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Finalise CAO choices ahead of Change of Mind deadline on July 1

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The final CAO Change of Mind deadline is on July 1st at 5pm and it will not be possible to make changes after this deadline!

It is really important that you take some time to look at the details of your CAO application, particularly your course choices. To use the Change of Mind facility you simply log on to www.cao.ie, click on ‘My Application’ and log in with your CAO number, date of birth and account password.

You can add, take out and amend your course choices with the exception of ‘Restricted’ courses which can’t be added in at this stage.

There are exceptions to this in that you may be permitted to introduce a restricted course which shares the exact same assessment procedures with a course you had applied for by 1st February at 5pm - you should consult with the relevant Higher Education Institution (HEI) before introducing such a course.

At this stage work through the following guide when reviewing you details in your CAO application

Check that all your details are correct including personal details, qualifications & assessments (including educational and exemption) details and course choices.

Include courses on both categories, Level 8 & Level 7/6. This gives you the best chance of getting 2 offers when the Round 1 Offers come out (the top choice that you qualify for on each list). You will then have to choose which one you prefer.

Fill in as many of the 20 choices as you can. You have the option to fill up 10 on both sides which gives you 20 chances of getting a college place.

Check the Alert Lists on www.cao.ie. Some very interesting new courses have been added in several colleges since the CAO Handbook was published last September.

Take out courses that you are no longer interested in.

Research the detail of every course that you are including on your CAO application – take particular note of entry requirements and modules so that you choose courses which you are able for and interested in and that suit how you learn. This cuts down on the chance of making the wrong choice.

List your courses in ORDER OF PEFERENCE. This is the golden rule of CAO. No one knows what the points will be for 2023 until the day the Round 1 offers come out on August 30 and equally you won’t know your Leaving Cert results until they are issued on August 25.

My advice is don’t try to second guess either of them and before 5pm on July 1st make sure that your course choices are list in ORDER OF PREFERENCE! This means listing your favourite course in your favourite college first, your second favourite next and so on down to number 10.

Include courses that you are confident of getting – ‘banker courses’, but make sure you are interested in the course content. There is no point in filling all your choices with courses that tend to come in over 500 points if your target is 400 so be sensible about your choices. In 2022, a total of 1,203 courses came in at 400 points or under and 1,034 came in at under 350 points so there are plenty of options available.

An Exceptional Late Application deadline applies only to existing 3rd level students who want to change courses and re-apply for new course choices through CAO. The closing date for such applications is July 22nd at 5pm.

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore and a member of Kerry Branch of IGC. See www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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