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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.


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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 […]




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 […]




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.


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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