The CAO journey is about to begin for the Class of 2020. From tomorrow (Tuesday) at 12pm, the CAO online application system will open for the 2020 season.
Students including school leavers, mature students, FETAC/QQI and other non-standard applications can register their CAO application by logging on to www.cao.ie and clicking on Apply. By registering your personal details and paying the application fee of €30 before 5.15pm on January 20, and €45 thereafter up to February 1 at 5.15pm, you receive your CAO number. Once you have completed this first step you can edit your application by using the ‘My Application’ facility.
Some further supplementary information may be required by the various deadlines so it is important to download the CAO handbook and read it carefully. Courses can be introduced up to February 1, at 5.15pm and can be amended later when the ‘Change of Mind’ facility opens from May 5 to July 1, at 5.15pm. However, students must be careful about courses that are marked as ‘Restricted’ in the CAO handbook as they can’t be added in after the February 1 deadline.
It is essential to enter your personal details carefully and correctly to avoid any confusion at offers stage. Students have the option to fill up to 10 choices for level 8 courses and 10 choices for level 6/7. Before applying for a course, check that you meet the minimum entry requirements - this information is available on the website of the institution. Having the points for a course is not enough; you must meet the course/institution’s requirements to be considered. The most important rule of all is that you must place your course choices in genuine order of preference.
This is an exciting time for students but it can become daunting and confusing as you sift through all the information available to you as you try to make this important decision about what route to take. The key thing is to start the process early, use all the resources around you to help and ensure that you research thoroughly all courses that you include in your CAO application. That way you will make an informed choice.
Online resources like www.careersportal.ie and www.qualifax.ie are very helpful and the college websites have lots of details about courses. The CAO website has lots of very useful resources for students and parents to try to assist you in this process. And don’t forget to talk to lots of people who can help such as parents, older siblings and relations, people you know who have studied or worked in the area that interests you, your guidance counsellor and teachers and of course the staff in the various colleges.
Niamh Dwyer is a guidance counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore and is PRO of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. email@example.com
Fossa’s marathon man competes in Vienna
By Sean Moriarty They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria. Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world. On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon […]
By Sean Moriarty
They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria.
Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world.
On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon with Tony recording a personal-best time of 2hrs and 45mins. He finished second in the Over 45 category and 27th overall, while Tony completed the course in 3hrs and 3mins.
“You won’t see one of us without the other,” said Tony.
Niall Thompson of Killorglin was also competing in the event.
Tony is a member of the well-known Harty family of Waterford. His two brothers Phillip and William and sister Rebecca all raced for Ireland.
Tony took up running later than his siblings and contested his first marathon in 2015 when was 39-years-old.
Now 45 he cannot stop running and takes in at least two overseas marathons every year as well as Irish and local events.
“It is all part of the experience,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. Both he and Seamus have previously contested marathons in Barcelona, Valencia and Rotterdam and he intends to return to Spain in early December for another crack at the Valencia event.
He prepared for Sunday’s race by winning overall at the Churchtown 5-mile race in Cork last month and the Antrim Half-Marathon a few weeks ago.
“Vienna was very hot, up to 26 degrees, and lots of people were suffering,” he added. “Vienna was supposed to run in April but it got deferred. We prefer running in cooler conditions. Valencia will be around 10 degrees in December which is ideal.”
Jordan’s new role with St Paul’s
By Sean Moriarty Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club. Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level. The High Jumper then switched […]
By Sean Moriarty
Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club.
Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level.
The High Jumper then switched to track and field and qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics where he made history by becoming the first Kerry athlete to act as a flag bearer for an opening ceremony and lead an Irish team into an Olympic Stadium.
Now back home and preparing for the next Olympics in Paris, he has returned to his first love and will join the backroom staff at the local Division One basketball club ahead of their National League campaign which begins next month.
His father Jarlath Lee is head coach with St Paul’s.
“Jordan is joining us as our strength and conditioning coach,” Jarlath told the Killarney Advertiser.
Meanwhile, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club National League team will have a distinctive feel to it this year after securing the services of three overseas players it for the season ahead.
The club’s biggest signing is Canadian professional Ben Miller. It was originally hoped that the former two-time Manitoba Player of the Year would play for the local side last season but the pandemic got in the way and the National League was never played. However, he did play two training games this time last year before returning to Canada until travel restrictions lifted.
“He is a good guy, very approachable and very good with the young members,” Jarlath said.
The club has also signed Bulgarian International Emilian Grudov.
The 20-year-old has already represented his home country at U16, 18 and 20 level.
“He is young, athletic and very good offensively,” added Lee.
The returning Lithuanian Dianius Varanaukus completes the club international line up for the 2020/21 season.
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