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Great excitement as up to one thousand attend jobs fair 

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By Michelle Crean

There was a feeling of excitement about the future as up to one thousand jobseekers turned up to today's (Wednesday's) jobs fair - to meet with potential new employers.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Pictured at the Jobs Fair in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday were: Camila Sciacca and Eilis Loughrey (HR Manager iNua Collection) talking about future job opportunities. Photo: Michelle Crean

VOLUNTEERS: Peter O'Toole (left) from the Mountain Meitheal and John Dwyer (right) from Killarney Tidy Towns pictured explaining about becoming a volunteer to Nataliia Sputai Olena Kuchura and Valentina Fediuehak at the Jobs Fair in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday. Photo: Michelle Crean

JOBS FAIR: Pictured at the Jobs Fair in the Great Southern Killarney (GSK) on Wednesday were: Joanne Griffin (Enterprise Officer SKDP) Paula Noguera Baro Milandi Basel (Group HR Director GSK) Fred McDonogh (Red Chair Recruitment) Inga Gedgaudaite (South West Engineering) and Katy Jacobi (Events Manager Killarney Chamber). Photo: Michelle Crean

BEER CAREER: Keelan O'Connor stopped by the Killarney Brewing and Distillery Company's stand at the Jobs Fair in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday where Ivan Ashe Muireann King and Paul Barrett chatted about a career in brewing. Photo: Michelle Crean

RECRUITMENT: Pictured at Wednesday's Jobs Fair in the Great Southern Killarney were Chloe O'Connor and Paddie Keogh from the O'Donoghue Ring Collection speaking to Alina Porovai and Sofia Burlakova about recruitment. Photo: Michelle Crean

Held in the Great Southern Killarney from 10.30am to 2pm, the South Kerry Jobs Fair, organised by South Kerry Development Partnership CLG in conjunction with Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, had more than 50 employers at their stands with over one thousand jobs on offer. Positions were available across all sectors with some employers having one hundred plus positions available to fill.

A number of other organisations who provide support services and educational opportunities for potential employees also took part in the event to ensure that all those who attended would be able to avail of all potential employment opportunities.

The event was aimed at helping jobseekers, many with a broad range of skills and backgrounds, meet directly with employers so that both sides could get to know each other in an informal setting.

Employers will now have the chance to follow-up with potentially suitable employees in the coming weeks.

SKDP’s Enterprise Officer Joanne Griffin said she was delighted with the turnout of both employers and potential employees at the event.

“There was a very short timeline towards organising this event and the response to it from everyone has been remarkable,” she said. “Between ourselves and the Chamber, we put a huge effort into organising the event and it was fantastic to see it was so well received by all.”

Speaking on behalf of the Killarney Chamber, Katy Jacobi said they were delighted to see a huge range of sectors represented on the day which was a huge enticement to the jobseekers to see the variety of employment opportunities available in the region at the moment.

Breda Flaherty of Dairymaster who was recruiting at the event said that she was delighted with the turnout and the calibre of potential employees.

“We got some very, very interesting and some very, very top quality CVs and there are definitely people we are interested in employing,” she said.

SKDP CEO Noel Spillane said that it was great that SKDP and the Killarney Chamber could link up in this pro-active way towards supporting both employers and potential employees in the region.

“We were delighted to work with the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce in organising this event and we hope to continue this partnership, both with the Chamber itself as well as its individual members, through our range of support services to assist the development of all business sectors in South Kerry."

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Niall Kelleher, said the business community was delighted with the turnout and very happy to be able to put jobseekers and employers in touch with each other.

“This event could well have provided the opportunity many people were waiting for to embark on a successful and enjoyable career,” he said.

