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You don't need to be Full O' Beans, but it does help!

6 Sep 2021

Some people like a challenge.  Paul McCarthy of Full O’ Beans began his new coffee and food truck business at the same time as starting in UCC!

Paul enrolled as a student of the part-time Diploma in Speciality Food Production, so it wasn’t too much to take on and he got to apply what he was learning to his new enterprise.

Paul is a great advocate of supporting your local community and he has been instrumental in setting up the new outdoor market in Carrigaline in the GAA club on Fridays.

UCC are now taking applications for the next cycle of the Diploma in Speciality Food Production.

The diploma starts on 12 October and will run on a part-time basis until May 2022.  The programme is typically delivered every three weeks (Tuesday and Wednesday), and consists of lectures in conjunction with practicals, case studies, site visits, and workshops.

Blended delivery:  the course content will be delivered in 2021/2022 using a blend of online/virtual and face-to-face on-campus delivery methods.

The fee for the diploma is €2,800 and funding (64%) is available for eligible applicants.

The closing date is 24 September.

An application form and more information can be obtained from Dr. Angela Sheehan, Programme Manager,, or by visiting

Food Industry Training Unit

University College Cork , Western Road, Cork