Kilroy’s College launch a range of new classroom-based Film & Media courses, closing the film skills gap and reshaping training for future industry players

Kilroy’s College has launched a suite of filmmaking training courses in partnership with the Irish Film School. The Irish Film School was set up in January 2018 by iconic film director John Boorman and leading film producer and financier Kieran Corrigan. They provide professional training courses in filmmaking, film production, visual FX and the business of film. The training courses have been carefully designed by the founders who lead a team of accomplished instructors, including Hollywood legend Roger Corman and Academy Award winning VFX house DNEG.

These courses will help students to develop the creative, technical and business filmmaking skills needed for today’s dynamic global film industry. They will also be able to network with fellow students, instructors and industry professionals during each course.

Expert Instructors

These intensive, hands-on classes are taught by the world’s most experienced film and TV professionals. Instructors are fully qualified, active members of the film industry in all fields of filmmaking: directing, producing, screenwriting, visual FX, cinematography, lighting, sound, editing, post-production and more.

IFS instructors also work at the business end of the film industry in the domains of finance, legal, tax, insurance, sales and distribution.

Training Courses

Kilroy’s College, in partnership with the Irish Film School, will be running five short, intensive training courses in autumn 2018 and spring/summer 2019 in Dublin, London and Beijing.

  1. Filmmaking with John Boorman. Work includes: Queen & Country (2014), The Tailor of Panama (2001), Hope and Glory (1987), Excalibur (1982), Deliverance (1972),  Point Blank (1967)
  2. Business of Film with Kieran Corrigan. Work includes: Supervized (2018), We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018), Queen & Country (2014), Country of My Skull (2004), The Tailor of Panama, The General (1998), Thumbelina (1994)
  3. Film & TV Production with US film and TV line producer Tom Kane. Work includes: Crossfire Trail (2001), Prizzi’s Honor (1985), The Flamingo Kid (1984), Raging Bull (1980), Kramer v Kramer (1979)
  4. VFX with Academy Award winners DNEG. Work includes: Mission Impossible – Fallout (2018), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Dunkirk (2017), Ex Machina (2014 )
  5. Smart Filmmaking with iconic Hollywood director Roger Corman. Work includes: Death Race 2050 (2016), Frankenstein Unbound (1990), Little Shop of Horrors (1960), Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)


Advisory Groups

Irish Film School have partnered with leading industry advisory groups: Merlin Films, Great Point Media, DNEG, New Horizons, China Film and Kilroy’s College to ensure that the training programmes deliver the most up-to-date skills and best experience.

Early Bird Discount

Class sizes are very limited so book your place today to avoid disappointment. All courses are discounted by 20% in our Early Bird Offer – valid until 31st August 2018.

Garda Recruitment 2018

News Update! On May 17th a new competition for selection of Garda trainees was announced by Public Jobs.

An Garda Síochána is the national police and security service of Ireland. Its mission is to deliver professional policing and security services with the trust, confidence and support of the people they serve.

Application Process

To receive notification of Garda Trainee recruitment campaigns as they arise you can register as a member of Public Jobs.

To find out more about the a career in An Garda Síochána, including video interviews with gardai and trainee gardai, click here.

Application forms are available on and the closing date is 3pm on Wednesday June 6th 2018. It is suggested by the Commissioner that applicants apply well in advance of the closing date in case they experience any technical difficulties.

New Online Exam Preparation Course

In order to help students to prepare for the Garda Recruitment competition Kilroy’s College has launched a new online course, which contains online practice tests for all aptitudes tested – as well as tips and tricks to help students with the online application form, report writing exercise and the interview stage.

Garda College (Templemore) graduates

Our unique Garda Recruitment test preparation course, which has been co-authored by a serving member of An Garda Síochána has a proven, very successful track record. We know which preparation yields the best results in the Garda Recruitment tests. Our new online course is completely updated and is totally relevant to the current Garda Recruitment 2018 campaign.

Garda Trainee Selection Competition

We can prepare you to be ready to face the Garda Recruitment competition with confidence, so that the whole selection process becomes clearer to you. Remember only the highest placed candidates in Stage one will be invited to go on to Stage two in the Garda Recruitment competition!

Instant Access

Enrol online through our Online Campus and you will then get immediate access to the full online Garda Recruitment course.

Garda Recruitment Correspondence Course

If you prefer to receive a hard copy of the Garda Recruitment course instead please just choose “self-study pack” as your delivery method when you enrol online through the website.  Or please phone Student Services on (01) 639 4660 to enrol during office hours and we will organise this for you.

Your self-study pack will be couriered to you the next working day.

Garda Recruitment Self-Study Pack

Course Fees

The fees for the full course, which covers Stages 1-3 of the Garda Recruitment competition are just €99 – the best value on the market today!


