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The wait is almost over for Leaving Cert results

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

There is no doubt that the path to the Leaving Certificate has been challenging for the Class of 2022 but the end to that journey is in sight with results to be issued on Friday, September 2.

Students will be able to access results online, through the Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP) from 10am and will also have the option of receiving them in school. To access results online you will need your examination number, CSSP password and PPS number.

This is an extremely anxious time for students and parents. Leaving Certificate results’ day is a significant milestone, marking the end of secondary school and the beginning of the next part of the journey. It is important however to keep the results in perspective and remember that the results neither define you nor prevent you from realising your potential in your chosen pathway after school. Where possible it can be a real comfort to have a parent/guardian, sibling, relative or friend with you when getting the results as it is a day that is filled with lots of different emotions. When you receive your results, you will see the subject, level and grade achieved such as H1, H2, H3, 02, 03 and so on. You will not see actual percentages, the breakdown of marks or the points achieved. If you wish to calculate your points you can do so on the Careers Portal Leaving Cert CAO Points Calculator App, so it is a good idea to download that to your phone beforehand.

Access to Examination Data and Viewing of Scripts

Once the results have been issued there are very important dates and deadlines which students must be aware of. From 12pm on Tuesday, September 6 all students will get access to their examination data through the CSSP. This will include a detailed breakdown of marks in each subject, including each component of the paper such as practicals, project work, orals and so on. You will then have the option to apply to view your examination scripts. Detailed marking schemes for each subject will also be made available to all students. The timeline to apply to view the script is very short. Leaving Certificate students can apply online only via the CSSP from 5pm from Tuesday, September 6 until Wednesday, September 7 at 8pm while LCA students must apply by email. It is important to view exam scripts if you are considering appealing any subject results. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) have stated that all deadlines are strict and final.

A detailed Candidate Information Guide to Results and Appeals will be emailed to all students before the results on Friday September 2. This will include information on which examinations were corrected manually and which were corrected online. Scripts in subjects which were marked online will be available to view online between 9am on Saturday September 10 and 12pm on Sunday September 11. Scripts in subjects which were marked manually will be available for viewing in the schools. Students will be assigned to one of three sessions on Saturday September 10, 9am – 11am, 12pm – 2pm or 3pm – 5pm.

Applications to Appeal

Once students have viewed examination scripts and marking schemes for their subjects, there is the option to apply to appeal the results. Applications to appeal can be made through the CSSP from 9am on Saturday, September 10, up to 12pm on Monday the 12th. It is very important to look carefully at the scripts before applying as it is possible for students to be downgraded as well as upgraded on appeal. No date has been issued for the results of appeal by the SEC, this will be confirmed once the number of applications to appeal are known.

Second-chance Maths exam to meet CAO course requirements

Some HEIs offer students who have not received the required minimum grade in Maths for their chosen course, the opportunity to sit an alternative Maths exam. These exams usually take place in the week after the Leaving Cert results are issued. Details of the HEIs which run these exams can be found in the ‘Important Dates’ section of the CAO website and information on specific dates, exam structure and links to apply are available on the individual HEI websites.

As well as the timeline for results and appeals, the coming weeks will also see the beginning of the CAO offers with Round 1 offers out on September 8 at 2pm. This means that while you will find out results on Friday the 2nd, there is still an anxious wait to learn about what college places you are to be offered. The most important thing to reflect on coming up to the results is that there is not just one pathway open to students - but several. You should celebrate reaching this milestone, safely and appropriately, and be assured that regardless of what results you get, there is a bright future ahead.

Helplines

If you need to contact the SEC around the time of the results, call 090 6442702 or email candidateportal@examinations.ie.

A dedicated SEC Candidate Helpline will also be available.

The National Parents Council Post Primary (NPCPP) will also be running their annual helpline which is supported by qualified guidance counsellors from September 2 to 14 from 2pm-8pm. Students, parents and guardians can contact the Freephone number on 1800 265 165.

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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Kerry base confirmed for Rás Mumhan

By Sean Moriarty Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster. The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster.

The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in Castleisland and will run from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

The final route has not yet been revealed but it is expected to follow a similar path to the 2022 edition.

Last year, due to organisational difficulties, the Rás Mumhan committee asked local clubs to take charge of each day of the race.

Killarney Cycling Club hosted the Easter Saturday leg of the race, including managing the stage start in the town centre, the Category One mountain climb at Bealach Oisin Pass and the stage finish in Sneem.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Easter and we wish all the riders the best of luck in their preparations for the event. Further details to follow as they are confirmed,” said Race Secretary Sinéad Moriarty.

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Showcasing Killarney to an influential audience

Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night. It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it […]

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Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night.

It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it was also a perfect opportunity to show the best of Killarney. Held in the Plaza Hotel, it was hosted by Kerry Skal President Michelle Rosney who used the occasion to highlight the best of Killarney’s performing arts talent, cuisine and locally produced drinks. There were special performances on the night by singers and dancers from St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School and the West End House School of Arts who brought The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, back to life for one night only to deliver a passionate dramatisation of a famous speech. Skal is the largest international hospitality networking organisation in the world with 13,000 members in 308 clubs in almost 90 countries. Fáilte Ireland Chairman Paul Carty said in his speech that the contribution Killarney has made to the Irish tourism industry should not be underestimated. He added that the tourism industry supports over 3,500 jobs in Killarney and over 7,000 in the rest of Kerry. He said the hard work put in by tourism professionals in Killarney over the years is paying off and when Fáilte Ireland surveyed hundreds of domestic and international tourists, at the height of the season last August, they couldn’t speak highly enough of their experience with 97 percent saying they were very satisfied. “The national figure is 90 percent so Killarney is actually seven percent higher than the national average and that’s truly exceptional,” he said. Over 55 percent of visitors to Killarney also spend time in other parts of Kerry and towns, like Dingle, Kenmare and Tralee, and really benefit from the spin-off.

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The Fáilte Ireland chairman said his organisation is acutely aware what Killarney has faced in recent years and the challenges it currently faces and every support possible will be provided to help.

Mr Carty said Fáilte Ireland last year launched a destination experience and development plan for Killarney and that will see the town reach its full potential through sustainability and the development of year-round tourist attractions.

He said costs were also a big concern with energy bills, in particular, going through the roof and putting businesses under serious pressure.

Staffing was another serious problem for the industry as so much talent was lost during the pandemic.

“An awful lot of great people left our industry and they’re not coming back, so there is a great shortage,” he said, adding that Fáilte Ireland was working hard to overcome the difficulties being experienced.

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