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New Killarney course a first in Ireland

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By Michelle Crean

Kerry College have announced an all-new 39 week long full-time programme in Ecology & Practical Fieldwork Skills – which will be based in Killarney National Park.

A unique course in a unique location - it is the only course of its type in the country starting on Monday, November 16.

This full-time QQI Level 5 Major Award will be run by Killarney National Park Education Centre in conjunction with Cappanalea (The National Centre for Outdoor Education and Training), with activities and fieldwork being carried out in the Knockreer Demesne and the many and varied habitats of the National Park.

There are only 10 places available on the course and interviews will take place on Thursday, November 5 and Friday 6.

“This Ecology & Practical Fieldwork Skills course is a highly practical programme and is a great starting point for anyone looking to pursue a career in Ecology, Botany, Wildlife Management, Forestry, Conservation, or other related sectors. Of course, our graduates may also choose to progress to third-level,” course leader Chris Barron explained.

Kerry College Admissions Officer John Herlihy is looking forward to the first intake:

“This is a fantastic new course for the Killarney area, especially at a time when so many people are re-connecting with the outdoors environment … and where better to be based for a course like this than in the 11,000 hectares of the magnificent Killarney National Park.”

Applicants need to be over 16 years of age, with a minimum of a QQI Level 4 Major Award, Leaving Certificate or equivalent, have good numerical and communication skills and a strong interest in the environment.

Full details ww.kerrycollege.ie/full-time-courses/ecology-practical-fieldwork-skills/.

For information on the qualification, the course or the fieldwork activities, contact Chris Barron at Killarney National Park Education Centre by telephone on 064 6635960 or email chris.barron@staff.kerryetb.ie.

For information on how to apply, contact Kerry College Admissions Office by telephone on 066 714 96 96 or by email: info@kerrycollege.ie.

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Killarney allocated over €600,000 for public outdoor dining

By Sean Moriarty The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week. On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications. Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body. […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week.

On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications.

Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body.

“The aim of this Scheme is to support tourism and hospitality jobs and help businesses develop new ways of catering for domestic and international tourists outdoors. Access to outdoor dining facilities will continue to be a key part of industry recovery as we look forward to 2022 and beyond,” said Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin at Wednesday’s announcement.

Elected members of Killarney Municipal District are scheduled to meet in the coming weeks and more details of the project will be revealed after this meeting.

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Student grants and renting

Supports Available It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant […]

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It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant which may cover the fees (student contribution) and provide maintenance.

The limits that apply to the grant vary, but if the student was coming from a family with less than four dependent children, in order to qualify for the maximum rate of grant the total net income in the previous tax year would have to have been €39,875 or less. That refers to both the parent’s income and the student’s income, however €4,500 of the student’s income which they earn outside term time e.g. during the summer will be disregarded.

PUP

If the student was getting the PUP payment because they lost their part-time job due to the pandemic, this is taken into account. Currently there are no disregards allowed for PUP payments. If there is more than one student attending college from the same household, the limit may be increased by €4,830.

Maximum Student Grant

There are actually two different maximum rates of grant. There are referred to as the adjacent and non-adjacent rate. The adjacent rate is for students living within 45km of the college and the non-adjacent rate is for students living more than 45km from the college. The adjacent rate is €3,025. The non-adjacent rate is €1,125. There has always been a special higher rate of grant for disadvantaged students.

Student Assistance Fund

Yes, separate from the Student Grant from SUSI the colleges have access to the Student Assistance Fund. Students can apply directly through their college for assistance with expenses such as books or laptops. Typically, this involves completing an application form and going for a short interview in the college. There are no set amounts of funding under this scheme. The college will assess each application on its own merits.

Renting for the First Time

Don’t be tempted to pay a deposit or sign a tenancy agreement until you have seen the property. If you are signing a tenancy agreement check if you want to live in the property for the time period stated on the agreement, check for early break clauses. Make sure you have correct contact details for the landlord. If you chose to leave the property early you may lose your deposit.

Deposits

The landlord should only retain the deposit or part of it to cover any damage to the property beyond normal wear and tear. The tenant should take pictures of the property before they move out as evidence of the condition they left the property in.

Rents

There are different rules depending on whether the property is in a Rent Pressure Zone or not. A Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ)  is an area where rents cannot be increased by more than general inflation. At the beginning of a new tenancy in a RPZ, a landlord is required to provide the tenant, in writing, with the amount of rent that was last set. For a tenancy not located in a Rent Pressure Zones a landlord may increase the rent in line with market value once every two years.

For anyone needing information, advice or have an advocacy issue, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information team in Kerry on 0761 07 7860. The offices are staffed from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, email tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie for further information.

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