Saturday 13 December 2014

Two extra books for Christmas

A lot of students are going to be busy studying for exams over the Christmas period.

To facilitate this, from Monday 15th December until the library closes on Tuesday 23rd December, students may borrow two extra books for the Christmas period.

Good luck with your exams!

Thursday 11 December 2014

Christmas opening hours

The Christmas opening hours for Cathal Brugha St library are as follows:

Normal opening hours will resume on Monday 5th January 2015.

Merry Christmas everybody!

Tuesday 2 December 2014

DIT healthy recipe competition

DIT Sports & Recreation Service has announced a competition to find healthy recipes. The competition is open to all DIT students and entrants should submit recipes that are:
  • Inexpensive
  • Quick and easy to prepare
  • Nutritional
There are three categories:
  • Starters
  • Main Courses
  • Desserts
There are prizes for the winners in all three categories but you'll have to be quick because the competition closes on December 5th 2014.

More information on the competition is available here.

Entries should be emailed to

Thursday 27 November 2014

Space chops

We're not sure if this counts as food science but you might be interested to know that, at long last, someone has sent a lamb chop into space.

A helium weather balloon was used to send the intrepid chop (and a camera) into the Earth's upper atmosphere. An article on the chops epic journey is available on the Irish Times along with an edited video

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Saturday Opening

Cathal Brugha St library will be open on Saturdays approaching the exams. We will be open from 10AM to 5PM on the following dates:
22 November
29 November
6 December
13 December
20 December

Wednesday 5 November 2014

DIT student is finalist in Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year Competition

DIT culinary art student, Chris Fullam (on the far right of the above picture), is one of the finalists in the Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year Competition. The competition, run in association with Fáilte Ireland and sponsored by La Rousse Foods, aims to develop Irish cooking and promote Irish cuisine. It's a prestigious competition and Chris faces stiff competition for a prize that includes an all expenses paid stage at two-starred Michelin restaurant, The Square in London.

The final will be held on Sunday November 23rd at a venue in Dublin. The venue has yet to be decided but you can keep up-to-date with the competition by following #youngchef2014 on twitter or liking Euro-toques Ireland on Facebook.

For more information see the article on DIT's News & Events.

Thursday 23 October 2014

Bank holiday and review week


Thursday 16 October 2014

National Bread Week

This week is the first ever National Bread Week (13th - 18th October 2014). Events, including tastings and promotions, are taking place in bakeries and shops across the country all week.

One such event took place today (16th October 2014) in DIT Cathal Brugha St when pupils from Rush National School joined DIT students to learn about making barmbracks and milk bread rolls. The event was part of a link up between the DIT and the Flour Confectioners and Bakers Association to highlight career opportunities in the bread sector.

The visit featured on the front page of today's Irish Times. Click here for more on the visit.

Friday 3 October 2014

Launch of Food Academy Start Programme

The second Food Academy Start Programme was launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at last months National Ploughing Championships.

The Academy, an initiative of Bord Bia, SuperValu and the Local Enterprise Offices, aims to help local food producers grow their businesses and create 150 new jobs. The programme combines training modules and mentoring on growing a food business. It also offers graduate businesses the opportunity to secure their first retail listing with SuperValu stores. 85 food businesses have already benefitted from the first Food Academy Start Programme.

Programmes are currently being run, contact your Local Enterprise Office to find out more.

An article on the programme's relaunch is available on

Friday 26 September 2014

Euro-toques Ireland Young Chef of the Year Competition

Euro-toques Ireland, the Irish branch of the European food lobby group Euro-toques, is running a competition for Ireland's young chef of the year.

Entrants must be professional chefs aged between 18 and 26. To enter, send an online entry to Euro-toques Ireland with a link to a social media entry on this year's competition theme 'No Chef is an Island'. The entry can be on a blog, microblog, social networking or image sharing site. Entrants will be shortlisted for further stages in the competition.

The last two winners of the competition, Mark Moriarty and Ciarán Elliot, were both DIT students.

The deadline is fast approaching though and entries need to be sent in before 12 noon on 30th September. More information on the competition is available here.