To enrol or to find out more about our online course please visit our website or please email


Adult Psychology Student On Course For Success

Kilroy’s College currently delivers six different distance learning Psychology courses and our Adult Psychology diploma course is one of our most popular programmes.  It has been taken by hundreds of students over the years for a myriad of different reasons. Some of our graduates have enjoyed the course so much that they have gone on to study further in order to work in this domain and others have used the knowledge gained from our course to empower themselves and take a personal journey of self-exploration.

One of our past Adult Psychology students, Michelle Hadad, has done something very different with the insights that she has gained from the programme.  She went on to write a self-help book called “The Secret Box… Finding the Key”, which was published in October 2017 . Her protagonist, Maria, goes on a fascinating and humorous journey of self-discovery.  We interviewed Michelle in order to find out more about how she came to study at the College and what inspired her to put pen to paper.

Michelle Hadad – Past Student & Author

The Interview

Michelle, what inspired you to go back to education?

I love learning something new in life every day and I can see myself coming back to the College when my brain lets me in…

How did you hear about Kilroy’s College and our personal tutor-supported home study courses?

I searched online and then I saw a few reviews about the College.  I liked what I read and decided to join in.

Why did you decide to enrol in our Adult Psychology course?

I am a Neuro Linguistic Programming NLP COACHING practitioner and I have been helping others for many years, but I felt that something was missing… I wanted to know little bit more about myself – “who I am…”

Did you find it easy to complete the course within the 12-month course time limit?

Yes, I did find it easy enough.

Had you any experience of taking any other distance learning courses in the past?

No, it was my first time!

Which topic in your course did you personally find the most interesting and why? 

All of the subjects covered in this course gave me an amazing insight into my personality and into who I am. The course enabled me to see a perspective of life in many different ways.

Which section of the course did you find the most challenging? 

While I was writing my book , I was studying my personality,  ID, ego, etc. Maria is the leading figure of my book and I found that I got a little confused as to whether I was Maria or Michelle, but after a while I managed to separate the two and got it sorted out!

Our distance learning courses are quite unique because our students are assigned a personal tutor when they enrol, who gives them guidance throughout their studies and who is a subject expert.  Did you enjoy your interaction with your tutor and did you feel that having this personal touch helped to encourage you to persevere with your studies?

Yes. I really enjoyed my time with my tutor and found that the flexibility of the course delivery was great because I am self employed.

Would you recommend the Adult Psychology course to others who are thinking returning to education?

Oh yes, definitely,  to keep on learning and growing is very important.

We know that you have recently had a book published “The Secret Box…Finding the Key” congratulations! Can you tell us a little bit about the book and how you came to write it?

When we talk about human beings in ” mass”, it becomes complex,  as humanity has different behaviours,  beliefs,  values,  traditions,  etc. My book ” THE SECRET BOX. . . FINDING THE KEY ” is a kind of self-help book, because the leading figure of this book, Maria, has opened the “Padlocks of Life” (you can read all about this in the “Padlocks” chapters). She has found her keys and is still finding them, as I believe that human beings are learning,  challenging and evaluating processes everyday of their lives. 

The book has been written to appeal to three types of readers: it touches on the Brazilian, Spanish and Irish cultures that have influenced both my research and my own life experiences.  I am Brazilian and moved to Ireland in March 2007 to seek new adventures and experience new cultures. 

What are you most looking forward to next in your new career as a Psychologist, speaker and author?

Well it took me 3 years to write this book and hopefully it will pay off!  I published my book on the 17th of October and I have sold nearly 400 books so far.  It meant a lot to me personally, as a  foreign national, that I had 4 positive reviews by Irish readers of my book  – I guess that I have been really lucky.

I’m looking forward to you all finding your own key!

The Secret Box…Finding the Key

Want to Know More?

You can find Michelle’s book “The Secret Box…Finding the Key” online or on her Facebook page.

Love Learning?

All of our home study Psychology Diploma courses are discounted by 50% this week in our Love Learning offer.  Browse our courses and find the love of your lifelong learning! Who knows where your course will take you…

3 Tips for Single Parenthood

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January brings the start of a New Year and for many of us with young families it can be a challenging month. Getting the kids back into a creche or school routine can be hard after a relaxing Christmas break and it can be a real struggle for some of us to find a decent work/life balance whilst managing a family and working inside or outside of the home.

We asked Daniel Sherwin, founder of for some tips and tricks on how to make time for yourself and stay balanced at this busy time of the year.  If (like me) you are thinking of a new hobby, starting a new course or exercise regime – Daniel has some sage words of advice for us all!

Photo courtesy of Unsplash

3 Tips for Single Parenthood

While being a parent is the most rewarding experience one can have, doing it alone presents many challenges. Whether you’re a single mom or dad, juggling both work and your personal life can be overwhelming. Here are a few easy hacks and tricks of the trade that may prove helpful as you solo parent.


