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Ennistymon students hone their skills

TRANSITION-Year students from Ennistymon joined more than 200 secondary-school students from Galway, Mayo and Roscommon at GMIT recently to participate in the Future Skills project, supported by Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Access Service. The group from Ennistymon Vocational School was the only one from Clare to take part in the project this year. During the project, the students completed workshops with the assistance of business volunteers from companies including Hewlett Packard, Electronic Arts, AVAYA, SAP, Cambus Medical, AIB, Supermac’s and Top Oil. They explored employment opportunities based on their own interests and examined ways to access these opportunities through their education. Deirdre O’Connor, access officer at GMIT, informed the students of the courses available at GMIT and also advised them of the support that the access office provides for them on the campus. GMIT’s Future Skills is now in its sixth year and comprises three phases. The project begins with a local business volunteer visiting the students and teaching a …

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Award winning Patrick makes light work of cooking

A 22 year old Cooraclare man, who is a student chef at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has won the Student Culinarian of the Year award at the IFEX culinary competition in Belfast. Patrick Phillips, who is in his first year of a Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts in GMIT’s Galway campus, is also employed part-time at Aniar, Galway’s only Michelin Star restaurant. He won the accolade for his starter of goats cheese parfait, main course of pan-fried monkfish and dessert of baked apple. Speaking to The Clare Champion this week, Patrick cited his mother, Emyh, as a major influence in his chosen profession. “It started with my mam, who is from the Philippines, where food is a big part of their culture. I grew up in the kitchen watching her cook. Then in my teens I started watching cookery programmes and I got inspired by the likes of Gordon Ramsey and Heston Blumenthal. I started experimenting in the …

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