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CAO Change of Mind deadline today (Wednesday)

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The CAO Change of Mind deadline is today (July 1) at 5.15pm and is very much on the minds of the Class of 2020.

 

This is the last opportunity for you to make changes to the courses you hope to pursue in the autumn. After what has been an exceptionally difficult year filled with much uncertainty it is important at this stage to review once again the choices you have included for Level 8 and Level 7/6 courses. Take note of the following tips in your review:

List your courses in Order of Preference:

This is the golden rule. None of us have a crystal ball to see what the points will be for the various courses or what results you will get.

Include courses on both sides of the CAO (Level 8 and Level7/6). This gives you the best chance of getting two offers when the Round 1 Offers come out after the Leaving results are issued (the top choice you qualify for on each list). You will then have to choose which one you prefer.

Fill up as many courses as you can. You have the option to fill up 10 on both sides, giving you 20 possible options for college in the new academic year. You can add in courses at this stage that were not on your original application but ‘Restricted Courses’ cannot be added in at this stage.

Ensure you research in detail any course that you are including on your CAO application – check entry requirements, modules, placement opportunities and career options from the course. Make use of the extensive information that is available online currently and from the last couple of weeks from the different faculties in the various colleges. This takes the format of webinars and live Q&A sessions. Many of the sessions have been recorded and are available on the college websites and various social media platforms so check out the colleges you are considering. These are invaluable as they include testimonials from students who are studying or have completed the courses recently and the expertise of college lecturers.

HEAR/DARE Application Outcomes:

Those of you who applied for the HEAR and/or the DARE Schemes will have received notification of the outcome of your applications on Tuesday last, June 23 via your cao.ie account and email. If you have any queries as a result of those outcomes you can contact the relevant staff in the various colleges on the following links, www.accesscollege.ie and www.accesscollege.ie.

As the class of 2020, you have had the most turbulent of years as Leaving Cert students. So much has been taken out of your control including the exams! That said the most important decision is still very much in your hands. You have full control of the choices you decide to put in your CAO applications and the other applications you make to Colleges of Further Education and apprenticeships. Make sure it’s an informed decision and allow whatever changes you need to before the deadline.

Exceptional Closing Date:

Subject to some exclusions and the usual conditions for Change of Mind, if you are currently an undergraduate student in any year of any of the Higher Education Institutes (HEI) and you entered that HEI through the CAO system in the first place, you may submit a Change of Mind, in paper form only, to arrive in CAO by July 22 at 5.15pm. The Change of Mind form must be stamped by the Admissions Office of the HEI where you are a student.

Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore & PRO of Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors.

Parents or students with queries on the Change of Mind or other career options can email Niamh on careerfocusnow@gmail.com or text/phone 087 9801105.

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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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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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