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Killarney opens new international college of hotel management




IN WHAT is the first of its kind in Ireland, a brand-new international college of hotel management will open its doors in Killarney.

The Institute of Technology, Tralee, and The Gleneagle Hotel Group have joined forces to create this new college, which is preparing to welcome its first students in September 2017.

It is modelled on the Swiss hotel management education system and is backed by a major international education group with similar colleges in Germany and Austria.

The college will offer higher education programmes in hotel management to mainly international students. The courses will combine practical on-the-job training with classroom and online learning designed to equip students with the varied skillset required for a successful career in the hospitality industry. The new venture represents a key strategic public/private partnership between The Gleneagle Group and IT Tralee while securing students from overseas is one of a number of objectives specified under the Action Plan for Jobs (2016).

Dr Oliver Murphy, President of IT Tralee, outlined: “The opening of the International College of Hotel Management in Killarney represents an excellent opportunity for IT Tralee. We have had some notable successes in the internationalisation of our programmes with almost 400 international students attending our Tralee campus annually. This experience, coupled with our extensive range of tourism and hospitality programmes, will help ensure the new college benefits from our international education experience. This venture is a key development in our pathway towards the attainment of the Munster Technological University (MTU) status in partnership with CIT.”

Patrick O’Donoghue, CEO of The Gleneagle Group, said: “Killarney is the home of Irish tourism, there is a wealth of knowledge and experience here. This college will harness the intrinsic expertise of the locality and the excellent academic offerings of IT Tralee to produce a world-class suite of courses. Our ancestors established a centre of learning on Innisfallen, which attracted scholars from across Europe. Now, centuries later, we will once again welcome students from around the world to Killarney.”

Mary Rose Stafford, Head of School of Business, Computing and Humanities, acknowledges the longer term benefits the college will bring at regional and national level: “The programmes will be unique in terms of how they are taught. Programme delivery will focus on work-based learning and distance learning, as well as traditional lectures and practical demonstrations. Students living and studying in Killarney will contribute to the economy of the town and will undertake their work-placements in hotels throughout the region. We hope to gain the support of regional hotel providers and we will be encouraging them to benefit from the availability of highly trained and skilled personnel for placements.”

While the first students are expected to join the college in September 2017, the full degree programme will be on offer from September 2018 and will be an honours bachelor degree (NFQ Level 8) in Hotel Management.

Above: Mary Rose Stafford Institute of Technology, Tralee, Dr Oliver Murphy President Institute of Technology, Tralee, Patrick O’Donoghue CEO Gleneagle Group and Dr William Sheehan, Gleneagle Group. PICTURE: DOMNICK WALSH

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Handball continues to shine in Killarney

By Con Dennehy Handball in the Killarney region can look back at 2022 as a year of continued progress, the promotion of handball in East Kerry and the introduction of […]



By Con Dennehy

Handball in the Killarney region can look back at 2022 as a year of continued progress, the promotion of handball in East Kerry and the introduction of the sport to a new generation.

It has been a phenomenal and successful year for the Spa Killarney Club. At the Annual General Meeting of the club this week, one of the highlights of the year singled out for mention was the hosting and promotion of a One Wall National Tournament which attracted players from all over Ireland to the Killarney venue in March.

There was joy for the home club at the tournament when Currow native and Spa Killarney Club member Aoife Walsh had an impressive victory in the highly competitive Ladies B championship.

There was also an international dimension for the club in 2022 when four players took part in the European One Wall Tournament in London. At this event Eoin O’Donoghue won gold in the Open Doubles B championship where he partnered with John Joe Quirke from Glenbeigh and Brendan O’Donoghue won a silver medal in the Over 40 Doubles final.

“As a new club we were delighted with the success we achieved in 2022. In January Aoife Walsh and Sinead Moriarty took home silverware in the highly competitive She’s Ace competition in Tyrone. This really was our springboard for success during the year and resulted in some of our players competing in the One Wall national finals in Roscommon in July. We are looking forward to an exciting 2023 and hopefully welcoming new members to the club,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, PRO of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

The club rounded off a memorable year in October when they hosted the Munster One Wall championships and the Kerry Handball Board AGM in November where club members Kieran O’Brien was elected president of Kerry Handball and Brendan O’Donoghue was appointed delegate to the Kerry GAA Board.

Officers Elected for 2023/2024: Brendan O’Donoghue (Chairman), Sinead Moriarty (Vice Chairperson), David Gillespie (Secretary), Eoin O’Donoghue (PRO) and James O’Brien (Treasurer).

Open Night

Spa Killarney Handball Club will host an Open Night at the Spa GAA Club on Monday night (February 6). This will be an opportunity for attendees to savour the thrill of handball, have a taster game and meet the club players. It commences at 7pm and all over 18s are welcome.

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Kerry base confirmed for Rás Mumhan

By Sean Moriarty Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster. The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in […]




By Sean Moriarty

Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster.

The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in Castleisland and will run from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

The final route has not yet been revealed but it is expected to follow a similar path to the 2022 edition.

Last year, due to organisational difficulties, the Rás Mumhan committee asked local clubs to take charge of each day of the race.

Killarney Cycling Club hosted the Easter Saturday leg of the race, including managing the stage start in the town centre, the Category One mountain climb at Bealach Oisin Pass and the stage finish in Sneem.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Easter and we wish all the riders the best of luck in their preparations for the event. Further details to follow as they are confirmed,” said Race Secretary Sinéad Moriarty.


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