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What you need to know about the CAO Offer Stage




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

CAO Round 1 offers will be available to applicants on Thursday, September 8 from 2pm.

You will be able to check your offer(s) by logging into the ‘My Applications’ section of using your CAO number, date of birth and account password. Offers will also be issued by email and SMS text.

Applicants who have not received an offer will receive a ‘Statement of Application’ email. The cut-off points for 2022 will also be published by CAO on their website once the offers are issued. Many students will receive two offers, one from their Level 8 list (Honours Bachelor Degrees) and one from Level 7/6 (Ordinary Bachelor Degrees and Higher Certificates) and have the option to accept one offer only. You will have the option to accept, decline or apply to defer the offer before the acceptance deadline for Round 1 which is on September 14 at 3pm. Further rounds of offers continue until all CAO places are filled.

Careful consideration of CAO offers

You should carefully consider the offer(s) you receive in the first round as you may not get another offer in subsequent rounds. You may receive an offer from higher up on your preference list in round 2 and subsequent rounds, if for example the points for your chosen courses drop, but there is no guarantee of this, so it is very important to think carefully about accepting the Round 1 offer, provided you are genuinely interested in the course. You will never receive an offer of a course that is lower down on their preference list from what you have already been offered.
Round 2 offers will be available online from 10am on September 14. You are entitled to be offered any place that becomes available higher up on your order of preference list(s) whether you have accepted a place on another course in Round 1 or not. You then have to choose to accept your Round 2 offer or to stick with the Round 1 offer. The closing date for acceptance of Round 2 offers is September 21 at 3pm and the CAO will continue to offer places in the same way up to mid-October when the offer season for 2022 ends.
Apply to defer a college place

If you wish to defer an offer do not accept the offer via the CAO. You need to email the Admissions Office of the appropriate Higher Education Institution (HEI) immediately giving your name as it appears on the CAO application, quoting your CAO number and the course code which you wish to defer and give the reason(s) for the request. ‘Deferred Entry’ must be marked clearly in the subject line of the email, which must arrive in the HEI Admissions Office at least two days before the reply day shown on the offer notice and the HEI will communicate directly with the student. All communications about deferrals must be sent to the relevant Admissions Office, not to CAO.

If no CAO offer is received, firstly check the detail of the Statement of Application email and follow the instructions.

It may be the case the correction needs to be made to the examination, exemption or account information so the advice is to contact the CAO immediately via the Correspondence section of their CAO account. You will also need to check that they have met the minimum entry requirements and the points required for the course in question. Details on minimum entry requirements can be found on the HEI websites and the cut-off points will be available on the CAO website.

Available Places on CAO

The ‘Available Places’ facility opens on CAO on September the 9 at 12pm. These places become available where the HEI still have places available on courses after the Round 1 CAO offers have been issued.

Applications for ‘Available Places’ are open to applicants who are already in the CAO system and to candidates who have not already submitted a CAO application this year but who now wish to apply.

Applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements for the courses for which they wish to apply. Further details can be found on

Options outside of CAO

While much attention focuses CAO around the Offer stages it is very important that students realise that CAO is not the only show in town! There are several options outside of CAO which are still available for application, including Further Education, apprenticeships, traineeships, study abroad options, repeating the Leaving Cert, and taking a gap year. For further details on all options see

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 or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.




Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]




Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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Watch Video: Primary School Students share knowledge from Coffee Cup Project



Killarney primary schools have joined the crusade against single use coffee cups this week by joining the Killarney Coffee Cup Project and declaring themselves single use coffee cup free. The Killarney Coffee Project is a community grassroots project aimed at eliminating single use coffee cups from Killarney town centre to protect Killarney National Park and the towns surroundings all in the name of conservation.

Alan Oliver, a local coffee shop owner, Lir Café, who is one of the participants of the project has said that he is “thrilled to see the project extend into the local schools. Teaching young people about why we should be moving away from a throw away culture is imperative to the continuous success of projects like this. Today’s young people are the future custodians of this town and so educating them on the importance of sustainability will ensure that Killarney and its National Park will be in safe hands for future generations.”

The schools involved in declaring themselves single use coffee cup free include Holycross Mercy, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery, Glenflesk, Knocknanes, Coolick, Loreto, Lissivigeen and Tiernaboul. This follows on from the Killarney Coffee Cup Primary Schools Initiative which took place last November supported by Killarney Credit Union, the Kerry Biosphere, and the IKC3 project in MTU.

In November the 5th classes in the Killarney area were brought to Muckross School House and Killarney House for a 2-hour immersive environmental education experience around our connection to the Kerry Biosphere and citizen climate action. Here the students learned about our biosphere and how we as citizens and sustainable initiatives like the Killarney Coffee Cup Project can protect this Special Area of Conservation. Finally, they went outside to work with a park ranger, collecting acorns in leftover disposable compostable cups that the project had gathered from various businesses. They took these acorns back to their classrooms where they have planted and are caring for their oak tree. In 2024, these young oak tree seedlings will be planted back into the National Park.

The Killarney Coffee Cup Project is the 1st of its kind in the world, and it is something that belongs to all the citizens of the town. We all own this!

Want to hear from the future voices of our environment?

This week the Killarney Advertiser caught up with primary schoolers who have been busy learning all about protecting our amazing natural environment

Watch our video where the future eco-warriors share what they’ve learned about keeping our Killarney healthy and thriving! Here is to the next generation of environmental stewards!

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