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

The College Open Day season for the Class of 2022 kicks off tomorrow (Saturday) with NUI Galway.

From now up to mid-December, almost every week will see one of the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) or the Agricultural Colleges showcase what they have to offer to potential students. For this year, the majority will be virtual, just like last year, but University of Limerick will host their open days on October 29 and 30 and have yet to confirm whether theirs will be virtual or on campus. Either way, College Open Days give students and parents a great chance to find out lots of interesting and detailed information about courses of interest and the many supports available.

To get the best of the experience register in plenty of time on the college website where you will find a full timetable of events for the day. It is useful to have a good look at the course detail on the college website before the virtual open day and make note of any specific questions you have, as you will get the opportunity to put those to the speakers during the talk through the ‘chat’ function. Make sure you download whichever App or platform is being used by the college to host the virtual open day to your device ahead of time. In most cases the virtual event will include a campus tour as well as talks on specific courses, grants and finance, student services and supports, as well as access programmes such as HEAR (Higher Education Access Route to Education) and DARE (Disability Access Route to Education). Specific talks for parents are also a feature. In most cases the talks will be available on college websites after the events so you will get to look back at them if you miss them. But if at all possible allocate the time to watch them live, as it is hard to find the time to do so after the event. Many are hosted on Saturdays. You will find a complete list of the open days on the event calendars on www.qualifax.ie and on www.careersportal.ie.

October Open Days are as follows:

Agricultural Colleges (Teagasc): Ballyhaise and Kildalton (1st), Mountbellow (6th), Salesian and Palaskenry (7th), Clonakilty (8th) and College of Amenity Horticulture, Botanic Gardens (13th).

Higher Education Institutions: NUI Galway (2nd), University College Cork (9th), Shannon College of Hotel Management (19th), St Angela’s College, Sligo (22nd), Mary Immaculate College (27th), and University of Limerick (29th and 30th).

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, and Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She is also a Careers Advisor - For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Pedestrianisation poll: Our readers have their say

By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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