Michael Dillard, Class of 1978 is retired after a career in the Cruise & Hospitality Industry.

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

Life formative experience.

What college memory still makes you smile?

Chef Andre and the 300 airline omelettes.

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


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

Give some thought to the future.

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

Being part of a team that turned a property into a success when a major hotel group didn’t think it was possible.

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

Hard work, determination and most of all a sense of humour.

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

Staying positive.

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

Try to enjoy yourself, whatever you do.

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

Opportunities come about when you least expect them.

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