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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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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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IFTA nomination for Jessie Buckley

By Michelle Crean  Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week. Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week.

Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at a virtual IFTA awards ceremony which will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday, July 4.

Other well-known Irish actors up for awards include Brendan Gleeson for ‘The Comey Rule’, Paul Mescal for ‘Normal People’, Dervla Kirwan ‘Smother’ and Gabriel Byrne for ‘Death of a Ladies Man’.

Over the past few months during lockdown, the Irish Academy Members have been busy viewing, deliberating, and shortlisting the very best work from across great Irish films, performances, and achievements.

Nominations have been shortlisted by Irish Academy members alongside a specialist jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no physical IFTA Awards Ceremony until March 2022, in keeping with COVID guidelines and best international practice.

Further details about the show and the international guest participants will be announced shortly.

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