The Minister for Sport, Tourism and Transport Pascal Donohoe officially launched the programme at an event attended by hundreds of current and former staff members, as well as graduates who had studied in Cathal Brugha Street, from as early as the 1940’s up to the present day. Some of those attending had not met each other since they graduated forty-eight years ago!
The Minister paid warm tributes to the generations of staff for the enormous contribution they have made, in particular to the tourism and hospitality sectors where he said he had the opportunity to meet so many of their graduates at every level in the industry.
Speaking at the launch, the President of DIT Professor Brian Norton said that the name Cathal Brugha Street had become a byword for excellence and innovation in the core disciplines of culinary arts; tourism and hospitality; food science; and environmental health. He said “The new purpose-built facilities being developed at Grangegorman will enable us to continue to build on that history of excellence and the continuing success of our graduates, and while we will be leaving a much-loved building behind us, we will bring that same commitment with us to the new campus.”
At the launch an exhibition to mark the 75th anniversary was opened, featuring photos, artefacts and memorabilia donated by former colleagues and students. The exhibition will remain on view to all throughout 2016 and makes for very interesting viewing.
There is a Facebook page dedicated to the Anniversary year which is helping people to reconnect and share their memories and photographs.