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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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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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