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If you're looking at trying your hand at something new or even upskilling then an event next week may be just what you need.

Kerry College of Further Education and Training is holding its Open Week from tomorrow Monday (February 20) to Friday (February 24) at its campus locations in Tralee and Listowel.

Elaine O’Connor, Manager of the Admissions Office at Kerry College, is encouraging potential students, parents, and guardians to attend the campuses to see the range of courses and apprenticeships on offer.

Clash Road Campus are hosting their Open Day on Tuesday (February 21) from 10am to 7pm with a special event geared toward parents and guardians of young applicants that evening, from 5pm – 7pm.

Principal Stephen Goulding is delighted to announce that special guests Miriam Magner Flynn, CEO of Career Decisions, and James Leonard of The Two Norries will be speaking on the night.

He is also delighted to welcome visitors to the brand new Listowel Campus, at their Open Day Thursday (February 23) from 10am to 7pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to speak to members of staff, visit the brand new campus facility, and develop a relationship with this uniquely supportive and friendly campus.

The Monavalley Campus will be open all week and Campus Manager Con O'Sullivan is delighted to announce that they will be hosting a brand new careers information event on Monday next (February 20) from 6pm-8pm. This event is an ideal opportunity for day workers, career changers and returners to visit the campus and chat face to face with Admissions Officers, Part-Time/Evening Training co-ordinators, Business Support Unit, Adult Guidance Counsellors and Learner Support Teams.

The highly successful Apprenticeship Information Event will return again this year on Thursday (February 24) from 5pm-8pm. More than 30 employers will be exhibiting and available to answer questions on the night. This is a must see event for any aspiring apprentice.

Kerry College Killorglin Campus Manager, Aodhnait Carroll, will be onsite at the Monavalley Campus for all five days. The Killorglin Campus specialises in outdoor education and training and Aodhnait encourages anyone who has an interest in a career in the great outdoors to come along and explore what her campus has to offer. Visitors will get the chance to breath under water with a scuba respirator, try their hand balancing on a surf board, and test their skills walking on a tight rope.

Teachers, tutors, instructors, guidance and support teams, students, apprentices and employers will be on hand during Open Week to chat about career options and answer any career related queries visitors may have.

Second level school groups are invited to visit during the week. Guided tours of the campus will be held between the hours of 9am and 3pm daily. Times differ depending on the campus location. Tours can be booked through the Admissions Office on 066 7149696 or email

For a full schedule of events and times, visit

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Killarney to feature on TG4’s Country Music show

By Sean Moriarty A song about Killarney – once made famous by local Country Music hero Dermot Moriarty – will feature on TG4 tomorrow night (Tuesday). The second series of […]




By Sean Moriarty

A song about Killarney – once made famous by local Country Music hero Dermot Moriarty – will feature on TG4 tomorrow night (Tuesday).

The second series of the Irish channel’s County Music show ‘Viva Ceol Tire’, which highlights emerging Country Music talent in Ireland, airs every Tuesday night at 9.30pm.

The next programme will feature Donegal singer David James’ version of ‘Oh Killarney’.

The programme was filmed entirely on location in Killarney including Torc Waterfall, Ladies View Moll’s Gap and Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

“The song was written by Dennis Allen. However, it was a hit for Dermot Moriarty in the 1980s. The first time I heard it I loved it and I was thrilled with the reaction my version has got,” James, who is from the small village of Killean in Donegal, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s pretty rural but I love it. I’ll be in Country Music 10 years this May. My first gig was in the local GAA hall for my aunt’s 50th birthday. I was 14 and I’ve been at it ever since.”



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Five questions to ask yourself before buying a stock

By Michael O’Connor, When it comes to investing, nothing is certain. There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy. […]




By Michael O’Connor,

When it comes to investing, nothing is certain.

There are no perfect stocks to buy because there’s no way of predicting the future with 100% accuracy.

The truth is, investing is hard, and building a portfolio of top stocks that beat the market is something that even financial professionals have trouble doing consistently.

For most people, investing in index funds is the perfect hands-off approach, providing broad exposure to the stock market at a very low fee. Even my own personal portfolio is made up of roughly 70% ETFs despite the fact I invest in the market for a living.

But I believe some stock picking is a good strategy for many hands-on people.

Taking a small portion of your overall portfolio and diligently selecting a small number of companies to invest in gives you an opportunity to learn about the investing process and fully understand the businesses you are investing in, which helps to build conviction in your positions.

From a psychological standpoint “collector’s instinct” kicks in, enabling people to participate and invest more money over time.

Lastly, for Irish investors, there are tax benefits to consider. If you invest in individual stocks, you are taxed at the CGT rate of 33%, and the first €1,270 of your gains are exempt from CGT each year. When investing in index funds or ETFs, you are taxed at the exit tax rate of 41% with no annual exemption.

For those interested in picking individual stocks, here are five questions you should ask yourself before investing in any company.

Do I understand the business?

Too many people invest in businesses they don’t understand because it ‘sounds good’. If you have no idea how the company works, you won’t have the conviction needed to hold onto the stock when an inevitable downturn comes.

Can the balance sheet withstand severe, temporary adversity?

This seems obvious, but so many people invest in companies without understanding how much money a company holds and who they owe money to. Economic cycles are guaranteed. You must ensure that the company has enough cash-on-hand to avoid becoming obsolete when activity slows.

Will the company benefit from long-term trends?

Make sure the company will remain relevant into the future. If the stock is cheap now, it may be cheap for a reason.

Is the company enjoying profitable growth?

Not growth at all costs, but a combination of sustainable growth and value. All this information can be found online at sites like

What are the risk factors?

Is the company trying something new and untested? If yes, who are its competitors and how successful are they? If other players are more established, this company may have a tough time breaking into the market.


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