Before you can effectively take care of anyone else, you need to make taking care of yourself a priority. Develop healthy habits such as getting plenty of rest, water, and exercise and eating right. Ask for help by hiring a babysitter or nanny to give you a break, or trade off with other friends and family members. Look for a gym with childcare so you don’t feel bad fitting in a workout. Stress is only natural, but how you cope with stress is extremely important. Take time for yourself and find the right outlet. It could be a hot bubble bath with candles, venting to a therapist, boxing, running, or practicing meditation and yoga to clear your mind. Whatever it is, indulge in it at least once a week so you can be the best version of yourself for your kids.

Going back to school

If you’re considering going back to school, prioritising is a must. Be sure to set a realistic schedule and stick to it. Don’t attempt to write your papers during the time you’re helping your kids with their school work. Make sure you set enough time aside for yourself so you can get the peace and quiet you need to focus. Get Educated recommends that, “When returning to school, you must learn to say no to demands that do not help you either 1) progress in your studies, or 2) personally benefit you and your children.” Going back to school can do a lot for the future of your family, so don’t feel guilty for saying no to others.

Staying organised

With so much on your plate, staying organised is the only way to get everything done. Whether it’s a calendar on the fridge or a day planner you carry with you, writing things down where you can see them will help you keep track of appointments, after-school activities, chores, as well as your responsibilities at work. Also think about setting reminders to help you manage your time more efficiently. As a single parent, be sure to communicate with your employer about your needs. Care@Work encourages “Workplace flexibility that offers the chance to work from home or to have an alternative schedule (maybe four 10-hour days, for example).” Lead by example and keep a good routine for your children as regular bed and meal times will make them feel stable and secure. Look into meal prepping or a food delivery service to get you through the week with healthy meals you can all enjoy together.

It’s all about spending quality time with your children. Including them in household activities is a good way to teach them about responsibility and bond. Life can get hectic, so wind down every evening together with a good book or some TV time. You’ll be glad you did, and they’ll cherish the memories forever.

Get in Touch

If you would like more tips and tricks from Daniel please visit his website DadSolo and if you are thinking about learning a new hard or soft skill please get in touch with us. Our Student Services team are always happy to chat about the different distance learning courses that we deliver.

Leaving Certificate Irish Course Competition – The Result!

Competition Winner

Thank you for all your recent entries to our Irish language competition.  We had a great response to this challenge and the lucky winner was notified by email at the end of last month!  Philippa Baker (London) is the happy recipient of a €250 gift voucher.  Philippa is completing our home study Irish leaving certificate course at the moment and is working towards sitting the leaving certificate in 2019 as an external candidate.

We asked Professor Scott Oser to provide a translation for us to publish so that all of our Irish students can see how it is done – Canadian style!

Interview with Professor Scott Oser

  1. When did you found An Ciorcal Comhrá?

    Ciorcal Comhrá was set up in 2009 and has operated continuously ever since.

Bunaíodh an Ciorcal Comhrá i 2009, agus tá sé ar siúl gan bhriseadh ó shin i leith.

2. What inspired you to set up this Irish language exchange?

I had not had any opportunities to use my Irish for nearly a decade at the point when I learned that my former Irish teacher had died tragically young from brain cancer.  This shocking news have the effect of lighting a fire under me and motivating me to look for other Irish speakers in the Vancouver area.  While there was a beginner’s Irish class offered across town, there was nothing available for people who were already fluent and just wanted a chance to use Irish outside a classroom setting.  But through that class I was able to find other more advanced Irish speakers and start a group.  Members have joined steadily since.

Is beag seans a bhí agam Gaeilge a labhairt le deich mbliana anuas, ansin fuair mé an scéal gur bhásaigh an múinteoir Gaeilge a bhíodh agam go tobann le hailse na inchinne.  Spreag an scéala uafásach seo mé chun cainteoirí eile Gaeilge a lorg i Vancouver agus máguaird.  Cé go raibh bunrang Gaeilge á thairiscint ar an taobh eile den chathair, ní raibh faic ann do dhaoine a bhí líofa cheana ar mhian leo deis chun Gaeilge a úsáid taobh amuigh den tseomra ranga.  Ach bhí mé in ann aithne a chur ar ardchainteoirí eile Gaeilge tríd an rang sin, agus grúpa a bhunú.  Tá daoine ag glacadh ballraíochta go seasta ó shin i leith.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about the group of people involved in the group and their backgrounds? Are they native Canadians, ex pats or a mix of both?

    The majority of our regulars are Irish ex-pats, some of whom have been in Canada for decades as well as some people who’ve come more recently. We do however have two or three Canadians, and the occasional American.

Is Éireannaigh mórchuid ár ngnáthbhall, cuid acu ina gcónaí i gCeanada le fiche nó tríocha bliain anuas, mar aon le daoine a tháinig anall níos déanaí.  Tá beirt nó triúr Ceanadach inár measc freisin, áfach, agus an corr-Mheiriceánach.

