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Students should prepare early for Third Level Costs – Killarney Credit Union

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With the latest round of CAO offers out this month, Killarney Credit Union is advising parents and students to call in now to discuss their college finance options.

With the average cost of living for a student in Ireland studying away from home for three years amounting to over €33,000, and those living at home amounting to €20,502*.  The Credit Union is recommending that parents call in and speak to a dedicated student loans officer to discuss their needs.

Speaking about third level costs, Helen Courtney Power, Business Development Officer with Killarney Credit Union, stated: “With the first round of CAO offers out on August 20, there is pressure on parents and students to quickly organise accommodation, pay student contribution charges and meet the array of costs associated attending college.

“We are recommending that parents and students come in early, discuss potential college finance needs and provide the necessary loan documentation. The member can then obtain pre-approval for the student loan, and they need not draw it down until its required. The amount required may also be adjusted later to suit the students course duration or college attended.

“Both parents and students can find meeting the costs of third level stressful and daunting and recent research have shown that approximately six-out-of-10 parents get into debt to cover college costs*,” Helen added.

Killarney Credit Union have put in place dedicated student loans officers for the month of August who can meet parents and students by appointment in each of their branches. Appointments can be made with Karena in the Beech Road branch, Donagh in the Park Road branch and Eileen in the Kenmare branch on 064 66 31344.

The Credit Union is also offering a third level bursary worth €4,000 for students attending third level for the first time. There are four opportunities to win, with the winners each receiving €1,000 each. It is open to all members of the Credit Union. Closing date is the Friday, September 21. Application forms are available online or in branches.

Further information on the third level costs and budget sheets can be found on www.killarneycu.ie

*Source: Cost of Third Level Survey, ILCU, August 2016

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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Muckross Road reopened after fallen tree cleared

By Sean Moriarty Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel. A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park. Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open. Kerry County Council and the ESB […]

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Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel.

A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park.

Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open.

Kerry County Council and the ESB are aware of the incident.

“Electricity wires are tangled up in that one so ESB will have to attend,” a Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can only clear these issues when it is safe to do so.”

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