Hoteliers of tomorrow graduate from University of Galway’s Shannon College of Hotel Management

From left, Catriona Murtagh, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny; Nicky Logue, Class Patron and General Manager of Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin; Isabella Condon, Newcastlewest, Co Limerick; and Niamh Kemmy, Castletroy, Co. Limerick. Credit - Arthur Ellis.
Mar 10 2023 Posted: 12:19 GMT

Shannon College of Hotel Management has presented over 100 students with degrees from its world-renowned institution, while also celebrating the recovery of the hospitality industry globally which has faced many challenges as a result of the pandemic.

Founded by Dr Brendan O’Regan in 1951, Shannon College is part of University of Galway and is the only third level college in the country with 100% graduate employment. Many of its graduates are currently working in some of the most renowned hotels around the world including Claridge’s London, Intercontinental Miami, Hilton Seychelles and the Ritz Carlton Toronto. 

The most recent cohort of graduates hailed from ten countries including Ireland, India, China, Malaysia, South Korea, Seychelles and Germany. 

Speaking at the conferring ceremony which took place on Thursday, Adrian Sylver, Head of Shannon College, said: “The industry is rebounding after a turbulent period. Central to this resurgence is the people. You graduate today with a degree in International Hotel Management, your degree has equipped you with skills highly sought in the industry. You have mastered modules in all the key business disciplines and those specific to the hospitality industry. Additionally in Shannon we have strived to hone your management and interpersonal skills. The Shannon qualification goes beyond the academic studies, lifelong skills are developed that will make you stand out in the industry. Tourism, Ireland's largest indigenous sector and biggest regional employer, is on a strong recovery trajectory after the difficulties of the pandemic.” 

Professor Geraint Howells, Executive Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law at University of Galway, said: “It was wonderful to attend the conferring at Shannon College. The Shannon College spirit was present as ever and it was obvious why our graduates are so sought after due to their wide range of skills and professional and welcoming attitude.”

Elaina Fitzgerald Kane, Chairperson of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation, said: “There are significant opportunities for new graduates starting their tourism careers as well as those seeking career progression across the length and breadth of the country. This is one of Ireland’s most exciting sectors.” 


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