World Skills Ireland
It’s no surprise that Ruairí Grealish is studying a Bachelor of Commerce in International Hotel Management as he grew up surrounded by the hospitality industry as his parents are the owners of The Kings Head Bar and Restaurant in Galway city. Ruairí came first place at the IrelandSkills national competition in Restaurant Service at the RDS in March and was awarded the Department of Education Silver Medal. He is representing Ireland in the 45th Worldskills competition in Kazan, Russia which takes place from the 22-27 August.
The Worldskills competition will host young professionals from more than 60 countries will compete for medals in 56 skills across a wide range of fields.
Also travelling to Russia is Andrew Langford, graduate of Shannon College and Lecturer in Food and Beverage Studies at the College. Andrew is the Irish Expert in Restaurant Service for WorldSkills Ireland and Chief Examiner for IrelandSkills. Andrew is a Certified Sommelier at the Court of Master Sommeliers and is currently pursuing a Diploma in Wine and Spirits. Prior to his career in education, Andrew worked in Food and Beverage management positions at a number of five star hotels in Chicago, London, Dubai and Scotland.
Ruairí gained intensive experience in his 2nd year placement at the 5 star Hotel d’Angleterre in Switzerland, together with his training for the past 11 weeks under the watchful eye of Andrew Langford, he is ready to fly the flag for Ireland. Head of College, Dr. Phillip J. Smyth wished Ruairí and Team Ireland every success in Russia.