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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors

As we head into the Easter holidays, Leaving Cert students are undertaking a busy and stressful week of oral exams and music practicals.

You are bound to feel exhausted at this point in the year so it’s all about pacing and priorities for the last stretch. Once you return to school after the break, you will have six and half weeks to the beginning of the exams on June 8. Before that you will have graduation to look forward to but it is very important that you make the best use of the class and study time you have left.

Priorities - rest, recharge and revision!

The orals, music practicals and any outstanding project work you need to complete should take priority for the first week of the holidays. Towards the end of the week, make out a revision plan to run from Easter Monday for the remainder of the holidays. You will definitely need to take a couple of days to recharge after a very busy term so take a breather over the Easter weekend, get some rest and enjoy some time with family and friends. Make a priority list of topics you want to revise in each subject and assign those topics to particular times on each of your study days. You will have learnt a lot from doing the mock exams about the structure of the paper, marking schemes and what the examiner is looking for. Build this into your revision from now on. Always finish your study sessions by looking at an exam question on the topic you have revised. It is also useful to look at exemplar answers. www.studyclix.ie is a real help for this.

Return to career research

The CAO Change of Mind facility will open on May 5 at 12pm and will remain open until July 1 at 5pm, so there is still plenty of time to finalise your choices and to look at alternative pathways. Your attention in the lead up to the exams and for a lot of June will be focused on performing as best you can in the Leaving Cert, so it can be difficult to find the time to focus on career choices. I highly recommend that you take some time over the Easter break to review your CAO course choices, making sure that you have placed them in order of preference. Explore all the options available in colleges for further education, many of which will allow you to progress onto higher education through CAO in subsequent years. Check out apprenticeship options which continue to expand across a variety of career sectors. Some study abroad options are still available for those who are interested. For students who need more of a supported transition into education, training or the workplace, check out the National Learning Network.

Go néirí libh in the orals and practicals. The end is in sight now so make the best of the Easter break and you will reap the rewards in June and on results day!

Niamh Dwyer is the chairperson of Kerry Branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. She is also the founder of My Career Plan, a careers advisory service for teenagers and adults. See www.mycareerplan.ie for details or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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