WIT graduate develops restaurant

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Ade Walsh, Restaurant Management Graduate, pictured outside her premises Kilkieran Cottage

Ade Walsh, Restaurant Management Graduate, pictured outside her premises Kilkieran Cottage

Ade Walsh has been given the confidence to return to the restaurant industry following her graduation last January with distinction from the Restaurant Management Programme  run by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and funded by Fáilte Ireland. The course was developed by WIT in association with the Restaurant Association of Ireland, the French Culinary Institute in New York, and IoTs in Ireland, and many Irish hotels and restaurants have welcomed and supported this innovative
course.

Ade Walsh was born and bred in Jakarta, Indonesia. She came to Ireland in 1995 and fell in love as she says “with the warmth of the Irish people and the emerald beauty of Ireland”. Ade and her husband, Frank Walsh got married in 2000, and opened Kilkieran Cottage Restaurant in 1998. However, they had to give it up in 2002 with the pressures of a young family.

However, in 2010 Ade decided she wanted to re-open Kilkieran Cottage under her own management and realise a dream to make it into a top class restaurant.

Tony Quinlan, acting course leader and lecturer in tourism & hospitality at Waterford Institute of Technology, commented:

“The Restaurant Management Programme at WIT is a part time course ,delivered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week for 6 months excluding holiday times . The structure facilitates students to work and learn. It covers topical modules including , food energy and sustainability, services marketing, financial management and costing, restaurant design, beverage management, wine studies, leadership, HR management and restaurant & event management. We’ve had many success stories but Ade Walsh has been one of our star performers. She is driven by her entrepreneurial spirit and desire for success. Ade is so excited about her new venture. I know that she will make it work.”

The closing date for the next Restaurant Management Programme beginning next September is 8th of June 2012. Intending students  both restaurant practitioners and career changers  can download an application form at http://www.wit.ie/diprestman ; and receive the essay/case study guidelines which are part of the application process. Completed applications should be sent to [email protected]. This course is an ordinary degree (level 7) Special Purpose Award with an opportunity for students to progress onto the BA in Hospitality Management (year 2) in WIT. Applicants must be passionate about industry and aspire to professionalism in this growth industry.

Ade Walsh said:

“The course has given me valuable tools and knowledge. Most important of all it has given me the added confidence and expertise to return to the restaurant industry. I intend to  realize my dream of turning Kilkieran Cottage into a unique top class restaurant.   The facilities at WIT coupled with an approachable team of lecturers and a dynamic group of fellow students made for a most enjoyable and worthwhile time. It was very much a  hands on course , we learned by doing, and the experience I gained will never be forgotten.”

The restaurant is now recommended in the Georgina Campbell Ireland Guide and the formal re-opening is later this month.

Kilkieran Cottage is located next to the historical Kilkieran High Crosses, in the rural area of Carrick on Suir. It sits in a beautiful landscape at the side of Boollagh Hills with panoramic views across Suir valley to the Comeragh Mountain. Its unique location has made it a special place for diners, a change from the town restaurants and a relaxing getaway from daily routines.

The restaurant was built in 1997 opening in 1998. It was erected on a forgotten spot in the locality, and has become a significant landmark in the area. Kilkieran Cottage Restaurant is known as the ‘Home of Good Foods’ where the surrounding communities can take special guests and also celebrate special occasions.

Related Courses

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in  in Culinary Arts
Higher Certificate in Arts in  Culinary Arts
Higher Certificate in Arts in  Hospitality Studies
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in  Hospitality Management

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