I experienced the exact same thing when was I completing a course two years ago and it was horrible . I had to find and secure my own practicum and It took me a year to eventually find two places who were willing to take me on to do so. The two places who accepted me were in really dodgy parts of town too :/. I know it might sound far fetched but perhaps if you can suss out any places looking to hire in dodgy locations maybe you might be able to secure something with them? They'd most likely be desperate to take someone on, let alone have someone working temporarily for free . That being said best of luck to you and I hope someone takes you on soon!
That is ridiculous. I would report to the board of education about that. Do you happen to know any past pupils who have taken the course who might be able to give a had? Abuse family contacts, get aunts and cousins and all to all friends or work associates if they know anyone who would be willing to give you a placement. You never know you could end up somewhere you never would have pictured. Hang in there
Limiting the area, except for "special cases". Basically the one guy who moved down here from Sligo just for the course. And because I've lived her independently for over a year, I'm not a special circumstance.
I'm sorry but they are ridiculous. How are they expecting people to get anything at all or is it their plan to weed people off the course? That is actually harder than getting a job, where you have the freedom to go where you want. Would you be able to get experience in Clare? I'd say if someone could offer you a place in Clare, make an argument with your tutors that there's garunteed opportunities there and they should be limiting you.