  1. How did you go about learning Irish initially? What was your motivation?

    I began learning Irish in 1993 while living in the US. Originally I had only textbooks and audio tapes available, and the Internet as we know it today scarcely existed.  Upon moving to Chicago, I found a group that offered weekly evening classes which I attended for about five years, and was eventually able to reach a high level of fluency.

    The question of why I would learn Irish is one I am often asked and one which I scarcely have a convincing answer for.  Ultimately I loved the language, and wanted to learn the idiom that some of my ancestors previously spoke.  The fact that Irish was both unusual but very much a living language was part of the appeal.

Thosnaigh mé ar fhoghlaim na Gaeilge i 1993, agus mé i mo chónaí i Meiriceá.  Ar dtús ní raibh agam ach téacsleabhair agus caiséid fuaime, mar ba ar éigean a bhí an tIdirlíon ann mar atá inniu.  Tar éis dom bogadh go Siceagó, fuair mé grúpa a mhúin ranganna seachtainiúla sna hoícheanta.  D’fhreastail mé ar na ranganna sin le cúig bliana, agus bhain mé ardchaighdéan líofachta amach sa deireadh.

Is minic a chuirtear an cheist orm cad ina thaobh go bhfoghlaimeoinn Gaeilge, agus ní dóigh liom go bhfuil freagra sásúil uirthi fós.  Sa deireadh grá don teanga féin a bhí ann, agus fonn chun teanga mo shinsear a fhoghlaim.  Ba mhealltach freisin go bhfuil Gaeilge neamhghnách ach beo.

  1. What tips can you give our students who might like to set up a similar language exchange?

    Advertise extensively online, and set up a culture in which only Irish is spoken. We welcome beginners but tell them that we’re there to speak Irish, and won’t be offering translations to English or speaking English.  We’re not a class, and while we love talking about the language as much as any Irish speaker we’re there to speak it and not talk about speaking it.

    Déan neart fógraíochta ar líne, agus socraigh an nós gur Gaeilge amháin a bheidh á labhairt agaibh.  Cuirimid fáilte roimh thosnaitheoiri, ach deirimid leo go dtagaimid le chéile chun Gaeilge a labhairt, agus ní chuirfear aistriúcháin go Béarla ar fáil.  Ní rang é an Ciorcal Comhrá, agus cé gur breá linn caint faoin teanga, táimid ann chun í a labhairt seachas bheith ag caint fúithi i mBéarla.

  2. Do you have any advice for a student who may be struggling with getting to grips with the language?

    While this will not be a popular opinion, I think getting a strong grip on the grammar at the start is essential. Get yourself a good grammar book and really learn how phrases and sentences get put together.  I don’t think this can be learned just by osmosis.  Once you have that basis, read extensively to improve vocabulary.

Ní thaithneoidh an tuairim seo le cách, ach is dóigh liom go gcaithfidh tú dul i ngleic leis an ngramadach ón tosach.  Faigh graiméar maith agus foghlaimigh ó thús go deireadh conas frásaí agus abairtí iomlána a chur le chéile.  Ní dóigh liom gur féidir é sin a fhoghlaim i ngan fhios duit.  Agus an bunús sin agat, bí ag síorléamh chun do stór focal a mhéadú.

  1. You have been a guest on An Saol Ó Dheas on Raidio na Gaeltachta and spoken about your love of the Irish language before. What did you talk about?

    My interview on An Saol Ó Dheas was motivated by a trip I took to Dublin in November 2016, where I presented a public lecture in Irish on physics, which is my day job.  I was invited to speak at the Meanmanra 2016 conference on dark matter.  It was perhaps the first time a foreign scientist has lectured in Irish in Ireland, and almost certainly the first time that cutting-edge physics and cosmology was presented through Irish as well.  The interview on Raidió na Gaeltachta may be found here:

    Cuireadh faoi agallamh ar An Saol Ó Dheas mé i Samhna 2016, agus mé ar tí léacht phoiblí i nGaeilge a thabhairt i mBaile Átha Cliath ar an bhfisic, arb é mo ghairm é.  Tugadh cuireadh dom caint ag an gcomhdháil Meanmanra 2016 ar cheist an damhna dhorcha.  B’fhéidir gurbh é sin an chéad uair gur thug eolaí ó thar lear léacht i nGaeilge in Éirinn, agus is dócha nár cuireadh an fhisic cheannródaíoch agus an chosmeolaíocht faoi bhráid an phobail i nGaeilge roimhe sin ach oiread.  Tá m’agallamh ar Raidió na Gaeltachta le fáil anseo:

    And my dark matter lecture is on youtube:

Agus tá mo léacht ar dhamhna dorcha ar youtube:

8. Have you ever visited Ireland? If yes, what do you like best about coming to our country?

I’ve been to Ireland three times, but I’ve spent less than a month in the country in total.  For me the best part is the comparative ease of finding people to speak Irish with.  And I always buy lots of books—you can buy Irish books online from Canada, but shipping adds ~30% to the cost.  The last time I came I brought a small extra suitcase and filled it entirely with books from Siopa an Chonartha in Dublin!

