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Coping with losing a job



The gradual reopening of the economy here in Ireland and globally highlights the economic consequences of COVID-19.


Some businesses are making the difficult decision not to reopen resulting in unemployment for thousands of individuals. The impact of losing your job or being made redundant is felt financially and personally. For many people a job is more than financial security, it facilitates the sharing of your skills and knowledge with others, building up a range of experiences in your role and gives you the chance to socialise with colleagues and customers. The void following losing a job can be felt deeply both personally and professionally. It is important to give yourself time to process how you are feeling about it and then try to put a plan in place.

Coming to terms with the job loss can take some time. It is a time of personal transition. It is important to focus on firstly building back up your confidence.

The following suggestions may help that process along:


Write down how you are feeling about what is happening. Getting it down on paper validates the impact of the loss.

Talk to a good listener:

Choose a family member, friend or professional who will be understanding and empathic.
Think about everything you have learned personally and professionally from your role. Even if you are feeling negative about employment possibilities at the moment you will always have the skills, knowledge and experience which you can use in a much greater variety of settings than you may have thought possible. Try to look at this loss as an opportunity to re-evaluate your career, re-assess your skills set and adapt to a rapidly changing world of employment.

Personal Career Action Plan

Once you have given some time to the aforementioned process it is hugely helpful to put a personal career plan into action to facilitate getting back to work. Over the coming weeks we will look at the steps involved in that process including the following; Implementing a structure for job hunting; Outlining your core skills and creating a professional profile; Identifying your ideal role; Networking, updating your CV and cover letter; and preparing effectively for face-to-face and online interviews.

Springboard courses – Applications now open

The Government has just launched this year's free and subsidised higher education places which focus on areas of skills shortages. 13,000 places will commence in 2020, with the additional 4,000 places coming on stream over the remaining two years. For people who are unemployed, those looking to return to the workforce and those in employment with a great opportunity to up-skill or re-skill in areas in which employers need skilled workers. Places are available on courses in a wide range of skills areas, including artificial intelligence, smart factory technology, sustainable energy, medical device technology and cybersecurity. The courses are providing relevant skills for those affected by the COVID-19 crisis and range from Level 6 (Certificate) to Level 9 (Masters) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). But not all courses are full awards. Many are 12 months in duration and lead to minor awards or special purposes awards. Further details about eligibility, courses available and how to apply can be found on

A series of podcasts based on courses, application tips and interviews with graduates of Springboard courses is available on and is well worth a listen for those considering up-skilling and returning to education as an adult.

Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore & PRO of Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She can be contacted on



Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]




The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.


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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]




The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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