Writing Break at Harvey's Point
A surge of interest in creative writing is evident throughout the country with memoir writing a focu...

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Flying High at Ballygarry
Padraig McGillycuddy is a high-flying hotelier. Not only is his preferred mode of transport piloting...

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IHI Founders Banquet
The annual Irish Hospitality Institute Founders Banquet and Irish Hospitality Awards takes place on ...

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Writing Break at Harvey's Point
Flying High at Ballygarry
IHI Founders Banquet


Chef pay up but below average

Chef pay rates are again going up but they are still well short of the average industrial wage, according to Excel Recruitment’s 2018 Salary Survey.
 Chef pay rates are again going up but 75% of all chefs are still falling short of the average industrial wage of €36,000 per annum. According to Excel Recruitment’s 2018 Salary Survey, a Chef de Partie can expect an average of €30,000 a year, while a Junior Sous Chef takes home €35,000. On the higher end of the scale, a Hotel Head Chef earns between €65,000- €70,000 + bonus while an Executive Chef in a Hotel can take home anything between €75,000- €82,000.
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Iveagh Garden Hotel opens

The first of a series of new Dublin hotels has opened on Harcourt Street.


The Iveagh Garden Hotel, developed at a cost of €40 million targets 
'the professional sector'. Accommodation ranges from deluxe doubles to premium suites with balconies overlooking  Iveagh Gardens. Room-only rates range from €159-€299 per night.
The hotel at 72-74 Harcourt Street, is set behind a restored Georgian facade and designed by JDDG (John Duffy Design Group).
It claims to be "the first and only hotel in Europe" with its unique energy system, harvesting natural energy from the River Swan, which it says flows 50m underground, "acting as an energy reserve for cooling and heating the hotel without burning fuel".
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Galway Hostel tops rankings

Galway City Hostel is the top-ranked Irish hostel according to online 


booking platform Hostelworld which has revealed its top 10 Irish hostels as part of its annual HOSCARs rankings.
Compiled from approximately one million reviews of 35,000 properties, ratings for the HOSCARs are based on customer experience, value for money, location, security, staff, atmosphere, facilities and cleanliness.
Hostelworld's Top 10 Irish hostels are:
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Dublin Gastronomy Symposium

Dr. Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire,Lecturer in Culinary Arts and Chair of Dublin Gastronomy Symposium has announced that the registration for the Dublin Gastronomy Symposium
 2018 in now open. The event takes place in the Dublin Institute of Technology, Cathal Brugha  St., Dublin, on the 29th and 30th May and the theme is ‘Food and Power’. More than  50 speakers will papers around the theme, and the international array of speakers have chosen disparate elements of the theme to debate and discuss. Papers are currently being reviewed and edited and will be posted on the DGS website in the coming weeks.
  The Keynote lecture at this year’s DGS will be delivered by Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, emerita, at New York University. 

European Jobs day for Irish hospitality

Thousands of hospitality industry job seekers from EU countries will be offered employment opportunities in Ireland during European On Line Jobs Day on 9th March 2018


. Employers will have access to a range of recruitment services, including publishing vacancies on the event’s website, automatic screening and matching of CVs and the scheduling and conducting of online interviews on the day of the event. During the event, employers will also be able to present their companies and hold live chats and Q&A sessions with potential employees from Europe. 
 The event will be widely advertised in Europe through social media platforms and online. Participation is free of charge for both employers and jobseekers.
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