Chuaigh mé go hÉirinn trí uair, ach tá níos lú ná mí caite sa tír in iomlán.  An ghné is fearr, dar liom, ná bheith in ann teacht ar dhaoine le Gaeilge go fuirist.  Agus ceannaím i gcónaí moll mór leabhar—is féidir leabhair Ghaeilge a cheannach ar líne ó Cheanada, ach cuireann an post ~30% leis an gcostas.  An uair dheireanach a tháinig mé go hÉirinn thug mé cás beag sa bhreis liom agus líon go béal é le leabhair ó Shiopa an Chonartha i mBaile Átha Cliath!

Distance Learning Leaving Certificate Courses

Mobile Leaving Certificate Courses

We deliver 14 subjects at both Higher and Ordinary level by home study to any location worldwide.  Our students enrol in our home study leaving certificate programme and have many different personal motivations for doing so. They:

  • Use the course as a form of extra tuition or grind for the leaving certificate State Examination
  • Take an extra leaving certificate subject that is not available in their school due to a timetable clash
  • Are being home schooled for the leaving certificate
  • Are mature learners looking to satisfy an academic pre-entry requirement for a third level course
  • Are living abroad and want to stay in the Irish educational system
  • Want to come to the EU to study at third level and use the Irish leaving certificate qualification to gain access to degree courses e.g business, law and medicine
  • Are parents or guardians of a senior cycle student and wish to assist at home in a particular leaving certificate subject

Whatever your motivation we have a leaving certificate course for you! Take the first step and enrol today!


8 Steps To Secure Shopping Online

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The Cookie Monster

This Cyber Monday & in the run up to the festive season many of us will be getting ready to buy online.

We would never leave our home without locking the front door to keep our valuables safe.  So why would we not protect our personal data and be mindful of its value when we are browsing and shopping online?

Cyber security global leader Kaspersky Lab has put together a short video called “The Data Dollar Store” that reveals the lack of value that some shoppers put on their personal data.  It is a thought-provoking piece that will hopefully make us all stop and think before giving our personal data away for free the next time that we go online.

Take Steps

However, there are lots of ways that we humans can take ownership and take concrete steps to protect our own data, which cost us nothing or next-to-nothing!

So, before you get online and go shopping, here are eight tips to keep you and your valuable personal and financial data secure.

  1. Web Browser: savvy online shoppers use incognito mode

Lots of airlines are running Cyber Monday sales and many of us now use incognito mode to book flights online.  Have you ever noticed that a flight price has changed after searching it a few times in your browser? Based on the cookies in your browser, flight prices do go up when a particular route is repeatedly searched.  The site wants to frighten you into booking the flight quickly before prices get even higher. If you search for flights in incognito or private browsing mode, the cookie will not be able to track you and you will be able to see the lowest prices.

However, even if you are already using incognito mode (or any other browser’s private modes) note that the following parties will still be able to snoop in on your network activity:

  • Internet service providers
  • System administrators in charge of the network at your school, workplace, or wherever you get online
  • Google, or whoever made your browser

If you want reasonably private browsing (as no system can ever be 100% secure), you could think about using Tor.

  1. Browse in private with Tor

Tor stands for “The Onion Router”. It uses multiple onion-like layers to mask network activity. It’s free, open source and easy to use.

  1. Mobile Phone: Turn on your phone’s password protection

Thumbprint ID is better than nothing, but it’s often not sufficient – you can’t change your thumbprint if an attacker ever gets hold of your mobile.

Thumbs down to Thumb Prints?

An attacker usually gets ten tries before a phone will completely lock them out. So, if your four-digit password is one of these common ones, you should change it ASAP: 1234; 9999; 1111; 3333; 0000; 5555; 1212; 6666; 7777; 1122; 1004; 1313; 2000; 8888; 4444; 4321; 2222; 2001; 6969; 1010

  1. Password: Use different passwords for each service

Don’t use the same password in more than one place. Pick a strong password.

A strong password consists of at least six characters (and the more characters, the stronger the password) that are a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (@, #, $, %, etc.) if allowed. Passwords are typically case-sensitive, so a strong password contains letters in both uppercase and lowercase. Avoid obvious dictionary words and combinations of dictionary words. Any word on its own is bad.

Use a Strong Password

Think about using a password manager to save you trying to remember your passwords – or maybe go old school – buy a small hardback copy book and record all of your passwords in this – as a hard copy it is technically “unhackable”. (Just don’t lose it!)

