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Tim O’Shea and Friends’ ‘mini-world tour of Kerry’ continues…..

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THEY packed St Mary’s Church of Ireland on Main Street last Saturday night and now Tim O’Shea and Friends are tuning up to set toes tapping yet again this weekend. St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Main Street, will host the Irish folk and traditional music group again tomorrow night, Saturday, August 5, at 8pm.

But if you just can’t wait to see them this weekend, head for St James’, Listowel, where the Another Skin Too Few show rolls into town this evening at 8pm.
Tim’s musical friends are Rosie Healy (Headford) on flute/whistle/vocal) and Mike Kelliher (Fossa), on accordion/harmonica/melodeon. “The concert features new music recently recorded and released on our new CD ‘Another Skin Too Few’ which remembers some of our finest Kerry musicians, sadly no longer with us,” said Tim.

Their settings and arrangements of a wealth of tunes are now preserved, some well-known, and some not-so-well-known traditional melodies. “The musicians remembered are Con Durham (Dublin and Dingle) who lived most of his life on the Dingle peninsula and played uilleann pipes and whistles; John Cronin (Aghadoe and New York), a fine accordion player, and Stephen Carroll (Maulykevane) who also played accordion,” said Tim.

“The legendary fiddler Paddy Cronin of (Kiskeam and Boston), who spent over 40 years in America, also contributes a tune to the collection. There is an original poem and spoken word piece, recounting a visit to Kerry from Belfast poet Adrian Fox, set to the music of Sigerson Clifford.”

Tim O’Shea contributes and original song in honour of Con Durham, and also, two Scottish songs picked up by Tim on his travels. So all in all a great local night, of local music, played by local musicians, spanning the generations, in one of Killarney’s most iconic and historic, beautiful acoustic spaces. Everyone welcome.

Gigs will also take place during Puck Fair, Killorglin, on August 11, and back to St Mary’s Killarney Church of Ireland again for Culture night on September 22. Waterville’s Tech Amergin on September 23, is also part of the group’s “mini world your of Kerry”.
 


 
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Tim O’Shea with Rosie Healy and Mike Kelliher.

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Important date reminders about CAO applications

The normal closing date for CAO applications is on February 1 at 5pm, so it is really important that any students applying from Leaving Certificate, Further Education or as Mature Applicants are clear on the deadlines and application process. Before you start make sure to look at the CAO handbook which is available as in […]

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The normal closing date for CAO applications is on February 1 at 5pm, so it is really important that any students applying from Leaving Certificate, Further Education or as Mature Applicants are clear on the deadlines and application process.

Before you start make sure to look at the CAO handbook which is available as in interactive flipbook or to download from www.cao.ie, which also has a lot of resources to help applicants and parents.

To register, log on to www.cao.ie and click on Apply, it will ask you first to input your personal and contact details along with the category of applicant you are. Once you create a password and submit payment you receive you CAO number which means you are registered. It is advisable to go through the Demo Version of the CAO form first which is available on their website in the ‘Student Resources’ section.

Applicants who register before January 20 at 5pm will be charged the discounted application fee of €30, which increases to €45 up to February 1. Once you have registered you have until February 1st to add and change your courses, free of charge. On May 5, the Change of Mind facility will open and you will have the change to change your courses, with certain restrictions, up to July 1 at 5pm.

Course choices

You have the option of filling in 20 courses in total – 10 choices on level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degrees) and 10 on level 7/6 (Ordinary Bachelor Degrees / Higher Certificates) and it is advisable to fill as many as you can to give yourself the best chance of being offered a place on a course you like.

It is essential though that you research carefully all the courses you are going to include. Often students are careful about their first couple of choices but don’t research the courses that are further down the list well enough. Don’t make this mistake. Every course you put down should be one that you are genuinely interested in and willing to do so consider all options carefully. The majority of level 7/6 courses have progression routes onto level 8.

Order of Preference

This is the golden rule of the CAO and a very common mistake made by students every year. Always put down your courses in order of preference, not in the order of the points from the previous year. Points for courses change each year and you will not know the points for 2022 until the day that the Round 1 offers are issued by CAO, which is usually a couple of days after the Leaving Cert results come out. Also you don’t know what points you are going to get until those results come out and it will be too late to make changes to your CAO application at that stage.

Restrictions for the February 1 deadline

While you will get the opportunity to change your course choices later in the year, there are certain restrictions to take note of regarding the February 1st deadline. If you are applying for ‘restricted courses’ they must be added in by February 1as they require some other form of assessment apart from Leaving Cert points such as an aptitude test or a portfolio.

Such assessments are usually carried out between February & April. Students who are applying for Medicine must apply to do the HPAT by January 21 on https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/.

Any students applying for the HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) or DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) schemes must have applied to CAO by February 1.

You then have until March the 1st to complete those applications and up to March 15 to have supporting documentation sent to CAO (see www.accesscollege.ie). In the case of mature applicants, most HEIs (Higher Education Institutions) require applications to be in by the February 1 deadline.

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 Career Consultant – For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or email info@mycareerplan.ie

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