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Results are out – what’s next?




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

Results day has finally arrived - congratulations to the Class of 2021! After an exceptionally difficult senior cycle the wait is over to move on to the next exciting stage.

Whatever the outcome, celebrate what you have achieved in getting to this point. Over the next week there are lots of important events and deadlines to be aware of. Make sure to take note of them all and don’t miss them.

CAO Offers and Available Places

Round 1 CAO offers will be made available by email/text or by logging on to on September 7 from 2pm. To accept the offer you must reply by the 13th at 3pm or else the offer lapses. If you wish to defer a place, you do not accept the offer, you must contact the admissions office of the college immediately by email to apply for the deferral. You will find all details on deferral on the Round 2 offers will be issued on September 20 from 10am and further rounds will continue until Round 5 on October 12. The Available Places facility reopens on September 8 at 12.00. Available Places are places that remain unfilled in particular courses after the offers have been made and it is open to new and existing CAO applicants. Applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements for the course(s) and can ignore CAO points from earlier rounds. Further details can be found on

UCAS Applications

If you have applied to college in the UK through UCAS and have a conditional offer, September 8 is the final deadline for the conditions of your offer to be met. It is still possible to apply for college places in the UK by using the Clearing facility in UCAS which remains open until October 19. See for details.

Viewing of Scripts and Appeals

You are credited with the best result in each subject whether you opted for Accredited Grades or to sit the written paper. From 5pm on September 7 you will be able to access more detailed information about both sets of results via the Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP) on The data will include the marks awarded in written papers, orals, practicals, projects and coursework, as well as the various stages of the Accredited Grades process. This information will help you to decide whether or not to appeal a result in a subject. The appeals process is different for written papers and Accredited Grades. It is a good idea to view the scripts of your written papers before you apply to appeal a result. Applications to view scripts will open on September 7 at 5pm and will close at 5pm on the 8th. Depending on how they were corrected, scripts can be viewed online through the CSSP from 9am on September 11 or in the case of scripts corrected on paper it will take place in the school at an assigned time on the same date. If you decide you want to appeal a result, the application can be made through CSSP from 9am on September 11 and closes on the 13th at 12pm. A date for the result of the appeals is yet to be confirmed.

Alternative Maths Exams

Some students do not get a CAO Round 1 offer because they don’t meet an entry requirement. In the case of Maths, some colleges host Alternative Maths exams which gives students a second chance to gain entry to their chosen course provided they get the required grade. In some colleges the option is only open for specific programmes while in others it relates to any programme. The dates for these exams, some of which start as early as September 9, are available on and and further details on how to apply and prepare can be found on the specific college websites.

Several other pathways and options remain open to students at this stage including Post Leaving Cert Courses (PLCs), apprenticeships, traineeships, courses in the National Learning Network and of course repeating the Leaving Cert if you have the motivation to do so.

The National Parents Council Post Primary helpline 1800 265 165, is open up from 11am each morning up to Friday 10, where qualified guidance counsellors are on hand to answer queries from students and parents.

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 or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Eight month wait for a driving test in Killarney

A Killarney councillor is calling for action in an effort to reduce the driving test wait list in Killarney The current wait list for a test in Killarney sits at […]




A Killarney councillor is calling for action in an effort to reduce the driving test wait list in Killarney

The current wait list for a test in Killarney sits at eight months.

Cllr John O’Donoghue raised the issue at Monday’s full meeting of Kerry County Council.

He proposed that driving instructors should be employed to carry out the final test to reduce the current backlog.

At Monday’s meeting he asked that hat Kerry County Council would write to the Minister for Transport to ask him to consider giving driving instructors temporary powers to issue a temporary Driving Licence/Certificate of Competence to those on the waiting list for tests.

“The wait is currently far too long and the system is in danger of becoming completely overwhelmed,” he said.

“The huge waiting list for young drivers is well documented at this stage. In a case I am familiar with, a young person passed their theory test in January 2022 and he immediately applied for his mandatory 12 driving lessons. When these were completed, he applied for his driving test on the 2nd of December 2022. Some weeks ago, he still had not received an application to apply for his driving test. This wait is placing him and his family under considerable extra cost and stress which is completely unacceptable.”

In the course of his research into the matter Cllr O’Donoghue discovered that the next available date for a driving test in Killarney is May 25, 2024, while Tralee is June 3 2024.

“Bear in mind, these are only the dates on which you receive an invitation to book your test, the test itself will then be an estimated three to five weeks later.

“This is an appalling situation and one which needs to be rectified as a matter of urgency. I am proposing that driving instructors, which presumably are fully trained up on the rules of the road, be granted temporary powers to be allowed to issue temporary driving licences to young people. When the waiting list time has been reduced, I would still propose that these people sit the test as usual, but the current pressure needs to be alleviated as soon as possible. There is precedent as I believe that in the 1970s, a cohort in this country were issued driving licences without having sat a test as the wait time for the test was too long.”


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Ballymac charity vintage run on October 1

The Ballymac Vintage Club is hosting a classic car, tractor and Honda 50 run on October 1. The run will leave from and return to the Halfway Bar, Ballymac. Registration […]




The Ballymac Vintage Club is hosting a classic car, tractor and Honda 50 run on October 1.

The run will leave from and return to the Halfway Bar, Ballymac.

Registration begins at 9:30am and sets off at 11am.

“There will be two separate routes with one for tractors and the other for cars and motorbikes. Proceeds on the day are in aid of Castleisland Day Care Centre and we’ll have plenty of spot prizes to giveaway too in the morning,” said the club’s PRO Kieran Glover.


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