Friday, 5 April 2019

Shannon College of Hotel Management encourages students to take part in many extra curriclar activities throughout their time in the College. Industry competitions offer students an opportunity to compete against their peers both nationally and internationally. These competition give students the chance to learn new skills , network and develop themselves.  Take a look at some of the wonderful acheivements from this year.                                                                                                         Catex 2019 Competition: National Hospitality Student Cocktail Challenge. Students: Harry O'Reilly and Ashen Tennege Mentor: Brian HegartyAwards: Harry received a silver medal in the competition and Ashen received a certificate of merit. Competition:  Open Class Fish competitionStudents: Anna Heavers Mentor:  Keith CardenAwards: Gold competing in the Open Class Fish competitionJunior (Under 25) Grand Prix Chef of the Year!Anna will now go forward to represent Ireland at the World Olympics Competition in Luxembourg. Competition:  Hand Crafted ChocolatesStudents: Cliona McCarthy Mentor: Sarah RyanAwards: Bronze Medal in competition class hand crafted chocolates. IHI National Hospitality Business Management Games 2019  Students:Cliona McCarthy Raphaelle BouchereauBeatriz Nagarain Perez,Ian Keating (Captain)Sean MoranMentor: Debroah O’Hanlon, Sean T Ruane and Trevor McCarthyAwards: Second Place The Competition This year’s Business Management Game took place at the Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport on Sunday and Monday, 3rd and 4th of March.  It is an inter-college competition for 3rd and 4th year students studying Hospitality Management, and over the course of the two days, the students are given a total of three real industry challenges designed to test their business and financial acumen, as well as their team-building skills. The three challenges focused on the use of simulation management in forecasting room rates and developing a room rate strategy, new concept design for Dalata hotel group, organising and managing a HOD meeting in front of industry GMs and judges. Three teams battled in the final presentation in front of industry judging panel, colleges and attendees.                                                                                  Ireland skills Restaurant Service Students:Ruairi GrealishIan Moloney Mentor: Andrew LangfordAward:Ruairí Grealish was the outright winner being presented with the Dept of Education and Skills Silver Medal. Ruairí will now go forward to represent Ireland at World Skills in Kazan in August where he will compete against 35 other countries. This is the 5th time the college has won this national competition in the last 8 years.  Young Hoteliers Summit 2019   Students: Carrie Mooney and Neal Fennelly Mentor: Kate O’ConnellYHS has worked hard to become recognized as the largest student-run summit in the world. Every year, YHS welcomes approximately 30 speakers, student delegates from over 40 of the world’s leading hospitality institutions, as well as members of the media and other external guests to the summit. Building on a different theme each year, YHS serves as a platform for interesting and insightful debates and discussions on the industry’s hottest topics. The 10th Edition of the Young Hoteliers Summit celebrated and illustrated the great diversity and width to which the hospitality industry has progressed. While relying on traditionally inspired business models, today’s hospitality sector has developed into a multifaceted landscape, where the continuous evolution of consumer behaviour and the growing power of online disruptors have substantially impacted the number of stakeholders and, thereby, increased the industry’s complexity significantly. In order to honour YHS’s anniversary and its associated accomplishments the 10th Edition aimed to narrate hospitality success stories and simultaneously build a roadmap for the future leaders of the industry: Envisioning - Defining - Succeeding ; Three powerful words guiding the content for three insightful days.

Monday, 25 March 2019

‌ Congratulations to Anna Hevers ( Year 3) who won gold competing in the Open Class Fish competition at Catex. She has also won Junior (Under 25) Grand Prix Chef of the Year! The judges have selected Anna to represent Ireland at the World Olympics competition as part of a Junior team which is to be held in 18 months time in Luxembourg. Pictured with Head of College Phillip J. Smyth and Culinary Lecturer and Coach Mr. Keith Carden.      

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

‌ We are thrilled to annouce that Ruairí Grealish has won first prize at the Ireland Skills Competition 2019 and was awarded the Department of Education and Skills Silver Medal at the closing ceremony.  Ruairí will now go forward as part of team Ireland travelling to Kazan in Russia for the Worldskills finals in August. Well done Ruairí, we will all be behind you in Russia!! 

