News: The Central Applications Office (CAO) released 2016 application information today ,up to the Change of Course Choices closing date of 1st March. A total of 76,081 applications were received by CAO by the 1 February closing date, an increase of 1,657 applicants on the previous year – 307 of these applicants were Advanced Entry applicants only. The final figure is likely to be slightly higher with late applications accepeted until 1st May. The number of applicants applying for places on most courses has increased this year, and is set to continue to increase each year for the next ten years, due to a population increase of approximately 2,000 children every year since the beginning of this century. This increase now being reflected in the numbers sitting the Leaving Cert.