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All smiles as Kerry students enjoy tourism and hospitality careers roadshow

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OVER 250 students from schools in Kerry and across the southwest gathered at the INEC, Killarney, today for the first tourism and hospitality careers roadshow.

Organised by the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), the initiative is part of an industry-led programme being run in association with the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI), IT Tralee, Cork IT and Regional Skills, to give senior cycle students a flavour of the wide variety of careers and roles available in tourism and hospitality industry and the various career paths they can take to get started. Further careers events are planned across the country over the coming months.

The inaugural Tourism & Hospitality Careers Roadshow in Killarney was run in close collaboration with local tourism and hospitality businesses, many of whom were present to give the students a personal insight into training and working in the sector.

Students and lecturers from IT Tralee and Cork IT were also on hand to talk about the various tourism and hospitality courses that are available.
Speaking at the event, IHF President Joe Dolan described the life-long opportunity that tourism offers for those who have an interest in a people oriented and customer focused job. “Tourism is returning to strong growth and tourism and hospitality businesses in Ireland need to recruit over 6,000 entry-level employees each year across all areas of their operations. It is a tremendous time for young people to enter an industry where there is literally limitless potential to develop a career across a range of specialist areas.”

Mr Dolan added: “The National Tourism Careers Roadshow has been developed to give young people a sense of the wealth of options available in the tourism and hospitality. It’s also an outstanding opportunity for us as an industry to engage our future potential employees and help them explore the many career entry options available, including hundreds of specialist third-level courses throughout the country.”
Further information about the programme and careers within the hospitality industry is available at www.getalifeintourism.ie and www.tourisminsight.ie.
 


 
Above: Andrea Armero, Tralee, Maeve Rotte, Waterford, Amy Walsh, Killarney, Kathryn Coffey, Killorglin, and Nandi Tshikota, Tralee from the Institute of Technology Tralee with Joe Dolan, President, Irish Hotels Federation at the Tourism & Hospitality Careers Roadshow at the INEC, Killarney.
PICTURE: MACMONAGLE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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By Michelle Crean

A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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