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January/February/March/April/May/June 2020 Higher Education Colleges

January 14th

IT Sligo – Open Day

LIT – Clonmel Open Evening

January 15th

Athlone IT – CAO Information Evening

Letterkenny IT – Open Evening Letterkenny & Killybegs Campuses

NUI Galway – Adult & Matures Information Evening

January 16th

GMIT – CAO & Lifelong Learning Open Evening

LIT – Clonmel Open Day

NUI Galway – Information Evening Limerick

TU Dublin – Blanchardstown – Open Evening

TU Dublin – City Centre – CAO Information Evening

TU Dublin – Tallaght – Open Evening

UCC – Parents Information Evening

January 18th

BIMM Institute Dublin – Open Day

DKIT – Open Day

Institute of Art, Design & Technology – Portfolio Requirements, Open Day, Project Days, Taster Days

National College of Ireland – Open Day

University of Limerick – Open Day – Scholarships

January 21st GMIT – Creative Pathways Open Day
January 22nd

IT Carlow – CAO Information & Open Evening

ICHAS – Open Day Limerick

St. Nicholas Montessori College – Cork Campus – Open Evening

January 23rd NUI Galway – Information Evening Galway
January 25th BIMM Institute Dublin – Open Day                                                          
January 28th UCD – Internships Fair
January 30th

St. Nicholas Montessori College – Virtual Open Evening

Waterford Institute of Technology – ‘Try’ Days at WIT & CAO Chat

February 7th National College of Art & Design – Portfolio Submission Deadline
February 22nd

American College Dublin – Auditions

Marino Institute of Education – Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge Level B1 Exam

National College of Art & Design – Continuing Education Open Day


March 5th ICHAS – Open Day Limerick
March 10th

Maynooth University – Postgraduate Open Day

St. Patricks College Maynooth – Postgraduate Open Evening

March 20th Trinity College Dublin – Guidance Counsellor Information Morning
March 28th Mary Immaculate College – Student Experience Day
April 4th DCU – Open Day
April 18th Griffith College Dublin – Free Leaving Cert Maths Workshop (Ordinary)
April 19th Griffith College Dublin – Free Leaving Cert Maths Workshop (Higher)
April 25th

IT Tralee – Spring Open Day

St. Patricks College Maynooth – Open Day 2020

April 30th

CIT – CAO Information Evening – April Entrance Tests

Mary Immaculate College – Taster Session Open Day

June 27th St. Patricks College Maynooth – Open Day 2020


January/February/March/April/May/June 2020    Further Education Colleges

January 7th Bray Institute of Further Education – Open Day
January 15th Blackrock FEI – Open Day
January 16th

Colaiste Dhulaigh – PLC Preparation Seminar

Dunboyne CFE – Open Night

January 17th Liberties College – Open Day
January 21st

Colaiste Íde – Enrolment Day

Inchicore College of Further Education

January 22nd

Ballsbridge College FE – Open Day

Dun Laoghaire FEi – Open Day

January 23rd

Drogheda Institute of Further Education – Open Day

Limerick CFE – Open Day

Whitehall College of Further Education – Open Day

January 24th

Colaiste Dhulaigh – PLC Interviews

Drogheda Institute of Further Education – Open Day

January 27th Dunboyne CFE – Interview Day – Applications Open for 2020
January 28th Stillorgan College of Further Education – Information Evening
January 29th

Ballyfermot College FE – BCFE Radio Graduates – Open Day

Crumlin College of Further Education – Open Day

January 30th Croom College of Further Education – Open Day
February 1st Liberties College – 1st Interview Day
February 5th

Killester College of Further Education

O’Fiaich Institute of Further Education – Open Day

Plunket College FE – Open Day

February 6th Ormonde College of Further Education – Open Day
February 7th Ballyfermot College FE – BCFE Art, Design & Three Dimensional Studies Portfolio Course exhibit their sculpture books in Ballyfermot Library until 7th Feb
February 12th Whitehall College of Further Education – Interview Day
March 3rd GTI – Open Day
March 4th

Bray Institute of Further Education – Open Evening

Kerry College – Open Day – Listowel Campus

March 5th

Moate Business College – Open Day

Monaghan Institute – Open Day

March 6th

Ballyhaise Agricultural College – Open Day

Clonakilty Agricultural College – Open Day

Kildalton Agricultural and Horticultural College – Open Day

March 10th Pearse College – Open Day
March 11th Templemore College of Further Education – Careers Fair 2020
March 12th College of Amenity Horticulture Botanic Gardens – Open Day
 March 14th Monaghan Institute – Open Evening
March 18th Moate Business College – First Round Interviews
March 31st Sallynoggin College of Further Education – Open Day



DARE Application Timeline

From November 2019 

CAO applications from 4th November 2019 at 12 noon:

1. Review the DARE Handbook with your parent (s)/guardians (s)
2. Make a CAO application at

3. Fill in the online Supplementary Information Form (SIF) at

4. Complete your Educational Impact Statement with your school.

5. Gather your Evidence of Disability documentation.

By 1st February 2020

By 1st March 2020

Apply to CAO by 17:15:
1. You must indicate your wish to be considered for DARE by ticking ‘Yes’ to Question 1 on
2. You must complete Section A (Questions 1-5) of the Supplementary Information Form.
By 1st April 2020

You must return the completed, signed AND stamped

1. Educational Impact Statement (Section B)

2. Evidence of Disability (Section C) or other Evidence of Disability to the CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway by 17:15.

Make sure your documents are clear and can be easily read.  Put your name and CAO number on all documents.  Faxed/emailed documents are not accepted.

April – June 2020

Late June 2020

Assessment of DARE applications.

You will be notified of the outcome of the DARE application by the end of June.

End June/Early July/Late July 2020

DARE Recheck.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the recheck application.

 August 2020

Leaving Certificate Exam Results.

Eligible DARE applications compete for reduced points places.

CAO Offers to eligible DARE applications.

Course offers are made and should be accepted through the CAO.

 Late August/September 2020  Attend Orientation and register with Disability Support Services.



September 5th  CAO Presentation
September 19th  Higher Options
September 26th NUI Galway
October 3rd NUI Maynooth
October 10th NUI DCU
October 17th IT and Guidance Well-being
October 25th  Engineers Ireland/Science
November 7th TU Dublin
November 14th  CAO
November 21st  DKIT
November 27th  CAO & Study Skills (Parents only) 6.30- 7.30
November 28th Study Skills Workshop
December 5th Ulster University
December 12th Mindfullness/Well-being