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

The Ultimate Lip Sync Battle in Aid of The Breast Unit in the University Hospital Limerick The students and staff of Shannon College of Hotel Management are taking to the stage in the Ultimate Lip Sync Battle. As part of their Event Management module, a group of final year students have organised the Lip-Sync event in aid of the Breast Unit in the University Hospital Limerick. On the night, nine groups of students and lectures will perform, hoping to impress a panel of judges including a local celebrity eager to discover a star. The Ultimate Lip Sync Battle will take place on the 11th of April in Shannon Town. For more information on the event and how to secure a ticket please contact the team on: Tickets are on sale now.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

SHANNON COLLEGE OF HOTEL MANAGEMENT TACKLES MENTAL HEALTH TOPIC AND BEAT ALL OF EUROPE A team of five Third Year students from Shannon College, A College of NUI Galway, have won the prestigious European Mise en Place Cup (EMCup), which pitches European hotel management colleges against each other in a range of business challenges. Daniel Czukor (Budapest, Hungary); Ciara Downes (Kilmihil, Co. Clare); and Anna Hevers (Rochestown, Cork); Niamh O’Neill (Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford) and Claudio Stringa (Milan, Italy), along with their coaches Celine Ryan (Cooleyhenan, Limerick) and Kristin Horan (Sixmilebridge, Clare), travelled to Maastricht, the Netherlands to take part in the two day competition . The team, named Shannon’s Duty, prevailed. They won four prizes - including first place overall - with their ideas on improving mental health awareness and training in hotel management education.  The EMCup is an annual competition of the leading Hotel Management schools in Europe. This year saw 36 international Hotel schools from 15 countries compete. Students shared their ideas on the theme “Get Real… Education – Old School vs. New School”, focusing on the current curriculum and their visions for the future in Hotel Management education. The students were judged by a Business Jury, consisting of more than 80 hospitality professionals representing over 44 different companies. The teams of students completed several assignments prior to the competition. These included setting up a social media campaign to increase brand awareness on the EMCup and its theme; and submitting an academic paper detailing their vision for the future of hotel management education. During the competition, the teams began by presenting their academic paper and then working on a case which they presented as well. These elements were part of the ranking of the top 18. The top 18 then battled head to head in live debates and the winners – the top 9 – got the opportunity to elaborate on their case and present their ideas to a large audience on stage at MECC Maastricht. In their paper and initial pitch, Shannon’s Duty proposed the addition of modules to Hotel Management courses that are specifically designed and dedicated to stress management strategies. Team Captain Niamh O’Neill explains why they chose the topic.  “Hospitality is a sensational career, it is both motivating and stimulating: there are days it can take your breath away. On the other hand, hospitality is a tough industry, which sometimes does not get recognised. It can be physically and psychologically exhausting. We chose this topic because we want our future hoteliers not just to take care of their guests, but first to take care of themselves.” “To see an idea such as mental health and wellness for students and staff in hospitality being prioritised and voted for by academics and business jury members over finance ideas and IT concepts is so encouraging. The EMCup sets out to challenge people and get the best from them, and all involved have been made a little bit better for having been a part of it all.” (Celine Ryan) In addition to winning the competition overall, Shannon College captured Best Team Photo; Best Pitch – Case; and Best Debate. “We are so proud of the students. Shannon’s Duty have been working diligently on the EMCup project outside of class time - in addition to their normal coursework- since September. I believe their detailed preparation, and the combination of their distinctive idea and ability to engage and inspire the Business Jury, Academics and the other teams attending are what earned them the win.” (Kristin Horan) “Our programmes, which emphasize business and professional training, combined with lengthy placements, have prepared our team to take on the best in Europe and win. We are so proud!” (Dr. Phillip Smyth – Head of College)  

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Happy New Year Happy New Year to all the Shannon Family. May 2019 be kind to us all. ‌  

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Chinese Ambassador to Ireland Dr. Phillip Smyth (Head of College) and Helena Doody (Marketing Manager) had the pleasure of meeting Mr. H.E Eoin O’Leary, the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland at the Irish Embassy in Beijing recently. ‌

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Chinese Student and Scholars Association Congratulations to the new CSSA (Chinese Student and Scholars Association)at Shannon College of Hotel Management. They are enriching current Chinese students’ leisure time and have great activities planned for the academic year. On the 27th of September many students included Nancy Zhao (Chairperson) attended, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ireland where a reception was held, marking the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

WorldSkills 2017 ‌Good Luck to Andrew Langford (2002) who travels to Abu Dhabi this weekend to take up the role of Expert in Restaurant Service for WorldSkills Ireland for the 2017 competition.  Andrew will be the Irish Expert at the competition and will be involved in judging competitors from 37 countries. Andrews’s role involved selecting and training the competitor that will represent Ireland in the Competition.  The role of trainer has been ongoing since the end of July and he will depart with Team Ireland on Sunday October 8th for Abu Dhabi along with his competitor Kathlyn Leahy. The WorldSkills Competition, which is held every two years and is the world’s largest professional education event. Approximately 1,200 competitors from 60 countries and regions will compete in almost 50 different skills and disciplines. All competitors will demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study and/or perform in their workplace. Over 800 volunteers are assisting the expected 200,000 visitors and school groups. Shannon College’s success at national level has been second to none with Andrew training 4 national champions since 2012.  Alina Sile who was national champion in 2015 went on to represent Ireland at WorldSkills in Sao Paulo and won a gold medal.