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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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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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