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Tuesday 26 July 2016

Trainee David off to hotelier competition

Anne Campbell

Published 12/03/2014 | 05:20

David Donnelly
David Donnelly

A DUNDALK trainee hotel manager will be in Switzerland flying the flag for Ireland on St. Patrick's Day as he takes part in an international competition for young hoteliers.

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David Donnelly (21) from Belfry Gardens has been selected as one of two students who will represent Ireland's most prestigious hotel management institute – Shannon College – at the Young Hoteliers' Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland which starts on St Patrick's weekend.

David is a final year Bachelor of Business Studies and Hotel Management and will take part in a multi-national team competition that will test the skills of some of the best young hotel managers in the world.

The former St. Mary's College student said Shannon College has had a student on the winning team for the past three years, so expectations are high. David, who will take up a position with the Premier Inn group in Scotland after he graduates, is looking forward to pitting his skills against some of the best in the world.

It was a love of cooking, especially Home Economics at school, that put him on the path to Shannon College.

'I always had an interest in cookery and when I was 16 I came third in a TV cookery competition called Recipe for Success,' he said. 'But I knew earlier on that I didn't really want to be a chef because I wanted to be out meeting people and talking to them, helping them, so I looked at hospitality instead and applied to Shannon'.

After four years of intensive training, including a year at the prestigious five-star Conrad Hotel in Brussels, David is ready to join other graduates from the college, which boasts a 100 per cent post-grad employment rate.

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