  1. Texting: Send encrypted text messages

Signal & Telegram are popular free, private messaging services. You can do all the things you would normally do through text messages, like have group messages and send photos and videos. Except that everything’s encrypted.

  1. Email: Use two-factor authentication on your inbox

Did you know that if your email inbox is compromised an attacker can not only read your emails, they can also use it to reset your passwords for social media accounts, bank accounts – and a whole lot more?

So, improve your personal security by turning on two-factor authentication on your inbox.

Two-factor authentication adds a second layer of security when signing into your email account. It usually involves receiving a phone call or text message with a special code whenever you sign into your account.

If you use Gmail, you can activate two-factor authentication here.

  1. PC: Encrypting your hard drive

Did you know that Windows and MacOS both have built-in full-disk encryption? The user just needs to turn it on.

  1. Search Engine: Search in private

If you don’t want to install Tor you can still search privately using DuckDuckGo, the search engine that does not track you.

DuckDuckGo isn’t as sophisticated as Google (it just does not have the same engineer resources), but it has a handy little a shortcut to enable you to get encrypted Google searches whenever you need them. How? You just need to prefix your search with !google.

Happy Online Shopping!

Happy online shopping to you all – and don’t forget to check out our very own Cyber Monday deals!


3 Things You Should Know About Black Friday

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Black Friday originated in the USA and is the biggest shopping event of the year.  It now takes place on a global scale. We will be offering the best deals and fantastic home study course fee reductions all week to kick-start the festive season.


Black Friday takes place the day after Thanksgiving, which falls on the fourth Thursday in November – this year the official day is Friday 24th November 2017. Our distance learning courses will be discounted by up to 50% all week, ending on Monday 27th November 2017.


Most people credit the name as such because Black Friday is one of the most profitable business days for the economy, seeing retailers’ accounts moving from ‘the red’ into ‘the black’.

The term has also been used by police officers and drivers over the past fifty or so years to describe the chaotic day after Thanksgiving when US cities are bumper-to-bumper with traffic from early Christmas shoppers.


Looking for even more deals?

Check back later for our Cyber Monday Deals as well as Christmas & New Year Discounts!

5 Key Skills for Learners in 2018

Did you know that sixty percent of jobs that will exist by 2030 are unknown?

Education in 2018 is about facilitating the student to become a lifelong learner. Knowing how to learn to adapt to the challenges of new technology and having agility to adapt are becoming key attributes in education as we move towards an inflection point in technology with the rapid advancement of AI and robotics.

With this rise, there has been a lot of coverage in the media recently about robots taking jobs away from humankind (think Blade Runner 2049) and this has led to an interesting debate on how education can play a vital role in helping to prepare people to be resilient and able to adapt to the technological advances that will eventually impact their everyday lives.

Opening Night at Web Summit 2017

The technology conference Web Summit 2017 was held on November 7th to 9th in Lisbon. I was fortunate to be invited to the Opening Night on November 6th  where I heard Bryan Johnson of Kernel, Stephen Hawking and the European Commission’s Margrethe Vestager, talk about a diverse range of topics: hacking into the human brain; ethics and responsibility in the development of AI and robotics; and competition law, how it works to drive innovation by protecting SMEs from the data controlling giants of the technology sector and allowing smaller businesses to compete for business.

Alpha Stands

My personal focus at the event was on learning both inside and outside the classroom. I visited VR, AI and AR alpha stands where I met and chatted with numerous Start Ups. Virtu Oso (co-founded by Scottish vets Rory Shearer and William Seymour) is using AR and 4D video to develop bespoke hardware and software for use in education. ZREALITY (founded by Geman Kai Utzinger) has developed “VR Timetravel” a VR sightseeing experience in Luxembourg into the year 1867.   Many others that I met are ideating and developing software and hardware to enhance learning in a virtual world.

Lisa at the Virtual Reality Start Up Stands

Magic Shows

I also attended many talks and presentations on VR, AI and AR and discovered how this rapidly advancing technology can be used to make learning and information more engaging and dynamic.

Ambarish Mitra of Blippar spoke on the Creatiff Stage about AR and how it can be indistinguishable from magic.  He showcased the launch of his new product the AR City App. The app helps you navigate and explore 300 cities worldwide using augmented reality and computer vision at scale.

A Journey of Lifelong Learning

Another talk which took place on the Future Societies Stage “Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom” was particularly insightful and relevant to my business, online and distance learning course provider Kilroy’s College.

The talk was hosted by FRANCE 24’s Marjorie Paillon and with a panel of expert educators:  Duolingo’s Gina Gotthilf, Coursera’s Jeff Maggioncalda, UNESCO’s Mmantsetsa Marope and University of Sydney’s Michael Spence. This panel took the premise that we are living longer and travelling further and that many of today’s jobs didn’t exist a decade ago or have moved in directions unimaginable to our younger selves. They shared their thoughts on the response of educative institutions and technology to our need for lifelong learning in the face of this massive technological shift.