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Its term-time again!

As from Monday 15th September, Cathal Brugha St Library returns to term-time hours. These are: Monday to Wednesday: 9am - 9pm. Thursday: 9am - 5.15pm Friday: 9am - 5pm. We will open the following Saturdays from 10am - 5pm.: November 22 and 29, December 6 and 13, April 25, May 2, 9 and 16.

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Good advice from DIT lecturer

DIT Cathal Brugha St's own Mary O'Rawe, lecturer in Management and Strategy at the College of Arts and Tourism, has some good advice for students starting college this year.

Mary's recent article in the Irish Independent has lots of tips on how to manage your own study and make the most of your time at college. She also suggests getting help with academic learning from your librarian.

The article is available here.

Friday 1 August 2014

August Bank Holiday

The library will be closed for the August Bank Holiday on Monday, August 4th.

Opening hours for that week are as follows:
Tuesday - Friday
9:30 - 5:15

Tuesday 29 July 2014

10% rise in overseas visitors to Ireland

According to figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of overseas visitors to Ireland in the first half of 2014 has risen by over ten per cent in comparison to the same period in 2013.

Fáilte Ireland's CEO, Shaun Quinn, said the figures could signify "our best tourism season since the downturn began". However, Mr Quinn added that the sector needs to avoid complacency and needs to work hard to "maximise tourism growth".

Tourism Ireland is "determined to ensure that the tourism growth continues", according to the company's CEO, Niall Gibbons. The company will promote initiatives like the Wild Atlantic Way, Limerick City of Culture and the Croke Park Classic.

The Minister for Tourism, Paschal Donohoe, said he hoped the trend will continue. Mr Donohoe will be finalising a new Tourism Policy Statement later this year that he said "will set ambitious targets for the tourism sector in the period to 2025 and outline a range of policy priorities to achieve these targets".

For further information please see the Irish Times article and Tourism Ireland article on the CSO figures.

You can also access the CSO website and its section dedicated to Tourism and Travel.

Thursday 5 June 2014

Library Closure

DIT Cathal Brugha St Library will close at 12:00PM on Thursday 12th June to facilitate staff training. The library will reopen, as normal, at 9:30AM on Friday 13th June.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Thursday 29 May 2014

June Bank Holiday

The library will be closed for the June Bank holiday on Monday, June 2nd. 

Opening hours for that week are as follows:
Tuesday - Friday
9:30 - 5:15

Opening hours for all the DIT libraries are available here.

Friday 23 May 2014

Don't forget your library books

All the staff at DIT Cathal Brugha St Library would like to congratulate students on finishing their exams.

We would also like to remind you to drop your library books back to the library.

It’s easy to forget to return your library books at the best of times. It’s even easier when you have been busy studying for your exams. It is important to remember to return your library books however.

For one thing, library fines can be expensive. Even at 30c a day, you could rack up a fine of about €150 by returning six books at the end of the summer holidays instead of when they were due after the exams.

Also, if you’re graduating this year, the DIT reserves the right not to allow students owing fees to participate in the graduation ceremony. This includes library fines and overdue books.

So please remember to return your library books before leaving for your summer holidays.

Wednesday 21 May 2014

Dublin Gastronomy Symposium

The Dublin Gastronomy Symposium will be held in DIT Cathal Brugha St on the 3rd and 4th of June 2014. Over 30 papers will be delivered at the symposium on a variety of subjects from the history of food and drink to professional cookery practice.

All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Summer opening hours

Summer opening hours will be in place from Monday 26th May until term begins in September. The hours will be:

Monday - Friday
9:30 to 5:15

Opening hours for all DIT libraries are available here.

Friday 2 May 2014

May bank holiday

DIT Cathal Brugha St Library will be closed for the bank holiday on May 5th.

The library will be open on Saturday May 3rd from 10am to 5pm however, and will be open as normal from Tuesday May 6th onwards.

Tuesday 22 April 2014


The library at Cathal Brugha Street will be OPEN each of the next 4 Saturdays from 10am until 5pm, mainly to facilitate students preparing for their exams. The Saturdays are: 26 April, 3 May, 10 May, 17 May.

