo says it was a challenge undertaking the degree course but that the extra supports offered by An Cosán made it easier.

“Blended learning was easy for me because I was able to work around the schedule and I was able to do other things, like look for a job,” she said. “There was financial support, academic support and counselling. The friendships, the people I met and the memories I made during my time with An Cosán will last a lifetime.”

Rudo encourages other adults who did not have the chance to complete second-level education or go on to third-level education to sign up to a course with An Cosán.

“I met people from all backgrounds who left school early or were recovering from different situations. Everything is possible. I am a living testament to that – I never thought I would graduate with a degree, but here I am. So, no matter what your situation, you can have another chance. There is always a way and An Cosán will be there to support you.”

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Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]

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Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
“This mentorship is under the guidance of Dr Sheila Li, a Harley Street based dentist with over 10 years’ experience in facial aesthetics. Every year following an interview process, Sheila takes on six trainees and I was lucky enough to get this amazing training opportunity.”
The course is a year-long process involving in-depth learning and hands-on clinical training days in Dr Sheila’s Harley Street clinic.
The course, also, extends to treatment planning cases with Dr Sheila, thus allowing access to her vast knowledge when planning treatments for Dr Gleeson’s patients.
“Therefore, I am now able to offer a vast array of facial aesthetic treatments at Gleeson Dental. These treatments include the use of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, Botox has a wide range of additional applications, including the treatment of tooth grinding, headaches, gummy smiles, neck bands and excessive underarm sweating,” she added.
Dermal filler treatments are, also, available to treat issues related to volume loss while skin booster treatments such as Sunekos and Profhilo can be used to regenerate and rehydrate tired looking skin.
Facial aesthetics may conjure up images of over-filled expressionless people but Susan hopes to change people’s view of it.

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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