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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance CounsellorsThe CAO Exceptional Late Deadline for undergraduate students who want to apply to change course is this coming Thursday (July 22) at 5.15pm.

This applies only to applicants who are registered as an undergraduate student on May 1, 2021 in any year in any one of the participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), with some exclusions. It does not apply to students who dropped out of their course before May 1. You will be required to supply the CAO with evidence to verify that you were registered as an undergraduate student on May 1. You may submit a late application only for entry to courses other than your existing course. If you wish to repeat the year in the same course, you must arrange this within your HEI. Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Marino Institute of Education, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, Maynooth University and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology have special procedures in place in the case of current or previous students who wish to apply for entry to another course in the same HEI. Such applicants must contact their Admissions Office to check the application procedure. However, if you are a student in another HEI and you wish to apply to any of these six HEIs, you should apply through CAO. Also, if you did not enter your current course through the CAO system, you must first contact the Admissions Office of the HEI to which you wish to apply, and they will inform you if you may submit an application direct to the institution.
 

EXCEPTIONAL LATE APPLICATION

To make an Exceptional Late Application by the July 22 deadline, you will need to log on to www.cao.ie, click on Apply, and follow the instructions. Please note that the directions are different to how you would have applied to CAO when originally applying. You will be required to download a ‘Course Choice Form’ which you complete with your course choices listed in genuine order of preference. You will need to get an email from the HEI you have been attending so make sure you allow plenty of time to get this as it needs to be printed and posted to CAO along with the ‘Course Choice Form’ to arrive in CAO no later than July 22 at 5.15pm. CAO will email a Statement of Application Record to you after the closing date, once your application has been recorded. If you have not received this statement by August 6, please contact CAO immediately.

FEES AND FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are financial implications when you change course as you are likely to be liable to pay full tuition fees for at least one year of the new course. If you have been in receipt of the SUSI grant or other funding, that is also likely to be effected, so the best thing to do is to contact the Fees Office in the HEIs that you are applying for. By checking how much you will be liable to pay you will be able to plan your finances more effectively and this may influence your decisions about living arrangements for the upcoming year.

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, and Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She is also a Career Consultant - For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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