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CAO deadline to change course is approaching




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.


To make an Exceptional Late Application by the July 22 deadline, you will need to log on to, 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.


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 or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.



Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]




Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]




They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at

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