Transfer Programme

KDYS Youth Information delivers a ‘KDYS Transfer Programme’ to 6th class students across Kerry.  The programme aims to support young people in their transition into secondary school.

KDYS have been delivering the KDYS Transfer Programmes to schools across the county for over 15 years and have impacted on more than 35 schools annually since 2021.  The programme was researched and produced by KDYS youth workers, utilising both internal and external resources and was reviewed and updated in 2022 by the then 6th class students from several schools across the county.  The programme is delivered in a fun, informative and interactive manner.

KDYS Transfer Programme is made up of four sessions delivered weekly using a workbook. .  This workbook  will remain with the student at the end of the programme.  Each session focuses on a different aspect of secondary school.  The programme aims to reduce anxiety associated with moving onto second level education.  Young people are encouraged to ask questions, to identify their concerns and expectations. To get to know as much as they can about their new school prior to moving in September.

In 2024 KDYS Youth Information introduced a pilot peer education programme, to enable 4th year students to deliver the programme to 6th class students.  The programme has been piloted in Castleisland and Killorglin.  The Transition Year students in Castleisland Community College and Killorglin Community College have trained to deliver the KDYS Transfer Programme to three primary schools in Castleisland and one primary school in Killorglin.   

This programme provides TY students with the opportunity to gain additional skills and to share their knowledge of life in secondary school with 6th class students.   The 6th class students in turn get to build positive relationships with the TY students, providing them with a readymade support network when they move into secondary school in September.

For more information regarding the programme, do not hesitate to contact KDYS Youth Information: Anne on 087 7801575 or Shannon on 085 8075996.

annemurphy@kdys.ie or shannonosullivan@kdys.ie

Safety on a Night Out

Safety on a Night Out

6 ways to stay safe on a night out

  1. Stay with your friends- If you are not able to find them and decide to go home, it is a good idea to order your taxi from inside the premises you are in and wait there until it arrives.
  2.  Try and arrange a drive home and go with someone you know. Using a taxi app, such as FreeNow. This allows you to have full information on the driver, such as license and car type without having to take the information down yourself.
  3. Have emergency money- It is a good idea if you are on a night out to keep some money on you separate to your wallet or purse. By doing this it means that if your lose it or it gets stolen that you will still have some money to get a taxi home if you need to.
  4. Avoid taking drinks from a stranger- If you are on a night out avoid taking drinks from people you don’t know or leaving your drink unattended. If you want to dance or go to the bathroom, you should avoid leaving your drink alone. Where possible leave it with someone you trust or finish your drink before leaving the table.
  5. Charge your phone- Fully charge your phone before you go on a night out. Having a working phone means that you can call someone if something goes wrong. It also means that you can use it to book a taxi or call someone to come collect you. You should also try to have credit on your phone before you go out.
  6. If you decide to go home with someone- tell your friends, the address and their full name. Always use protection. If you are a female on contraception, it is important to use a condom to protect against STI’S.

All of this information is available on SpunOut

Road Safety

Road Safety

Road Safety for young adults is particularly important, due to lack of experience on the road. The Road Safety Authority in Ireland advocate for road safety for all road users. To learn more visit https://www.rsa.ie/road-safety 

Key risk factors for young drivers- Carrying passengers- Research shows that peer pressure can encourage bad driving and result in drivers ‘showing off’ to their passengers and taking more risks. Newly qualified drivers with a car full of passengers of similar age are four times more likely to be in a fatal crash, compared with when driving alone. However, when carrying older adult passengers, young drivers are less likely to crash, indicating it is peer pressure rather than simply the presence of passengers that raises the risk.

Driving at night- Young drivers have a higher proportion of crashes in the evenings and early mornings. Driving at night also requires extreme care. Young drivers may be under the impression that because roads are quieter at night it is safer for them to speed or pay less attention. In fact, driving at night takes more care due to poorer visibility, and greater likelihood of drink drivers or drunk pedestrians on the roads.

Speeding- Young people often drive too fast because they underestimate the risks associated with speeding, and crashes occur because they do not have to react to a dangerous situation and control their vehicle to avoid a collision.

Drink and drug driving- Drivers in their 20s self-report as having the highest rate of driving when over the drink-drive limit of all age groups.

The consequences of drink and drug driving are extremely serious. People involved in a road traffic incident are more than just a number for the Road Safety Report, they are someone’s family, friend, colleague, or neighbour.  

