Ireland's first Geography Awareness Week, organised by the Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI) and the Association of Geography Teachers in Ireland (AGTI), takes place this week. Events are planned involving both second and third level students and institutions.
Geography Awareness Week is celebrated every year in the US in the third week of November, where the theme this year is "Declare Your Interdependence", highlighting the interconnectedness of all global/geographical activity.
Meanwhile, 2013 college applicants are faced with the busiest week of the year in the open days calendar, with nearly 20 HEIs, including UCD and DCU, hosting open days.
Tonight, NUI Galway hosts an information evening in the Osprey Hotel Naas Co Kildare, from 7pm-9pm.
Tomorrow, UCC's Mature Student Office hosts an Information Evening for prospective mature students at 5.30pm. The Institute of Technology, Tallaght, Dublin 24, hosts an open day from 1.30pm-6.30pm. Carlow College, Carlow, hosts its open day, from 10am-7pm.
Also tomorrow, the Institute of Technology, Sligo, St Angela's College, Sligo, and Sligo College of Further Education all host open days.
On Friday, Galway-Mayo IT hosts an Open Day from 10am-1pm at its Castlebar campus, with an information evening for parents and advisers the previous evening, Thursday from 7pm-9pm.
Athlone IT, Co Westmeath, hosts two open days this weekend, on Friday from 9.30am-2.00pm and on Saturday from 10am-12pm.
Dublin City University (DCU), which will always be recognised as the originator of the Irish open day, offers two consecutive open days, on Friday from 10am-3pm, and on Saturday, from 11am-2pm. DCU offers more than 50 undergraduate programmes in engineering, science and health, business, humanities and social sciences.
St Patrick's College of Education, a recognised college of DCU, and Marino College of Education, whose degree is accredited by TCD, both offer the same open day, this Saturday. Both colleges offer bachelor of education degree courses. St Patrick's College also offers a BA in arts/humanities.
Mater Dei Institute of Education, in nearby Clonliffe Road, Dublin 9, also hosts its open day on Saturday from 10am-4pm. Another college of DCU, All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, welcomes all to its open day (also Saturday) from 12pm-3pm.
This weekend, Cork Institute of Technology's annual open days will take place on Friday from 1pm-5pm and on Saturday, from 10am-2pm.
UCD, the largest university in the country, hosts its annual open day for 6th year students and mature applicants on Saturday from 10am-4pm.
Next Tuesday, November 20, there will be an Open Day in the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, from 10am-3pm; pre-booking is advised.
Also that day, Shannon College of Hotel Management hosts an open evening starting at 4.30pm sharp.
Cavan Institute hosts an Information Evening next Wednesday, November 21 (6pm-9pm), with its open day on Thursday, November 22 (9am-5pm).