Monday 7 April 2014

Easter Holiday Closure

The library's Easter opening hours are as follows:

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Would YOU sit down at a desk like this?

Students are not allowed to bring food or drink into the library.

The only exception is bottled water. Please put the empty bottles in the bin when you are finished.

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Library closed for St Patrick's Day

The library will be closed on Monday 17th March for St Patrick's day. We will be open again as normal on Tuesday 18th March. Opening hours for that week are as follows:

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Wednesday 26 February 2014

3,000 jobs available at entry level in hospitality sector

The hospitality industry is facing difficulties recruiting qualified and entry level staff according to Michael Vaughan, the outgoing president of the Irish Hotels Federation, who spoke at the Federations annual conference this week.

According to Mr Vaughan, there are up to 3,000 entry level jobs available. He added three out of every four hotels and guesthouses reported difficulties hiring qualified craft and entry level staff.

For more on Mr Vaughan's speech and the Irish Hotels Federation annual conference see the Irish Times report here.

Wednesday 19 February 2014

DIT student is Knorr student chef of the year

Congratulations to DIT student, Fiona Drought (pictured), who won this year's Knorr student chef of the year competition. Competitors came from all over Ireland and the final was closely fought.

The theme of this year's competition was Wise up on food waste, competitors had to use ingredients from sustainable sources and limit the amount of food waste generated. Catherine impressed the judges with her main course, a symphony of Irish venison, and her dessert which was prepared using ingredients taken from a mystery basket revealed on the day.

For more see the DIT website and Knorr website.

Monday 17 February 2014

Blanchardstown and Tallaght ITs share library resources with DIT

DIT staff and students can now access some library resources in both the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) and the Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT). ITT library's stock includes material for their courses on Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism which may be of particular interest to DIT Cathal Brugha St students.

Staff and students will need to present their ID card before using the libraries but they can then use all print material available and use the photocopying facilities. However, users will not be allowed to borrow material or use ITB and ITT electronic resources.

DIT staff and students can access the DIT's electronic resources, such as databases and ebooks, in ITB and ITT. Simply log on to the eduroam wifi service and access the DIT resources as normal. Click here for more information on eduroam.

ITB and ITT students will have the same access to DIT libraries.

It may not always be possible during busy periods to accommodate visiting library users and admission may sometimes be refused.

Monday 10 February 2014

Culinary Arts students receive rave review of supper club

Two DIT Culinary Arts students, Cúan Greene and Harry Colley, received a rave review in Saturday's Irish Times for their eatery, the Dublin Popup Supper Club.

Judging by the glowing review, you can expect to read a lot more about Cúan and Harry in the future. Click here for the review.

Friday 17 January 2014

Journals available online

The DIT's subscription to the hard copy versions of the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management and Management of Environmental Quality have been cancelled from December 2013 onwards. Authentik en Español ceased to be published in April 2013.

The International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management and Management of Environmental Quality are still available online. They can be found by searching the library catalogue or by scanning the QR codes listed below.

Authentik en Español is no longer published but free resources are available online. A QR code is also included below.

 Back issues of all three journals are still available as hard copy.

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Irish eTourism Day

ENTER 2014, the largest eTourism Conference of its kind in the world, will be held in the Chartered Accountants House on Pearse Street from 22-24 January. Now in it's 21st year, this is the first time that ENTER will be held in Ireland, the DIT is the local organiser for the event and the conference will feature Irish eTourism Day.
Irish eTourism Day will be a one day stream at the conference showcasing the latest in eTourism from all over Ireland. Speakers on the day will include Alex Gibson from the DIT. The event will be chaired by Patrick Horan (DIT) and Ciaran Doherty (Tourism Ireland).
The full list of speakers for Enter 2014 is available here.

Saturday 11 January 2014

Postgraduate further study fair

On February 12th, are holding a fair in the RDS for people interested in doing postgraduate courses.

There will be exhibitors from across Ireland and overseas at the event. Visitors will be able to find out about hundreds of postgraduate, further education courses and research opportunities.

Click here for more information.