It takes at least one hour to process one standard drink. Visit Drink Aware for more information on what is a standard drink. 

Mobile Phones

Despite this, evidence suggests young drivers are more likely than older drivers to use their mobile phones at the wheel: the RAC has found that around half of young people (aged 17-24) admit to using their mobile phone behind the wheel, the highest proportion of all age categories.

Fun Things to do in Kerry

Fun Things to do in Kerry

What is there to do in Kerry?

Sports/ Clubs & Societies

  • (KRSP) Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership Tralee – aims to increase participation in sport and physical activity and, thereby, the creation of a more active, more inclusive, and healthier society. Contact information 066 718 4776 / info@kerryrecreationandsports.ie
  • GAA Football clubs in Kerry- https://www.kerrygaa.ie/clubs/
  • Visit the Aquadome, an indoor pool with fun slides and water effects. Open 10am-10pm Monday – Friday and 10am-7pm weekends. https://aquadome.ie/
  • Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre Open 10am-10pm Monday – Thursday, 10am-9pm Friday and 10am-7pm weekends. https://killarney.coralleisure.ie/
  • Tralee Park runs happen every Saturday @9:30am. Take place at Tralee Town Park, Denny Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

There are multiple clubs and societies available in the MTU Munster Technological University. To view clubs https://www.mtu.ie/campus-life/clubs/ and to view societies https://www.mtu.ie/campus-life/societies/.

There are various clubs and societies depending on your interests. If you need more information contact KDYS Youth Information 087 7801575 / 085 8075996.


  • Bowling Buddies in Tralee https://bowlingbuddiestralee.com/
  • Omniplex Cinema located in Killarney and Tralee
  • Killarney Skate Park located beside Killarney Sports and Leisure club.


In Kerry we are fortunate to have some of the most beautiful beaches, national parks and hidden gems dotted across the county. For more information visit https://www.discoverkerry.com/

Money & Time Management

Money & Time Management

Money Management Skills

Being a student is supposed to be like a full-time job but without the benefits of a pay packet. Students’ financial situations vary so here are some simple methods to help budget for all financial circumstances.

Budgeting is a life skill to develop for all adults.

  1. Making a list of all incoming and outgoing expenditure is an excellent place to start.
  2. Break down your payments monthly if for example you get a SUSI loan and get it on a certain date every month then plan your finances around that date.
  3. Always spend the money on your ‘musts’ rent, bills, food and loan repayments, before your ‘wants’.
  4. If you are struggling to repay debts call MABS on 0761 07 2000

Check out our student financial supports HERE.

Money Management Skills

  1. Create a shopping list- Planning your meals ahead of time so you can budget exactly what is needed. Having a shopping list is an excellent idea because you are less likely to deviate and spend excessively. While items like milk, bread, fruit, and vegetables go off quickly, student staples like pasta, rice, tea, and canned goods have longer expiry dates (and can be bought in bulk, if there is a deal going).
  2. Don’t delay paying bills- if your Wi-Fi and electric are to be paid monthly. Have that money put aside so you don’t spend it unknowingly.
  3. Move money to a sperate. less accessible account, to avoid unnecessary spending.
  4. Always have a buffer- don’t budget to the very last cent. Have excess money in case something pops up, for example a trip home or new college supplies.
  5. Check to see where you can get student discounts and utilise that service.

Visit citizens information to learn more.

Time Management Skills

Procrastination is our way of coping with negative emotions associated with certain tasks, think boredom, anxiety, insecurity, frustration, self-doubt, etc. Everyone battles with this at some stage or another. Next time it creeps in try these tips:

  1. Practice self-compassion and allow yourself a few minutes to procrastinate.
  2. Motivation- follows actions, so thinking about the next action opens up the possibility of tackling your task in the present. For example, if you were to start on your paper, maybe the next action would be opening Word/PowerPoint/Excel.
  3. Make your temptations more inconvenient- If you are tempted to take a nap, work at a table somewhere far away from your dorm. If you are tempted to check social media, put your phone in a different room.

Other tips include:

  1. Maintain and develop a list of specific things to be done each day. Prioritise that list and complete the most urgent tasks at the start of day.
  2. Set incremental deadlines for longer-term projects.
  3. Work in 45 minutes to 1.5-hour chunks then take a break to avoid the exhaustion that comes from overexertion.
  4. Concentrate on one task at a time. (Lakein.A, How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life)