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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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Ireland’s oldest citizen has Killarney connections

Ireland’s oldest woman met with President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this week. Máirín Hughes, who turned 109 on May 22 has strong Killarney connections. The previous record […]




Ireland’s oldest woman met with President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this week.

Máirín Hughes, who turned 109 on May 22 has strong Killarney connections.

The previous record was held by 107-year-old Nancy Stewart who died on September 10 2021.

Although born in Belfast, Máirín went to school in the Mercy Convent. Her father was a customs and excise officer and the family moved around a lot eventually coming to Killarney after spells in County Down and Dublin.

Her mother came from the Rathmore area and her father was from Newmarket in County Cork.

She attended the Mercy Convent and has, in previous interviews, recalled growing up on the shores of Lough Lein.

“Neighbours who had three children were given the job of taking me to school,” she said. “They were annoyed because the children were going to school for two or three years but I was put in to the same class as them – my mother had taught me.”

In 2021 she featured in the book ‘Independence Memories: A People’s Portrait of the Early Days of the Irish Nation’, sharing stories of being kept in school in Killarney during an attack on the RIC barracks down the road.

In 1924 she started a degree in science and a diploma in education at University College Cork, before working in the pathology lab in University College Cork’s Department of Medicine for 16 years.

last year she recalled her story on the podcast: ‘Living History – Irish Life and Lore’.

During the broadcast she talked about her parents’ membership of the Gaelic League in 1910; the Spanish Flu in Ireland in 1918; The Black and Tans in Killarney in 1921; the early days of the new Free State; Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 1932, visiting the Basket Islands in 1929; and working in the UCC medical laboratory from 1932 until 1948.

This week President Michael D. Higgins hosted an afternoon tea event to celebrate the important role that a variety of people have and can play in different communities and Máirín was among the guests of honour.

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Philip is running over 100kms for Cancer charity

Local runner and charity fundraiser Philip Kissane is set for the biggest challenge of his career as he lines up for the Cork City Marathon on Sunday. Phillip has already […]




Local runner and charity fundraiser Philip Kissane is set for the biggest challenge of his career as he lines up for the Cork City Marathon on Sunday.

Phillip has already completed four half marathons at various locations around Killarney – all in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group – or the Cancer Bus as it popularly called.

This is the second time that Phillip has run four half marathon and an official race for the charity.

Back in 2021 he finished with 5km Run Killarney event but his finishing race this time around is over eight times the distance at 42kms.

“We are delighted with Philip’s continued fundraising support but also with his awareness raising for the charity,” Breda Dyland, Service Manager Kerry Cancer Support Trust.

“We are getting busier all the time and still get no statutory funding so are dependent on fundraisers like Philip’s to keep us on the road. We have just put our new wheelchair accessible bus on the Cork route so Philip’s funding will be going towards the operation of this vehicle.”


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