Donal Ennis, Class of 2016 is currently working in Food & Beverage in Restaurants in Hong Kong.

What 3 words best describe your experience as a student of Shannon College?

Growth, Development, Ironing

What college memory still makes you smile?

The many taxi trips to Shites

If you had to re-live your time in Shannon College, would you do anything differently?

Nothing. The ups and downs were amazing as they were.

What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?

Get a driver’s license while you have the time!

In your life, what achievement are you most proud of?

As a Dub, making the decision to attend Shannon College depsite so many peers all staying in Dublin for college.

What qualities do you think are most important to have for a rewarding career?

Adaptability and passion

What has been the biggest challenge you have faced during Covid-19?

Keeping a new restaurant open and profitable in Hong Kong through protests and pandemics

Do you have words of wisdom that you try to live by?

Everyday, find a reason to make someone smile

What advice do you have for current SCHM students who are looking for inspiration and hope?

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Travel will return, eating out will as well. Service styles may change and how people travel may also but once people have the opportunity to do so, opportunities will be endless and Shannon College Students will be best positioned to create the new face of hospitality in Ireland when we get the chance to welcome the thousands of tourists who will no doubt flock back to Ireland when the time allows. True hospitality is about to become even more important.

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