Options After Leaving Cert

You are invited to our FREE PRACTICAL INFORMATION EVENING for Parents and Students of TY, 5th & 6th Year to hear key note speakers give advice on how to navigate the path to a successful career, explore the possibilities and cost of third level education and then round up the night with Ireland’s favourite online funny man, Rory O’Connor, otherwise known through his social media sketches as Rory’s Stories.



It promises to be a really informative evening, covering lots of interesting topics relevant to teenagers and parents of teenagers who are coming to the end of their secondary school education. There’ll be Stands from IT Carlow, the Education & Training Board, Ormonde College and many more on the night, so lots of additional information will be available.


Meet our Speakers

Rory O’Connor: We’re thrilled to welcome Rory O’Connor to Kilkenny. From comedy sketches to more serious pieces about mental health, Rory has been producing regular content on social media since 2013 and his popularity has grown through stand up comedy, writing bestselling books and social media. Most GAA fans will have come across ‘Rory’s Stories’ when scrolling through their Facebook news-feeds. Rory is all about believing in yourself, taking risks, seeing opportunities and above all being happy and content with who you are.

Mary Quirke: We are delighted to have Mary return as one of our speakers again this year. Mary, owner of ‘Career Confidence’ is a qualified career guidance counsellor with over 20 years experience. What is unique to Mary is both the familiarity and understanding of the world of work today and her in depth knowledge of learning, courses, colleges, universities and IOT’s, not just in Ireland, but further afield. She has co-authored a book ‘Sorted’, published academic papers on career guidance and appeared on TV3. She has also past experience in guidance roles with the HSE, REHAB, FETAC and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. This combination together with the engagement she has had with 1000’s of students over the last 20+ years is the basis for her insight into what every teenager needs to know as they plan for their future. Mary has experience of most situations where teenagers face choices, challenges and unexpected opportunities, where they have to learn from failure and turn a negative into a positive.

Tom McWey: Tom is Business Development Officer with St. Canice’s Credit Union. He has in depth knowledge of the costs involved in financing 3rd level education and the Student Loan options available from St. Canice’s. He has many years experience within the financial and business world and has recently completed his QFA qualification. Tom will be speaking about the cost of financing third level education and how St. Canice’s Credit Union can help. He’ll also give details about the St. Canice’s Credit Union annual Scholarship Draw, where five lucky students win a €3,000 cash prize to help cover the cost of third level.

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