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course cancelled Ballymaloe suspends cookery classes for international students stranded by Level 5 lockdown

Ballymaloe insisted it was not in breach of Covid-19 restrictions in holding the courses.

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Darina Allen at Ballymaloe cookery school.

Darina Allen at Ballymaloe cookery school.

Darina Allen at Ballymaloe cookery school.

Ireland's most famous cookery school, Darina Allen's Ballymaloe in Co Cork, has suspended classes for nine international students stranded by the Level 5 lockdown.

Ballymaloe insisted it was not in breach of Covid-19 restrictions in holding the courses.

The €12,000-per-place cookery programme is operated at the Shanagarry complex in east Cork, near the family's hotel and restaurant.

While the hotel and restaurant closed under Level 5 lockdown, it has emerged that cookery lessons have taken place in a special "bubble", with nine overseas students who arrived over Christmas.

Ballymaloe manager Rebecca Cronin said the students arrived before the lockdown came into force, with strict measures taken to ensure all proper health and safety controls were observed.

"The Ballymaloe 12-week certificate course would usually host over 60 students on a residential basis," Ms Cronin said.

"In line with government guidance, we took the decision to cancel the January course, but given the tight timing of the announcement, a small number of international students had already arrived in Ireland to quarantine prior to the Level 5 lockdown.

"We felt we had an obligation to these young people who had travelled alone to Ireland and were understandably reluctant to travel internationally again to get home.

"Having taken into consideration their unique and difficult situation and our isolated location, we offered them the option to join our Ballymaloe bubble once they had completed their 14-day quarantine and agreed to adhere to our very strict lockdown rules."

A garda source said they were not aware of any alleged breach of Level 5 restrictions in respect of hospitality operations in Cork.


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