Trainee David off to hotelier competition
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.
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.