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!

6 Tips For Leaving Certificate Students To Help You Study Better

Now is the best time to get into a proper study routine, particularly if you are working towards the 2018 Leaving Certificate examinations.  Here are a few tips from our Student Services team to help Leaving Certificate students to get into a good study routine and ensure that they all get the most benefit from their precious study time.

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Study Success

1. Take proper breaks

Sometimes less really is more. If you’ve ever felt like you are zoning out in the middle of a study session, it could be because you are simply studying for too long at a time! Did you know that your brain can typically concentrate for only 25 minutes at a time. So, it is best to study for 30 minute blocks and break these up by a “reward” of a 5 or 10 minute break between each.

2. Implement active learning

Most learning for exams can be divided into either 2 key areas: facts or concepts. Learning the names of the muscles in the human body are facts but learning how the muscles work together is a concept. Understanding concepts is much more important than facts. If you haven’t mastered the overall concept then it follows that you will find it really difficult to learn the facts.

Try to put concepts into your own words. This will add meaning to it and remembering it will be easier. Or work with a study buddy and try and teach them the concept you’ve just learned (and vice versa).

3. Change your study habitat

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Change Your Study Habitat

Lots of students study in their bedroom or in the kitchen or living room at home. The problem with this is that the brain associates these rooms with activities other than studying.

Set up a proper study area. If this has to be your bedroom then move your desk away from the bed. Remember to put your phone on silent (or better still leave it out of the room) to minimise unwanted distractions!

4. SQ3R

A good method of learning from textbooks is SQ3R: Survey, Question, Read, Recite and Review.

In each chapter of your textbook survey the various sections to come up with a series of questions, for example “What are red blood cells for?” Then read through the text looking for answers to your questions. (Once you have created questions, your brain will find it way easier to place the answers). Next recite the information by either verbalising it or re-writing it and finally review everything just before your exam.

5. Sleep Hygiene

An Hour Before Midnight Is Worth Two After!

One of the best and easiest ways to improve the efficiency of your study period is to get more quality sleep. Scientists have proven that our brain forms memory during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

Aim for a minimum of 8 hours. It’s also really important to try and get into a healthy sleep pattern. As my Granny used to say: “An hour before midnight is worth two after!”

6. Question Everything

One of the best ways you can see if you are making progress is by testing yourself with past exam questions. You can download these for free from the State Examinations Commission and they will also give you the marking schemes for past papers.

Student Support

Although you are in a class of one, you are never alone.  Our Leaving Certificate students can reach out to their personal subject tutors 24/7 privately by email or they can phone our in-house Student Services team at the College on (01) 639 4660 during office hours.  We are here to help!

 

 

Training Grants Following Redundancies

Redundancy can mean new, exciting opportunities, including the opportunity to retrain for a new career. You might find that losing your job opens the door to a new career.

Adding to your existing skills or gaining qualifications in a new area are good ways of boosting your chances of getting another job. They can also give your confidence a well-needed boost at this time.

Retraining Choices

You will find lots of retraining choices open to you when you’ve been made redundant, from apprenticeships and internships to part-time, full-time or distance study courses at college or university.

Financing A Career Change

There are several different ways to finance a career change, depending on the training programme or study course you want to pursue – and also depending on any savings or income you have.

Think about which option is right for you – a loan (which you will need to pay back), training grants or bursaries (which you don’t need to pay back) or apprenticeships (where you can earn as you learn).

Training Grants

Training Grants

Departing staff will sometimes be able to avail of a training grant of up to €5,000 from their former employer. This can be a time-sensitive training grant (for example it must be used within six months of being made redundant) so make sure that you check out the terms and conditions of any funding and don’t miss out!

In addition to the course fees, training grants can also cover the cost of any equipment that you may need in order to complete your study course.

Practical Equipment

For example if you decide to enrol on a practical course like, Professional Make-Up Artistry or Photography, the grant will cover the cost of purchasing additional practical equipment.

Although we provide sample-sized make-up products and applicators with the course materials, our Professional Make-Up Artistry students would also be required to purchase additional make-up equipment (foundations, concealers, brushes, sponges, cleaners, toners, eyeshadow, mascara etc).

