Ruairí off to Russia in search of gold

Ruairí off to Russia in search of gold


Ruairi Grealish

“This is huge for me as my parents have a family business.. I’ve been working in hospitality since I was very young so to get to this level is quite amazing for me” – Ruairi Grealish from Galway who studies in Shannon College of Hotel Management and is competing in Restaurant Service. Ruairi is representing both his country and family busines The Kings Head Galway. We are sure Ruairi will do our country and his family proud! Socialtv Shannon College of Hotel Management The Kings Head Apprenticeship Ireland Newstalk Virgin Media Ireland

Posted by WorldSkills Ireland on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Shannon College of Hotel Management student is heading to Russia next week to represent Ireland in the WorldSkills competition.

It’s no surprise that Ruairí Grealish is studying a Bachelor of Commerce in International Hotel Management as he grew up surrounded by the hospitality industry as his parents are the owners of The Kings Head Bar and Restaurant in Galway city.

Ruairí came first place at the IrelandSkills national competition in Restaurant Service at the RDS in March and was awarded the Department of Education Silver Medal. He is representing Ireland in the 45th Worldskills competition in Kazan, Russia which takes place from the 22-27 August.

The Worldskills competition will host young professionals from more than 60 countries will compete for medals in 56 skills across a wide range of fields.

Ruairí Grealish (left) is off the Russia to represent Ireland

Also travelling to Russia is Andrew Langford, graduate of Shannon College and Lecturer in Food and Beverage Studies at the College. Andrew is the Irish Expert in Restaurant Service for WorldSkills Ireland and Chief Examiner for IrelandSkills. Andrew is a Certified Sommelier at the Court of Master Sommeliers and is currently pursuing a Diploma in Wine and Spirits. Prior to his career in education, Andrew worked in Food and Beverage management positions at a number of five star hotels in Chicago, London, Dubai and Scotland.

Ruairí gained intensive experience in his 2nd year placement at the 5 star Hotel d’Angleterre in Switzerland, together with his training for the past 11 weeks under the watchful eye of Andrew Langford, he is ready to fly the flag for Ireland. Head of College, Dr. Phillip J. Smyth wished Ruairí and Team Ireland every success in Russia.