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Online support service opens for Clare Leaving Cert students

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Online support and advice to Leaving Cert students is being offered by Clare Youth Service.

Clare Youth Service is a founder of the national Youth Information Chat service which has opened especially for students today (Monday) from 12pm to 9pm and again tomorrow (Tuesday) during the same time.

With CAO offers to be released on Friday, the chat service will be in operation from 12pm to 9pm again. The support network has been created in response to the new system of calculated grades.

Helena Slattery of CYS encouraged students in Co Clare to avail of the service at “The Youth Information Chat is an easy to use chat service that works just like Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger. It helps provides students and parents with advice and answers to their questions during these unprecedented times. The service is staffed by trained Youth Information Officers, who can help students and parents discuss their situation and talk through their options in these unprecedented times”.

Youth Information Chat is an online chat service operated by CYS and other Youth Information Centres in association with Youth Work Ireland, YMCA Ireland, Crosscare, and by Ireland’s Youth Information website, The chat service connects young people or parents with a professional Youth Information Officer who can provide them with personalised information. The service is a great way for young people to get more information, learn about their opportunities, and talk through their own situations with someone who can help.

The Youth Information Chat service is also available every Monday to Friday, 4pm to 8pm or you can leave a message outside of those hours and receive a reply by email. The service is open to 16 to 25 year olds, parents, and people who work with young people.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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