Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) has recently partnered with the Gleneagle Group to provide hospitality management students with an assured workplace experience in Killarney, which ranks second to Dublin in terms of visitor accommodations and number of hotel rooms.
Students of TU Dublibn’s Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management will get paid placements while studying their one-year degree program.
The Gleneagle Group is a family-run hospitality and leisure company operated by three generations of the O’Donoghue family. It operates The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments, The Brehon, INEC (Ireland’s National Events Centre), Killarney Convention Centre, Scotts Hotel, The Maritime Hotel and Sheen Falls Country Club.
TU Dublin’s hotel partner
The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments has 245 guestrooms and 65 self-catering apartments, numerous restaurants and bars, function rooms and leisure facilities. Adjacent to it is The Brehon, a 125-bedroom, four-star hotel which the company opened in 2004 with a bar, a restaurant and function rooms. It added the Angsana Spa a year later. The Brehon Hotel and Angsana Spa has received several industry awards and is known as one of the top 10 hotels in Ireland according to TripAdvisor. It is a 15-minute walk to the Killarney town centre.
The Scotts Hotel, purchased by the O’Donoghues in 1978, grew from 40 bedrooms to 115 hotel rooms today, and is famous throughout Ireland for their Sunday morning jazz sessions which have become a tradition at the hotel.
The Gleneagle Group also manages The Maritime Hotel in Bantry, West Cork with 110 bedrooms, a swimming pool, kiddie pool, sauna and gymnasium and several function rooms which are a regular venue for weddings and conferences.
In recent years, the Gleneagle Group has been constantly expanding and hiring full-time and part-time staff to fill in positions in sales, guest relations, management, food and beverage, accommodation and operations.
Opportunities in Killarney
Killarney’s charm is its friendly people and its lush greenery, breathtaking natural landscape and diverse wildlife. It has popular spots for walking, cycling, horseback riding and 4WDriving and is always buzzing with events to thrill locals and tourists alike. Tourism is one of its leading industries along with ironworks and production of woolen products.
As one of Ireland’s tourism hubs, it brings in over €400 million annually and an estimated 1.1 million domestic and foreign tourists every year. It is home to some of the country’s stunning sceneries and iconic sites such as the Lough Leane, Killarney National Park which is Ireland’s first national park (designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1981), St Mary’s Cathedral, Ross Castle, Muckrose House and Abbey, Lakes of Killarney, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Purple Mountain, Mangeton Mountain, Gap of Dunloe and Torc Waterfall.
Killarney is busy with tourists visiting the town’s numerous shops and tourist attractions especially during the summer. Sporting events like the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, Killarney Regatta, 5-kilometre Summer Fest Fun Run and the Killarney Races are being held during this season. Killarney is a popular destination for partygoers. Nightlight is also alive every night during the summer months and every weekend throughout the year.
Conferences and events are held year-round. Ireland’s National Events Centre (INEC) Killarney, which is managed by the Gleneagle Group, holds major events regularly. INEC Killarney has a capacity of 2,500 and has hosted many major conferences by Google, IBM and GSK. It can also hold sporting events like tae-kwon-do, snooker, boxing or concerts with domestic and international performers.
Students of TU Dublin’s Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management will have lots of opportunities to get work after finishing their year-long program. They can apply for a one-year post-study work visa and stay in Ireland to apply the knowledge and skills that they’ve learned after pursuing their course.