• College Awareness Week will take place from November 24thto November 30th
  • Neven is a former student of Fermanagh College, Enniskillen
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Celebrity chef Neven Maguire opened the doors of his cookery school today (Friday) to student Claire McElroy, a Transition Year student in Ballybay Community College where he talked to her about how further education helped him to achieve his dream of becoming a chef.

Neven and Claire are highlighting College Awareness Week, which will take place from November 24th to November 30th. The campaign aims to show people the benefits of further education and support students to become ‘college ready’.

College Awareness Week is being supported by the Higher Education Authority, the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, the Confederation of Student Services Ireland and the Trinity Access Programmes.

The campaign will support students of all ages to become ‘college ready’ by raising awareness of the benefits of going to college and showcasing local role models who have attended college. Neven is a former student of Fermanagh College, Enniskillen, where he studied catering and received the prestigious Student of the Year Award. Even then, his vision was clear – to share his love and passion for food with as many people as possible.

Located in the rural village of Blacklion in Co. Cavan, MacNean House and Restaurant has become one of the most talked about and frequented restaurants in the country.

Claire said, ‘It was great to get the opportunity to visit Neven at his cookery school and to talk about how he got to where he is today. He has definitely inspired me to think about further education.’

College Awareness Week would like to gratefully acknowledge AIB and Perrigo for sponsoring this campaign and for their dedication to the betterment of communities and Irish society, through enhanced educational experiences. For more information and to register your event or activity, please visit

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