Following the successful series of allergen masterclasses for staff and students in the colleges of further and higher education in Northern Ireland in 2018, the programme is being rolled out to the catering & hospitality students and staff in the different institutes of technology and vocational colleges in the Republic of Ireland. The inaugural masterclass took place on the 20th September in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Renmore campus. Presentations were given by James McIntosh of safefood, Pat O’Mahony from FSAI an7d Helen Carney from the HSE-Environmental health. Upwards of 130 staff and students from at least four courses attended and the feedback was positive. Further masterclasses are planned for the rest of 2019 and early 2020 including Cork and Kinsale in October and Sligo in November.