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Killarney opens new international college of hotel management

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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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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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