CIT Tourism & Hospitality Roadshow "A Huge Success"
Published on: Friday, 28 November 2014
CIT's Department of Tourism & Hospitality went to Midleton for the first of its Tourism, Hospitality & Culinary Roadshows and the event was a huge success.
The initiative was created following consultation with Guidance Counsellors in second-level schools and their students’ need for greater information on the study opportunities and career prospects available in the areas of Tourism, Hospitality, Culinary, and Bar Management. The event was supported by the Cork Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation and The Midleton Park Hotel. Transition, 5th and 6th year students, from 10 schools in the area were invited to attend.
The event comprised a cookery demonstration, along with a ‘mocktail’ demonstration carried out by current CIT students and lecturers. It also included a presentation on the courses available and a very informative Question & Answer Session. The Panel for the Q&A was made up of Michael Magner, Chairman Cork Branch IHF & Proprietor, Fitzgerald’s Vienna Woods Hotel; Adrian Gregan, Head of Department, CIT; Patrick Shields GM, Midleton Park Hotel and former CIT Student; Madeline Wright, IHF Employee of the Year 2014 & Blue Haven Hotel; Saoirse O’Brien, student in the Higher Certificate in Culinary Studies; and Finbarr Collins, student in the Bachelor of Business in Hospitality Management.
|Saoirse and Finbarr recently won Gold Medals at the 26th Annual AEHT Competition held in Serbia where 425 competitors, representing 85 European Tourism and Hospitality colleges, from 40 member countries, competed.|
Adrian Gregan said “We are delighted to have visited Midleton, an area so rich in the tradition of hospitality and where so many of our students come from and eventually work, so that we can enhance the information available to second level students considering studies and a career in the area. It is hoped that where there is demand, we would roll out similar Roadshows to other areas in the coming months.”
The Department of Tourism and Hospitality encompasses the areas of Culinary Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Bar Management. It has more than 700 students and a team of dedicated, student-centred, industry experienced lecturers, across these disciplines and is located in a modern purpose-built building on CIT’s Bishopstown Campus.
(L- R) Donagh Davern, CIT Lecturer; Adrian Gregan, Head of CIT Department of Tourism and Hospitality; guest speaker Patrick Shiels, GM Midelton Park Hotel; AEHT winners CIT students Saoirse O’Brien, student in the Higher Certificate in Culinary Studies; and Finbarr Collins, student in the Bachelor of Business in Hospitality Management; Madeline Wright, Blue Haven Hotel Kinsale; and Michael Magner, Irish Hotels Federation at the CIT Tourism, Hospitality & Culinary Roadshow.
Julie Kelly, Crosshaven and Bróna Stack, 2nd Year CIT Culinary Student.
Dorothy and Nicole Walsh, St Marys High School Midelton speaking with Sinead Clancy, CIT.
Mairead Fitzgerald, James Duggan, Chloe Noonan and Asleigh Wyse, Ballyvolane.
Image credit: Darragh Kane