Talks for parents – supporting teenagers and children in difficult times


‘Supporting a Depressed Teenager – What can a parent do?’ 
with John Sharry, Monday 21st June 7.00-8.30pm, online by zoom

Suffering the effects of school closures and social lockdowns, the Covid crisis has led to a large increase in teenage mental health problems. In this workshop Prof John Sharry will describe the most common causes to teenage depression and illustrate the common solutions that make a difference. As a parent you will be shown what you can do to help your teenagers manage and cope. The workshop will have plenty of time for Q&A.
Venue: Zoom online
Date: Monday, 21st June 2021
Time: 7pm-8.30pm
Further information and bookings are available on the website here
‘Helping Your Children and Teenagers Bounce Back’ 
with John Sharry, Monday 14th June 7.45-9.15pm, online by zoom
The lockdowns and restrictions of the last year has disrupted family life and increased the pressure on children and parents. During this workshop, I will provide practical principles on how you can look after your family’s mental health and cultivate your children’s resilience as restrictions ease. Topics include: managing anxiety, rebuilding friendships, getting back into positive routines.
Venue: Zoom online
Date: Monday, 14th June 2021
Time: 7.45pm-8.15pm
Further information and bookings are available on the website here.


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UCD Agriculture, Food Science, Human Nutrition Summer School

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The UCD Agriculture, Food Science and Human Nutrition Virtual Summer School 2020 will take place on Thursday, 10th June at 11.30am.

This years’ programme has once again been tailored from an on-campus event to an exciting interactive virtual experience. The event is aimed at Transition Year, 5th year and 6th year secondary school students who are considering their CAO applications, and will provide an overview of some of the opportunities and expertise available at the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science.

Hosted by Klaudia Szarzankiewicz and Sean Baker, two third year Food and Agribusiness Management students, attendees will hear from Professor Tommy Boland at UCD Lyons Farm and Dr Daniel Hurley at the UCD Institute of Food and Health. Dr. Caroline Elliott-Kingston, Programme Director of the Horticulture degree will welcome attendees to UCD Rosemount Environmental Research Station, a state-of-the-art plant and environmental research facility located on the UCD Belfield campus which supports teaching and learning on a number of programmes within the school.

Current and former students from across a range of undergraduate programmes will share their experiences of studying at the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science.

Anyone interested in attending should register at or follow the school social media handles for more updates @ucdagfood

The UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science is ranked number one in Ireland and is placed twenty-fourth globally and fifth in Europe for the study of agricultural sciences. The school offers fourteen entry routes with programmes spanning the entire food chain, providing a diverse range of career opportunities in Ireland and internationally.

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TCD Accommodation and Irish Language Residency Scheme

1st Year Accommodation in Trinity: 

  • General Accommodation: 
  • Prospective students who applied by last week’s deadline will be informed of the decision by the end of June.  Starting next week, students who haven’t yet applied can submit a late application for accommodation, but they will only be considered after the 1st round CAO offers. Please click here for more details of Halls and the online application .  
  • Irish Language Accommodation:   
  • Tá an próiseas iarratais do Scéim Cónaithe Choláiste na Tríonóide fós oscailte go dtí 30 Meitheamh. Leis seo, cuirtear lóistín lán-Ghaeilge ar fáil do mhic léinn a bheidh sa chéad bhliain in aon disciplín i mí Mheán Fómhair 2021. Bíonn seomra singil ensuite ag gach mac léinn agus glacann siad páirt i saol Gaeilge na hollscoile. Íoctar deontas €1,000 le gach mac léinn ar an Scéim. Tá tuilleadh eolais ar an nasc seo agus tá fáilte teagmháil a dhéanamh leis an Oifigeach Gaeilge ag má bhíonn ceist ar bith agat.  
  • The application process for Trinity’s Irish Language Residency Scheme (An Scéim Cónaithe) remains open until 30th June. The Scheme offers Irish language accommodation to first-year students of any discipline in September 2021. Each student will have a single ensuite room and will take part in Irish activities in the university. A €1,000 grant payment is made to each student of the Scheme. There is further information at this link and you are very welcome to contact the Irish Language Officer at with any queries.   
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TCD – drop in sessions, resources

Drop-in sessions for CAO applicants:  

  • For 6th years, prior to the CAO Change of Mind deadline, our school liaison team are offering daily virtual  drop-in sessions from 12 – 3pm  (Mon 28th June – Thurs 1st July). 
    There is no need to pre-register, students can drop in by clicking this link (Meeting ID: 972 7590 1545). It’s the same link for each session.

Online resources for students/parents:  

  • Our Open Day webpage 
  • View course presentations, virtual campus tours, student supports, student experience, accommodation, study abroad, innovation and careers opportunities.  
  • Our CAO webpage 
  • Watch our themed webinar series’ on – Student Stories,  Choosing the Right Course For You, What 1styear is like in Trinity, Entry and Access Routes etc.  
  • Chat to our student ambassadors
  • Chat to over 30 ambassadors from a range of different courses and backgrounds  
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Something for Everyone this Summer at IADT


Change of Mind

For 6th Years – CAO Change of Mind Q + As week commencing 21st June.


For 4th or 5th year students interested in Portfolio related courses.

Computing Summer Camps

Creative Computing Summer Camps (for all secondary school students) almost booked out. Last few remaining places on the Young Women in Computing camp (June 14th – 16th)


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SUSI grants


Student  Universal  Support  Ireland  (SUSI)    

The site has a useful reckoner to see if you might be eligible for a grant.

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Ulster university Open Day

A reminder that the  []Virtual Family Open Day is taking place this Saturday 22 May. This online event is a fantastic way for students to:

  • Discover brand new, exclusive courses at UU for September 2022 entry.
  • Have questions answered around entry requirements and accepted qualifications.
  • Find out about the much-anticipated opening of the new Belfast Campus.
  • Hear an important announcement regarding changes to HPAT-Ulster exam for 2022 entry.

 This is a great way for students to prepare themselves for choosing their 5 choices.

Parents and pupils can win one of 350 Amazon vouchers by simply registering.


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BCFE Radio Broadcasting and Podcasting Course PLC

BCFE 2 year HND Radio Broadcasting and Podcasting Course. 

On completion you can do 2 final years in BCFE to award a DCU BA (HONS) in Business Media. 

All completed in BCFE 

· No Portfolio Required 

· 2 year HND Radio Broadcasting and Podcasting 

· Add on 2 years to award a DCU (HONS) Business Degree in Media Production 

Full details on Final Page Below · Direct Application Form Apply Online 

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Leaving Certificate Information

The most current information on all matters relating to Leaving Certificate examinations and the Accredited Grades process will be available on an ongoing basis on 

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Helping children and teenagers bounce back talk

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