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
Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert
NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.
By Michelle Crean
Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.
Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.
As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.
“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”
Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.
“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”
€1m upgrade for Killarney store
INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle
A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.
Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.
And customers admired the new look.
DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.
“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.
“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”
Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig
By Michelle Crean
One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.
Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.
Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.
‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.
In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.
“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.
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