Be All Things to All Men

Education now needs to produce specialists in specific areas – trans-disciplinarians who can apply multiple knowledge, as well as being a specialist in a certain field.  They should be multi-literate and not just adept at the traditional three R’s (reading, writing and arithmetic).  They are health literate, they understand the interaction of data, knowledge and skills and they are tech savvy with a desire for good.

Lisa in Lisbon – blown away by the Web Summit!

5 Key Attributes for Learners in 2018

At the University of Sydney, they are mixing traditional education with educational technology.  The five key attributes that they strive to equip their graduates today with to future proof them are: –

  1. Critical thinking
  2. To be able to step outside their discipline (e.g. take a second major degree)
  3. To have an international and global perspective (e.g. having knowledge of a second language)
  4. To work in a multi-disciplinary team
  5. To be able to solve world problems – not just to give students internships but to give them a real, strategic problem in an organisation to solve to develop core intellectual skillsIn this way learners will be set up to be more resilient in the face of the vast technological changes that are already impacting the workplace on a regular basis. 


    The Ed Tech Perspective

    Educators need to be facilitators and use technology to enhance skills learned inside the classroom.  A good example of how this works is by utilising a language learning app in the classroom.  Teachers can work with the app and figure out what skills are needed and then curate and direct the learning for their students.

    The virtual world can work effectively with a physical environment. It offers flexibility as well as open access and smart providers are thinking more effectively about how they can work together with blended content.  It is not either or – education should be able to call upon multiple resources and media to use them as required both inside and outside the classroom.

    The future of education is a hybrid that learners will demand.  For example, by blending the delivery of a new language the student and educator can keep this activity going all week long and the learner can continue to practice using online resources.


    We are now seeing more Master degree programmes in innovation and entrepreneurship being offered at university.  Education needs to blend this rapidly changing knowledge and to continue to provide institutions that can adapt as and when needed.

    There are some jobs that do not even exist when a student enters College or school, but if the students gets a good foundation to cope and is agile enough to pivot they will be equipped with the necessary skill set to adapt when they graduate.

    Final Thoughts

    The take home message for me from Web Summit 2017 is that we should not try to leverage or master technology at any cost.  Each of us must take the responsibility of the ethical use of technology on our own shoulders and ensure that this brave new world is a welcoming place for our children to live, learn, work and thrive in.

    Join our happy community of lifelong learners today and help to future proof yourself for tomorrow’s world.

The Irish Leaving Certificate – A Route to Third Level Education in the EU

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Studying at Third Level in Ireland & the EU Explained

We currently have students from eleven countries currently working towards sitting the Irish Leaving Certificate State Examinations in 2018 and 2019.  They are doing this by studying Leaving Certificate distance learning courses at the College.  Some are hoping to move to Ireland, in order to study a third level degree at university and others are planning to move to another EU destination like Germany, Denmark or the Netherlands, with a view to entering third level education there. Regardless of where they choose to go to university, all of them are using their Irish leaving certificate qualifications to gain entry to the course of their choice. The most popular choices for our past students are a degree in medicine, law, business, psychology or a modern language.

If you are planning to move to Ireland to study at third level, you will need to explore the full range of options available to you.  The Citizens Information website has published a comprehensive guide on all you need to know in advance.

Oxford University

If you plan to use your Irish Leaving Certificate qualification to apply for a third level course in the EU Eunicas is a good starting point to get an overview of the entry requirements and options available.


5 Steps to Sitting the Irish Leaving Certificate

STEP 1. OPEN ALL YEAR – Enrol on a home study Leaving Certificate programme.  At Kilroy’s College, we have fourteen different subjects at higher and ordinary level available to study.  Our course tutors are all experienced secondary school teachers.  You can study the Irish leaving certificate from anywhere in the world with our unique distance learning courses.

How Does the Leaving Certificate Distance Learning Course Work?

Each course contains around 200 hours of learning effort and can be completed in as little as six to nine months. Our students can elect to enrol and study over a one or two-year cycle if preferred.  The course will bring you through the subject syllabus and ask you to submit a set number of assignments.  These will be corrected by your tutor and returned to you with a grade and comments.  At the end of each course you will sit a mock examination at home, under timed exam conditions.  This is also to be submitted for feedback and correction.

Find out how our past Leaving Certificate Student, Carmela, who studied for six subjects from the comfort of home in Uruguay got on.

Student Support

Your tutor is contactable 24/7 privately by email with any queries on the course contents.  Our College Student Services team is also on hand during office hours to assist you. Our student community also exchanges tips and information in a closed Facebook group which you will be invited to join once you have enrolled in the College.

