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Venues around Ireland offering Failte Ireland Culinary Programme

Fáilte Ireland has launched a pilot Culinary Programme for up to 200 participants to allow them to successfully enter the tourism industry with the prospect of a culinary career. 

The successful participants will have the option at a later stage to progress on to a newly developed ‘Chef’s Apprenticeship Programme’. - See more on the Failte Ireland Website Here.

Below are the venues around the country that still may have positions available on their course:


Anthony Brady
Howth Castle
Howth Castle, Howth, Dublin 13
Interviews next week

Tim Greenwood
Cooks Academy
19 South William Street, Dublin
Applications via email ; Vanessa Greenwood


Ann Neary
Ryeland House Cookery School
Cuffesgrange, Kilkenny
Contact Anne 0567729073 / 0862767656

Róisín McQuillan
School of Food, Kilkenny
Ladyswell, Dublin Road, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny


Mark and Bernie Doe
Just Cooking
Killahane, Firies, Killarney, Co. Kerry
The course will commence week beginning the 14th December and will finish early March.
To apply please forward an up to date CV via email to or post to Just Cooking, Killahane, Firies, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
Any queries please call Bernie on 086 6095318. Closing date for applications is Tuesday 8th December


Sian Breslin
Donegal Cookery School
Clar Road, Donegal Town
Interviewing all interested parties early next week. Our start day 11th December - Induction Day. 14th December - 17th December Week 1. Restart January 4th January.
Contact numbers Sian 0831008115 0749725222 Anthony 0860619999 or email

Karl Sweeney
The Swilly Group
iTek Building, Business Park Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal


Ms. Vanessa Hogg
St. Angela's College
Lough Gill, Sligo
To register for the programme please complete form. Please return completed application forms by post to, St. Angela's College, Lough Gill, Sligo / by email to
If you have any queries please phone Vanessa at 071 9143580.


Bernadette Enright
ETB Limerick
Hospitality Education Training Centre, Roxboro, Limerick


Sarah Moloney
Hook and Ladder
2 Westgate Retail Park, Tramore Road, Waterford
Taking applications for the Pilot Culinary Programme Please see below link to our website with details on the programme:
The first Induction and Orientation day is scheduled for Monday 14th December. The course will then commence on Monday 11th January and will finish on March 18th
The contact information is 051-413778

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