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What is DARE

The University of Limerick is part of the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) scheme. DARE is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second-level education.

DARE offers reduced points places to school leavers who, as a result of having a disability, have experienced additional educational challenges in second-level education.

DARE Information sessions 2020

Disability Support Services at the University of Limerick will run two online DARE application information sessions in November 2020. These sessions can help students, parents, teachers and guidance counsellors with the application process.

The sessions will include information on the application process, deadlines and information on documentation. There will also be time for questions and answers.

Session one will be held on November 24th 2020 at 5:15 until 6:30 - Click on this link to join November 24th session  

Session two will be held on November 26th 2020 at 5:15 until 6:30 - Click on this link to join November 26th session

Both sessions will contain the same information, so you only need to attend one of the sessions.

For more information on the sessions or if you have any queries, please contact  or

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DARE Information

DARE is for school leavers with a disability under the age of 23 as of January 1st 2021, who have been educationally impacted as a result of that disability.

Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels and other EU qualifications.

Mature students and students applying on the basis of Further Education and Training (FET) results have different admission routes. You can get further information on these routes from college and university websites.


When applying to DARE, applicants must:

  1. Be under the age of 23 as of January 1st 2021.
  2. Apply to the CAO by 17:15 on February 1st 2021.
  3. No later than 17:15 on March 1st 2021, disclose your disability and/ or specific learning difficulty in your CAO application and fully and correctly complete Section A of the Supplementary Information Form (SIF). To apply to DARE, you must answer YES to Question 1 (‘Do you wish to be considered for DARE?’) on Section A of the fully completed SIF by 17:15 on March 1st 2021.
  4. Download Section B Educational Impact Statement (EIS) and have your school complete the form. Return the EIS to the CAO to arrive by 17:15 on March 15th 2021.
  5. Download Section C Evidence of Disability, and have it completed by the appropriate medical professional (only if you do not already have a report verifying your disability that meets the DARE criteria). Return it to the CAO to arrive by 17:15 on March 15th 2021.

Further information about the DARE scheme is available at and

For Further information contact -