STEP 2. NOVEMBER/DECEMBERFind a secondary school in Ireland where you can sit the Leaving Certificate State Examinations as an external candidate. Download a school request form and present it to the Principal of the school that you wish to sit the exams in.  Note: you should retain this form and bring it to the first day of the examinations. 

STEP 3. JANUARY/FEBRUARYRegister as an external candidate online with the State Examinations Commission – the online registration window usually opens in the middle of January until the end of February.  Check their website and register early.  You will need to give them the location of the school where you will be sitting the examinations so it is imperative that you have this sorted beforehand (see Step 2). Note: a fee (capped at 3+ subjects) is payable at this time to the SEC for this service.

Examination Hall

STEP 4. JUNE – Travel to Ireland to sit the Leaving Certificate State Examination.  The written and aural (listening) exams are held in June of each year.  Orals for modern languages are typically held before Easter of that year (in March or April) – so you may have to travel over twice if you are studying a language.  If you let the State Examinations Commission know that you are an overseas student when you register they may be able to facilitate you taking the oral exam in June to save travelling twice, but this is solely at their discretion and may not be possible.

STEP 5. AUGUST – You will get your results in the middle of August through the State Examinations Commission.

More Questions?

If you would like to know more about any of the options mentioned in this article please email and we would be very happy to assist you.

Haunted Home Study Halloween Offer

Kilroy’s College has just launched a haunted home study Halloween offer and to mark the occasion we have out together a short guide of some of the most haunted places in Ireland.  Prepared to be scared! Very scared….

7 Most Haunted Homes In Ireland

  1. Leap Castle

Ireland’s Leap Castle is widely regarded as the most haunted castle in the world! Many thousands of ghost hunters travel to the castle each year, attracted by the haunting tales that surround it.

Leap Castle

Leap castle is said to be haunted by an entity known simply as ‘it’. The entity is said to be about the size of a sheep, with a terrible decaying face. Whenever ‘it’ appears there is usually an accompanying smell of decaying flesh sulphur.

  1. The Hell Fire Club

The Hell Fire Club is an old hunting lodge that dates back to 1725. Although now derelict and burnt out, it is built on a Neolithic passage tomb and in the past, was used by Lords and noblemen for meetings and rituals to conjure up demons and even old Nick himself.

Hell Fire Club
  1. Malahide Castle

The oldest part of Malahide Castle dates back to the 12th century and it was the home of the Talbot family for over seven hundred years.

The castle has had a very long and betimes, dark history. The most memorable event took place during the Battle of Boyne when fourteen members of the Talbot family sat down for breakfast together and by dinner time they were all dead!

Malahide Castle
  1. Cork District Lunatic Asylum

Built in 1798 by William Saunders Hallaran, it has been reported that the St. Kevin’s Hospital building still rings with the screams of former inmates. The derelict area of the asylum is particularly haunted. Visiting paranormal researchers and experts have not only witnessed manifestations of these trapped spirits, but have also recorded their voices via EVP.

Cork District Lunatic Asylum
  1. Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol was in use from 1796 until 1924 when the jail closed for the final time.

Among the ghosts and other phenomena reported to have been seen and heard at Kilmainham Gaol are disembodied voices, phantom footsteps, lights switching themselves on and off, unexplained bangs, and people being pushed by unseen hands. Children often become upset and can refuse to enter the building and some visitors report a general feeling of being watched.

  1. Ballygally Castle Hotel

This hotel sports a resident ghost – Lady Isobel Shaw. She is said to have fallen to her death from the window of a room after she was chastised by her husband for not giving birth to a baby boy. Her room is now known as the Ghost Room, and is no longer offered to hotel guests.

The Haunted Room
  1. Loftus Hall

Loftus Hall is a mansion located on Hook Peninsula which is said to be haunted by the devil himself. One dark and stormy night, Sir Charles Tottenham was hosting a card game at Loftus Hall when a stranger came to the door. The visitor was wet through and was looking to shelter from the storm.  Sir Charles bid the man inside and kindly invited him to join the card game.

However, one of the women present at the game dropped her cards and as she bent down to pick them up from under the table she was horrified to see that the man had blood-soaked cloven hooves in place of feet! He is said to have then revealed his true form to those gathered and he then shot through the roof and disappeared. It is said that his presence still haunts Loftus Hall to this very day.

Loftus Hall

Our home study courses do not contain any drama or unpleasant shocks so don’t be afraid to enrol today!  Just so you don’t get any surprises, here is what you can expect to get, when you enrol as a distance learning student on one of our 65+ different courses.

  • Personal, expert tutor to guide you through your course
  • Professional Student Services team to assist you with any administration needs
  • Self-paced study course – delivered online or by correspondence
  • Study pack couriered to your door
  • Access to our online student community where you can exchange tips and information with other students on your course
  • A sense of well-being and self-confidence from learning a new skill and achieving your ambition

Don’t miss out this Halloween – enrol today and get started on your learning journey!