IT Tralee rules out interest in Killarney’s St Finan’s for hotel management college

IT Tralee has ruled out interest in the St Finan’s hospital campus in Killarney for a hotel management college.

Yesterday it was revealed that HSE plans for the lands include a third-level outreach college, but the Institute of Technology Tralee says that’s not the case.

The Victorian building, which housed the former St Finan’s psychiatric institution in Killarney, is based on a 30-acre campus.

Yesterday it was revealed by the HSE that plans for the lands include social housing and a community nursing unit, as well as a third-level outreach college, however, the Institute of Technology Tralee says that’s not the case.

They say the South West Action Plan for Jobs outlines the creation of an international hospitality school in Killarney.

The International College of Hotel Management in Killarney is a collaboration between IT Tralee and the Gleneagle Group, and is modelled on the Swiss hotel management education system.

It’ll offer higher education programmes in hotel management to mainly international students, combining practical on-the-job training, with classroom and online learning.

IT Tralee says that in partnership with other key stakeholders they considered St Finan’s as a possible location for this development, but the building was deemed unsuitable and this was communicated to the HSE.