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TRIBUTES: Beaufort and Castletownbere are in shock following the sudden passing of Garda Aidan Cremin. Photo: Adrigole GAA

By Sean Moriarty

Beaufort and the wider Killarney area is in mourning following the sudden passing of Garda Aidan Cremin.

Aidan grew up in Beaufort and attended St Brendan’s College in Killarney, and worked in Moriarty's Photographic Store for many years before he became a Garda. He was stationed in Castletownbere Haven in West Cork, where he served as the community Garda for the Adrigole area.

He had been living in West Cork for the last 13 years where he was a popular member of the tight-knit community, especially in GAA circles, where he was an active member of the local Adrigole club.

He was affectionately known as ‘The Sherriff’ to friends and colleagues, while in GAA circles he was known as ‘The Kingdom-Rebel’.

“Anything GAA related Aidan was there. While he was never a man that looked for praise or recognition, he was always quietly working away in the background of many fundraising events or events run by the club. He was an active volunteer in our annual club festival, to which he brought so many ideas to the table when it came to different fun and games events we ran as part of the weekend for young and old,” said a club statement. “His loss is going to be immense to us as a club and a parish and something we will feel for many years to come. He has, however, left a huge legacy for which we will be eternally grateful to him for.”

Local GP Fiona Kelly, who is also well-known in Killarney for her role as Chief Medical Officer for the annual Rally of the Lakes, said he would be a huge loss to the Beara Peninsula area and beyond. She knew him both professionally and personally as they have been friends since he arrived in Beara in 2008.

“He immersed himself in the community, he was one of us and was loved by everyone,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “The GAA was his passion and he ate, slept and breathed it. He did trojan work for the community and could be found training young lads in hail, rain or sunshine. He was never a man who looked for the limelight and did incredible work behind the scenes, fundraising and organising club activities.”

A book of condolence is open at the Garda Station in Castletownbere. Aidan is survived by his mother Eileen and brothers Séan, Michael, Brian and Padraig.

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Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore. For more careers information see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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

The College Open Day season for 2023 entrants starts in earnest in early October.

From then on, the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and Agricultural colleges will showcase what they have to offer to potential students. Further Education Colleges tend to host their open days from January onwards. Thankfully HEIs are back to hosting in-person open days but many are offering more specific information sessions on particular courses and departments virtually. College Open Days give students and parents a great chance to find out lots of interesting and detailed information about courses of interest and the many supports available, as well as giving the opportunity to get a feel for the college by availing of campus tours. You will find a complete list of the open days in the events sections of www.qualifax.ie and on www.careersportal.ie so take some time to make a list of the ones you want to attend.

Prepare and plan 

Do some basic research on the courses on offer. Check the entry requirements for each course of interest as you will need to meet these to be eligible to compete for a place on the course. Check out the modules and whether Erasmus or travel abroad options are available, as well as work placement. Don’t ignore a course or open day because you don’t expect to get enough points. You may do far better than you anticipate.
Have a good look at the college website – register for the open day in advance, download the schedule of talks and make note of the ones you want to attend. Make sure to download a map of the campus so you know exactly where to find the talks and presentations of interest. Jot down any questions you have as you will hopefully get a chance to talk to college staff and/or current students. Plan to arrive in plenty time as there are likely to be very large crowds attending. On the day, try to gather information about accommodation, clubs and societies and student supports. Many HEIs run talks for parents and on grants, HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) so check them out. Make sure to get contact details for any staff members which may be important later for follow-up questions.

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There is nothing like a College Open Day to give you a sense of what the campus feels like. Soak up the atmosphere and consider if the size of the campus is the best fit for you. Larger campuses can be intimidating for some students while exciting for others. Smaller campuses can feel more comfortable and manageable. You will know what feels right for you. Bear in mind that open days have a festival feel to them and regular college days are not always like that. This may be your only chance to visit the campus before you register there as a student so make the most of your day and enjoy it!

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore. For more careers information see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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