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National Call-Out for Guest Poets for – Online Poetry Journal for Young People

Join the Rhyme Rag community and have your creative voice heard!

Hi all!

I’m Kathy D’Arcy, poet, activist and editor of the excellent online youth poetry journal Rhyme Rag. Check us out at, @RhymeRag on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Until now, Rhyme Rag has only accepted submissions from young poets (aged between 12-21) in Kilkenny – but for the rest of this year we’re looking for guest poets from ALL OVER IRELAND to send us work!

Every selected poem will be published on and social media, along with its own custom illustration drawn by our excellent resident artist Alé Mercado. This is a great chance to have your work published to a wide online audience alongside other talented young poets from all over the country.

Rhyme Rag is a long-running, successful creative writing and spoken word Kilkenny Arts Office programme. Its goal is to establish a new platform for young people’s voices and creative expression. With this national call-out we hope to broaden the range of youth poetry and spoken word on the website, and to encourage many more young poets to get their work out there and to continue to push the boundaries of creativity.

Click here to find out how to submit your work (keep a copy for yourself!) and I’ll get back to you with some constructive feedback and to let you know whether your piece has been selected for publication and illustration. Every month two original pieces will be published on the site.

You can find useful advice and prompts on the website and on our Insta. So get writing and submitting!

Kathy D'Arcy, Editor, and Mary Butler, Arts Officer /




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1916 Bursary Fund - South Cluster SOAR Project

Established by the Department of Education and Skills, the 1916 Bursary Fund aims to encourage the participation and success of students most socio-economically disadvantaged from within groups significantly under-represented in higher education.

The 1916 Bursary Fund provides an annual €5,000 bursary to successful applicants for the duration of their undergraduate studies. Further details about this Bursary Fund can be found here.

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University College Cork Diploma in Autism Studies

University College Cork has developed a two-year part-time Diploma in Autism Studies course (Level 7), which is being delivered in Kilkenny Education Centre. Up to this year, the course took place every Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 9.30p.m. It is hoped the course will run again next year from mid- September 2020 to mid-April 2021. However, this will be dependent on Government directives in relation to the current COVID-19 restrictions.  

The course is designed to introduce the different ways in which people on the Autism Spectrum (ASD) experience the world. Participants will learn about the history of Autism and the different strengths, challenges and conceptualisations. Mental health and wellbeing will be examined, along with the various supports and interventions that are available for people on the Spectrum across their lifespan and the legislation and policies that govern best practice guidelines and models of service. The issue of mental health and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be explored also and participants will also explore how a person with ASD may contribute positively to society.

This course is ideally suited to any person that is interested in expanding their own knowledge and understanding of the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Its comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the Disorder by professionals working in the field of Autism would be hugely beneficial to any person living with, or working with, a person with Autism.

So, whether you are a parent, sibling, teacher, SNA, working in a social care setting, or a professional looking to improve your knowledge, this course is for you!

For booking and further information see the UCC website or contact UCC Autism Studies Co-Ordinator, Virge Connery, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Kilkenny Education Centre Working Remotely

Kilkenny Education Centre is currently closed to the public in line with the Government's statements on the series of new measures to combat the spread of the virus responsible for COVID-19.

All CPD, workshops, courses and other activities due to take place in the Centre have been postponed until further notice.

Staff are working out of the Office with access to email.

We continue to be available to serve our teaching community and we are happy to help you with any queries you may have. If you have any questions/queries please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

We thank you for your continued support and we appreciate your co-operation during this unprecedented time. We will keep you informed via our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Stay safe,

John O’ Sullivan

Kilkenny Education Centre Director

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The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) Choose Safety Programme - Skills for the World of Work

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The Choose Safety Programme is designed to prepare young people for the world of work and work experience. Transition Year and Senior Cycle students can explore core principles of health and safety as they may apply in their current or future places of work. Choose Safety can be taught as a structured 20 hour programme or teachers may select units from the Programme to cover specific topics as desired and/or integrate them into other subjects in the classroom.

Choose Safety will be of interest to teachers involved in a whole range of subjects including: Science, Agricultural Science, Business or subjects of a more practical base. The Programme is available in English and as Gaeilge. All resources for this Programme are available to all Post Primary schools, PLC's and Colleges of Further Education, free of charge.

For further information on this Programme please contact the Choose Safety Co-Ordinator for Kilkenny Education Centre:

Mr. Frank McKenna

Kilkenny Education Centre Choose Safety Programme Co-Ordinator

Tel: 086-8366446

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