Make-Up Set

A photography student will need to own a good digital camera, as well as a digital device (laptop, tablet or desktop) to store and catalogue images.

Digital Camera

Distance Learning Courses

Students who enrol in any distance learning course – an online course or a correspondence (postal) course – will need to own a digital device – laptop, tablet or desktop – in order to access their course materials and contact the College and their personal tutor.  They may also need to have access to a printer.

Laptop Required!

Just remember to keep all receipts of practical equipment and course fees in order to be reimbursed by your former employer!

Enrol Today For A Brighter Tomorrow

For more information on this topic or to enquire about any of our distance learning courses please call our Student Services team on (01) 639 4660 or email lisa@kilroyscollege.ie

You can enrol securely online and our Admissions team will send you a confirmation email of your enrolment the very same day.

 

Freelance Journalism Distance Course – A Success Story

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Freelance Journalism In Action

3 Tips To Success As A Freelance Journalist

1. Take a short training course in freelance journalism

Our Freelance Journalism course has been taken by hundreds of students since the course was launched over twenty years ago.  The whole genre of journalism has changed dramatically in the digital age and our Freelance Journalism home study course has evolved and been adapted by our expert course writers to meet the needs of the changing face of freelance journalism.

Another good educational resource is the BBC Academy which offers a broad range of online resources that freelance journalists may find useful.

Their range of weekly podcasts are particularly interesting and informative for those who are thinking about a career in television, radio or online.

2. Join an online community of journalists

This is a good way to exchange tips and ideas with fellow journalists.  There are many options available but we like Journobiz Forums – it is free to join and can be a great source of information.  You can also search on social media and look on Twitter or for a Facebook group.  LinkedIn For Journalists includes advice and information for all journalists, including freelancers.

3. Register with a freelance journalist directory

Online paid directories like Upwork and Journalism.co.uk can also be worth considering.  They will take some of the pain out of connecting with industry professionals and, more importantly, can help you to network with fellow industry professionals and get published.

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Interview Time

7 Reasons To Enrol

I recently interviewed a Kilroy’s past Freelance Journalism student Joe Scully. Joe had contacted our Careers team to let them know that he was delighted with his qualification and that he had just got published!

LW: “What inspired you to go back to education?”

JS: “I have always wanted to be a journalist, but for one reason or another, I never got around to doing anything about it.  I never did my Leaving Certificate, so I always felt that I could not get involved in journalism without it.  However once I found out about this course I just decided to go for it.”

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

JS: “I heard about Kilroy’s from a friend who had done a course and looked it up on the Internet and found the course that I was interested in – Freelance Journalism“.

LW: “Did you find it easy to complete the self-paced course within the twelve month time limit?”

JS: “Yes.  I found it very easy”.

LW: “Have you ever had any experience of taking any other distance learning course in the past?”

JS: “No – this was my first experience, but I would recommend the course to anyone thinking of returning to education”.

LW: “Which topic did you personally find the most challenging, and did you find our course helpful and useful in getting to grips with that topic?”

JS: “I never really found much of the course all that difficult, the hardest part was getting started I suppose. The course was very useful though in helping me, in several ways.  Mainly it gave me the confidence to believe I could become a journalist and put the tools in place for me to further my career.”

LW: “Which section of the course did you find the most enjoyable?”

JS: “I found the assignment on interviewing someone the most enjoyable by far. I would be a shy person by nature but to have the confidence to approach someone has helped me a lot.  Doing research on the person and interviewing them and listening to them speak, was something I really enjoyed.

LW: “I know that you have recently had an article published – congratulations!  What are you most looking forward to next in your career as a freelance journalist?”

JS: “I am looking forward to having many more articles published and to exploring more avenues.  Also continuing to learn as I move forward.  I am also looking forward to meeting new people and hearing their opinions on all kinds of different subjects.  I am most looking forward to doing as much writing as I can”.

 What to learn more?

Request a Freelance Journalism eBrochure.

 

 

 

Online Education And Self-Empowerment

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“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” (C.S. Lewis)

Kilroy’s College is proud to be able to offer an open and online education to anyone who has the desire to learn regardless of age or ability.  We actively encourage people to go back to education and master a new skill. As a result we have had many mature learners studying with us in the College over the past 70 years.

Bridging the Digital Divide

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