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Key updates for CAO applicants and Leaving Certs – by Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor

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It’s been a very busy couple of weeks for CAO applicants in the run up to February 1 - marking the normal closing date for applicants. If you haven’t applied yet and still wish to do so all is not lost. The late application facility opens on March 5 at an increased fee of €60 and closes on May 1 at 5.15pm. Some restrictions do apply. For the 79,303 applicants who applied by the February 1 deadline there are important deadlines to be aware of in the coming months.

 

Students applying to HEAR & DARE

The online forms must be completed by March 1 at 5.15pm and supporting documentation for both schemes must reach CAO by March 15 at 5.15pm. These deadlines are non-negotiable, so if you think you may be eligible and wish to apply make sure you do so well in advance of the deadlines. In the case of the DARE scheme some changes have been announced in the past week regarding supporting documentation. Recognising the difficulty that applicants and schools are facing because of school closures, two temporary changes have been made to Section B, the Educational Impact Statement. Schools can now electronically sign off students' supporting documentation and students who are applying with Specific Learning Difficulties can now use literacy or numeracy attainment test scores which are up to three years older than those originally sought (from 2016 instead of 2019). If you have any queries make sure to contact your guidance counsellor in school.

 

Mature Students

Applicants who are over 23 and applying as a mature applicant must complete the Mature Applicant Form by March 1 and supply supporting documentation within 10 days of making an application. Changes to courses can be made from today (Friday 5) at 12pm up to March 1 at 5.15pm by using the online facility to amend course choices at a cost of €10.

Restricted Courses

Students who wish to apply for ‘Restricted Courses’ and who haven’t done so by the February 1 deadline can do so from February 5 at 12 noon up to March 1 at 5.15pm for a fee of €10.

Taking up a deferred place

If you have deferred a college place from the 2020 CAO offers and wish to take up that place this year you must still apply to CAO in 2021 by ticking the deferred entry box. Place your deferred course as your first and only choice.

Language Exemptions

Make sure to check specific requirements of all the courses you are applying for. If you wish to apply for an exemption from Irish and/or a third language, you must contact the admissions office of the college to check how to apply. In the case of NUI colleges you will find the details on www.nui.ie. You must notify CAO of your exemption and then check that this information is included in the Statement of Application Record that you will receive in May.

Leaving Certs from 2020 who have received results from November exams

If your grades improve the State Exams Commission will notify CAO. Improved results will be communicated by CAO to the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) who will determine if you would have received an offer if these grades had been in place when CAO offers came out in 2020. If you are deemed eligible for an offer based on your improved results, the HEI will contact you to offer you a deferred place to take up in 2021 and you will be told how to take up this place - you will not be able to access your 2020 CAO account, all communication will come to you directly from HEIs, not CAO.

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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