Exhibitors on the day included Liebherr Container Cranes, Killarney, Kenmare and Cahersiveen Credit Unions, Gleneagle Group, Sheahan Group, Killarney Brewery, AA Euro Healthcare, Fexco, O’Carroll Engineering, Tricel, Kelliher’s Toyota, Azucko, Kerry College, MTU, Resilience, Smart Loans, Total Telecoms, O’Donoghue Ring Collection, Finance for You, Great Southern Hotel, Exocover, Southwest Engineering, Kerry Respite Centre, HSE, Home Instead, Dairymaster, AIB, Corcoran’s Furniture, Killarney Park and Ross Hotels, Cahernane House Hotel, Red Chair Recruitment, Ballyroe House Hotel, Fill A Shift, GMIB, Brand Geeks, Muckross Park Hotel and Spa, Mr Price, Aghadoe Heights Hotel, 10 Bridge Street, SICAP and Cork Kerry Community Healthcare.

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Top 10 Essential tips for Leaving Cert Students in lead up to June 5

The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting […]

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The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting year.

The natural anxiety felt by students is often heightened by the annual media hype around the state exams and it is really important that you do your best to manage that stress effectively, so that you are ready to perform to the best of your ability once the exams start. The following tips may help to keep you focused and a little calmer in the lead up to June 5.

1. Review, don’t cram – Focus on summary notes, flashcards, or mind maps. This reinforces what you’ve already studied. Prioritise areas where you feel less confident, but don’t try to learn new material.

2. Practise past papers – Review marking schemes and time allocation for each question you will need to answer on each paper. Practise a sample of questions against the clock. This will maximise your scoring potential.

3. Organise your materials – Check the exam timetable and highlight your own exams. Prepare the stationary that you need, gather pens, pencils, calculators, and so on. Pack your bag the night before to avoid last-minute stress.

4. Maintain a healthy balance – Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night. Proper rest is crucial for memory, concentration and stamina. Eat well, include proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs in your meals to maintain energy levels. Drink plenty of water, hydration is essential.

5. Try to manage stress – Schedule short breaks during study sessions and do something enjoyable and relaxing, like a short walk, playing or listening to music. Get fresh air and some light exercise. Use relaxation techniques like breathing exercise, mindfulness and meditation.

6. Focus on a positive mindset – Focus on your strengths and remind yourself of your preparation. Concentrate on what you know and not on what you think you don’t! Try to avoid negative self-talk and steer clear of discussions that heighten anxiety, such as comparing how much you’ve studied with friends.

7. Plan your weekend – Create a realistic timetable for the weekend, balancing study sessions with breaks and relaxation and don’t overdo the study. You need plenty of energy for the exams.

8. Stay connected – Talk to friends and family, if you are feeling overwhelmed reach out and get support from loved ones. If it’s helpful, have a short, focused study session with friends to clarify doubts.

9. Keep things in perspective – The Leaving Cert is important but won’t define you and regardless of what happens you have several options open to you. Try to reframe the media hype as the whole country getting behind you, for what they know to be a tough time for you.

10. Get Set for exam day – Double-check the venue, seating arrangements, and required materials for the day of the exam. On the evening before the exam, do a light review of key concepts but avoid heavy studying. Ensure you know how to get to the exam venue and plan to arrive early (at least 30 mins on the first day). Decide what you’ll wear to avoid rushing in the morning and have your water and snacks ready to go.

Above all else, give the exams your best shot! Once they are over you have a lovely ‘study-free’ summer and bright future to look forward to. Go n-éirí libh ar fad, the very best of luck to each and every one of you!

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Disability toilets for Killarney Library

Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year. Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting. She said: […]

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Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year.

Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting.
She said: “Application has been made for funding to the Department. As soon as the funding is approved, work will commence on the provision of Disabled Toilet Facilities.
“While ramps are installed for accessibility, it is unacceptable that any public building be without disabled toilet facilities in this day and age.
“I am aware of several people with a disability who constantly use the services of the Library and are very happy with the staff and the services that Killarney Library offers but are disappointed at the lack of disabled toilets.”
“I will be keeping the pressure on to have these facilities provided as soon as possible.”

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