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Log into Student Portal to receive Calculated Grades

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Following the announcement by Minister for Education Norma Foley that the results of Calculated Grades will be issued to Leaving Cert students on Monday, September 7, the Calculated Grades Student Portal for such students is open until tomorrow (Monday July 27).

Through this portal, all Leaving Cert students will need to confirm that they wish to receive their Calculated Grades results on September 7. All students who registered from the Calculated Grades back in May should have received a text message about the opening of the Portal and it is critical to log on to www.gove.ie/leavingcertificate and confirm ahead of the deadline on July 27.

Following the release of the results, CAO Round 1 offers will be issued to applicants on Friday September 11. A 2020 CAO Offers and Acceptance schedule is now available on www.cao.ie/index.php?page=offerdates. The release of the results on September 7 does mean that they will also be available in time for any students who have applied to universities in the UK through the UCAS system.

Uncertainty

However, there is great uncertainty for students who have applied to European universities. The release of the Calculated Grades is likely to be too late for entry in some countries such as Denmark and the Netherlands, both of whom have become hugely popular for Irish students, as the deadline for submission of results is August 31. The advice for students who have applied is to contact the admissions office of the college directly as it is suggested by European University Central Application Support Service (EUNICAS) that some flexibility may by facilitated regarding the delay with Calculated Grade results. See www.eunicas.ie for the most up-to-date information on applications to Europe.

There has been widespread disappointment amongst students and parents that the results, which are usually issued mid-August, have been delayed by three weeks. There is particular concern around the pressure to organise accommodation and the uncertainty in relation to how the different colleges intend to deliver their programmes in the first semester. It remains to be seen if other colleges will follow the plan by UL to have students on campus for only one week in three. So, for the Class of 2020 as well as all students returning to third level institutions, this autumn uncertainty prevails.

Appeals

All students, whether they opted to receive the Calculated Grades or not, will have the option of taking the Leaving Certificate examination later in the year. It is hoped that they can be run in November but that is subject to public health advice at the time and it will be too late for students wishing to start their college courses in 2020. Any student who is unhappy with a Calculated Grade in any subject can seek an appeal and also opt to take the written exam in that subject. Applications for appeals will open on September 14.

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore & PRO of Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She can be contacted on careerfocusnow@gmail.com.

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Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]

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Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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