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What you need to know about the CAO Offer Stage

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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 www.cao.ie 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 www.cao.ie.

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 www.careersportal.ie.

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 www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Faulty Towers meets Love Island in new romantic novel

By Michelle Crean The pandemic may have delayed it from hitting the bookshelves sooner – but local author Breda Joy’s latest work has now hit the bookshops. ‘Under a Skellig […]

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By Michelle Crean

The pandemic may have delayed it from hitting the bookshelves sooner – but local author Breda Joy’s latest work has now hit the bookshops.

‘Under a Skellig Sky’ is a combination of Love Island and Fawlty Towers together in this new romantic novel with a bite!

The Skellig islands off the coast of Kerry are the backdrop to the page turner that doles out quick fire laughs as well as confronting issues such as rural crime and depopulation.

Nomadic Carol O’Connell’s return to Glenosheen overlooking the famed craggy Skelligs turns into one more in a series of half-baked decisions that pass for her life.

An experiment with Airbnb in her mother’s old farm guesthouse on the ‘Wet Atlantic Way’, a disastrous re-union with an ex and the rescue of a troubled friend set her tumbling through the year.

Through the sultry heat wave of 2018, she searches for peace to recover from a broken relationship but her sleepy valley homeplace has woken up to Star Wars fever and mass tourism.

But a trip to the stunning Skellig Michael with a mystery guest called Oliver turns the tide in the love stakes for Carol.

“I wrote ‘Under a Skellig Sky’ during the heat wave of 2018 and set it in that summer, drawing directly from the weather conditions as I wrote,” Breda, who is an award winning author and local journalist said.

“As part of my research, I took a boat trip to the Skellig on a day when the sea was like a billiard table and the sky was a sapphire blue. I had been on the island previously, but it was my first time visiting when the puffins were in residence, and it was wonderful to see them. That idyllic day informed my descriptions of the island and sets the background to the visit of my two main characters there.

“When I planned the novel, I set out to write a romantic comedy to provide readers with an escape chute to an imaginary world – similar to the escapism of Love Island,” she said. “I wanted to write a kind of Kerry-based ‘Fawlty Towers’. Humour is very much at the heart of both my fiction and journalism. When I want to get a serious message across, humour is my lure to reel the reader in.

“Having my novels published is a dream-come-true,” Breda said. “It’s such a privilege to be included among the ranks of published Irish writers. Chief among the essential advice I’d give an aspiring writer is not to be isolationist as I have been with the crucial exception of joining a small writing group in Killarney 15 years ago. The support and the constructive criticism of the members advanced me hugely on my writing journey.”

‘Under a Skellig Sky’ was first launched as an eBook on Amazon during the pandemic but is now available in Eason and O’Connor’s Newsagent in Killarney as well as all good book shops.

Breda’s previous non-fiction books include ‘Hidden Kerry, The Keys to the Kingdom’ and ‘The Wit & Wisdom of Kerry’ with Mercier Press Cork. She published ‘Brian Crowley, Against the Odds’, a Biography with Brandon Press in 1996. Her second novel was ‘Eat the Moon’ and she is currently researching her third.

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Camera Club ready to celebrate its 21st anniversary

Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members. Next Thursday night they will be […]

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Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members.

Next Thursday night they will be holding an Open Night at 7.30pm in the Plaza Suite at The Brehon Hotel.

The club meets every other Thursday at 7.30pm and is open to everyone with an interest in photography, including a junior membership category for 16 to 17-year-olds.

“Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you already know your way around a camera, everyone is welcome,” Deirdre Donohue from the club said.

The club activities include speaker nights, outings, project nights and competitions. At part of the club’s 21st celebrations they will be mounting an exhibition at Killarney House in late October.

“As well as a warm welcome, including tea and biscuits, the Open Night will feature a presentation, by professional photographer Micheál O’Sullivan, of his wonderful landscapes, so come along for a lovely evening of chat and photography!”

If you have any queries, you can contact the club secretary via email at secretary@killarneycameraclub.ie.

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