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Students prepare for College Awareness Week

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The Kerry Branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors is organising a Careers Fair and Parent Information Talks to mark College Awareness Week (CAW) this month.

Taking place from November 21 to November 25 the campaign promotes the benefits of a post-secondary plan for all and supports students to become ‘college ready’.

Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors will celebrate CAW by holding a Careers Fair on Thursday, November 24 in the MTU Kerry Sports Academy, North Campus, Tralee which is open to the public and all second level schools from 9am to 2pm and admission is €3. Universities and Technological Universities from throughout Ireland will have stands at the event as well as some colleges from the UK and Europe. Agricultural colleges, the National Learning Network, the Defence Forces, an Garda Síochána and organisations providing apprenticeships, traineeships and further education, such as Kerry College of Further Education & Training will also be present. Representatives from SUSI Grants, HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) will also attend. Information talks for students on PLCs and Apprenticeships will take place at various times during the day.

Several Information talks for parents will be held on Wednesday evening, November 23 also in the MTU Kerry Sports Academy. Parents are invited to attend whatever talks are relevant to their son/daughter.

Admission is free and they provide parents with the opportunity to support their son/daughter at this important time.

The times are as follows:

7pm: HEAR (Higher Education Access Scheme)
EUNICAS (Colleges in Europe)

8pm: DARE (Disability Access Route to Education)
UCAS: Information about studying in the UK

“We are delighted to be part of a nationwide campaign to promote the importance of post-secondary education," Mary Dowling, PRO of Kerry Branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, said.

"There are lots of options out there and College Awareness Week encourages people of all ages to consider further education as part of their future. The Careers Fair gives students an ideal opportunity to meet representatives from the colleges, pick up information and have any queries answered. The information talks will provide parents with the specific information they need to support their son/daughter in making this important decision and to help guide them through the HEAR and DARE schemes.”

CAW aims to inspire and inform all students about the importance of having a post-secondary education plan. It advocates for students to have the choice to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities and dreams, whether that is a FE qualification, an apprenticeship or a university degree.

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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