January is a busy month for college open days

When the dust has settled on the Christmas celebrations for another year, the thoughts of young people studying for their Leaving Cert will turn towards applications for college or university.  Some will have their application well in hand but many will still be considering their options, or remain confused about the application process.

January is an important month for those students with a couple of CAO milestones approaching as well as opportunities to visit a number of the further or higher education institutions they might be considering applying for.  Below there is a list of Open Days or Evenings being held in some of nearby CAO and PLC colleges, as well as the dates for HEAR & DARE information clinics.

You’ll note that many of the open days dates and times clash, so think carefully about which would be the most useful to visit

We at YouthSpin are happy to meet with people to discuss their CAO or PLC applications. If you aren’t sure what you want to do, or how to complete the form we can help. We will be available through on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through January for anyone able to pop into our Bray office, we will be in Arklow on dates to be confirmed or alternatively we can be accessed via SKYPE, Facebook and Twitter.

Important CAO Dates –
20 January is the ‘early online application’ closing date (€25 fee)
1 February is the ‘normal application closing date (€40 fee)

CAO College open days

UCD CAO information Clinic 13 January 2015 5pm – 7pm (booking required)

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art & Design Information Day – 14 Jan 4pm – 7pm

Maynooth University Jan 14th 7.30pm -9.30pm

Institute of Technology, Tallaght – 20 Jan 5pm – 7pm

PLC College open days

Blackrock Further Education Institute (formally SCD) Jan 14 10am-4pm

DunLaoire Further Education Institute 21st January 2015 10am – 4pm

Sallynoggin college of Further Education Open Day January 22nd 10am – 2pm

Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE) 23rd Jan 10am – 4pm

Dublin Business School, Jan 06 5pm – 7pm, 14 Jan 4pm -7pm, 20 Jan 5pm – 7pm

Ballsbridge College of Further Education 21 Jan, 11am – 3pm

Sat 22nd Jan, 10am-2pm venues nationwide including, Dublin National College of Ireland, IFSC, Dublin 1, Kelly Theatre
Also Wexford – 20th January, Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford. 5pm-9pm


Directory of Services for Newtownmountkennedy

Its a familiar cry – “There’s nothing for young people to do in this town”. Sometimes you have to look hard to find things to do, sometimes less so. In the case of Newtownmountkennedy, local young people set out to find out what was available and to tell everyone about it. YouthSpin helped out.

Newtown has a Local Education Committee which works closely with parents, the wider parish, the school and the community generally. After discussion with parents and some young people about the difficulties in finding fun things to do, they set about producing a directory listing local and nearby service.

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Some young people did the research, finding out what was there, when it was on, and how people found out about it. Once the information was gathered YouthSpin helped put it together as a directory. The local primary school held an art competition to generate some colour to divide the section, and a photo of the mural in the youth centre was used as a cover.

The directory was eventually divided into 3 sections Services for Children and Young People in Newtownmountkennedy, Services for Children and Young people near Newtownmountkennedy, and Other Services (to provide for older residents of the town).

We launched to directory last week, with local councillor Daire Nolan, himself a young person in his early 20’s, doing the honours.

We like the finished product and hope you and others will find it useful. Please feel free to spread the word about the directory. Hard copies are available through different outlets in Newtown, and will be available to download from the school website.

YouthSpin has also made it available for download below.

Click here to download the Newtown Directoryl