Cookery Course Experience by Eileen Kirrane

Eileen is currently a tutor with MSLETB , and runs cookery classes organised by their Adult Education Officer. Over time the scope of courses has expanded due to popular demand.

Eileen has ran cookery courses for Seed Project Sligo Leader,  Rehab Care, National Learning Network, Autism Services Sligo, Rosses Sheltered Workshop NW Parents & Friends, Boccia Group FRC  Tubbercurry, Brothers of Charity Boyle, Ransboro Autism Direct Provision, Ballymote FRC, Aras Attracta Swinford, IONA & STEPS in Cregg House & most recently Cookery Classes incorporating Personal Hygiene ran by Sligo LEADER Partnership Company as part of their Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme

Eileen regularly works with children in the Autism After School Club Tubbercurry FRC, and through the Healthy Eating and Nutrition Afterschool Programme run by Sligo Leader Partnership.

Completed projects:

  • 1:1 personal development through cookery program in Tubbercurry FRC
  • Foroige, SVDP , Gleann ICA, Bunninadden Ladies Group, Banada Ladies group, Spanish Students, and Men’s Sheds.

Eileen takes great pride in the enjoyment the participants take from the classes. The full and ongoing participation is high, with requests for further classes often requested. All of the classes are planned with the specific groups needs in mind. The clientele varies from group to group from the absolute beginner to more experienced cooks.

Eileen has every confidence that participants benefit from & enjoy the hands-on classes, benefit from learning new skills,  experience a boost in their self-confidence , while enjoying the social aspect of a sit down meal.

During the Corona lockdown Eileen decided to make good use of her time while cocooning and started Facebook Live Cookery Classes every weekday. The response was phenomenal and very quickly Eileen had a great following. Her relaxed approach to cooking has her viewers hooked saying it is like sitting at the end of Eileen’s Kitchen table while Eileen Cooks. Due to demand Eileen has now self published Cooking while Cocooning eBook  1 & 2 and she fully intends to continue with the series to include  the other  recipes she has cooked in the series. Filled with hints & tips its a must have book to have on your worktop .

To see Eileen in action go to youtube/eileenskitchentable

The chosen method of teaching is very relaxed. Usually the students work in groups of 2 or 3 as this makes the session more sociable. At the end of the session everyone sits down to a tasty meal in a social setting.

The classes are ran in a mutually agreed location. All utensils are supplied, all ingredients are purchased and invoices for same are passed on to the organiser.


  • Primary Course in the Principals of Food Hygiene 2011(HSE)
  • QQI/ Fetac Level 6 certification in Training Delivery & Evaluation Course run by Professional Development (formally known as Train the Trainer) in 2017
  • Eileen’s Kitchen is approved by the Environment Health  Dept HSE and their guidelines are followed during classes.

What you will receive:

  • On completion of the course clients are presented with a certificate & chef’s hat.

For beginners, the Just Look and Cook book is used, which requires no literacy skills.


Contact Eileen for more details.

Our Course Experience

A selection of imagery our pupils have sent us or we have taken during our courses.

Having just completed a twelve week cookery course, I can only commend Eileen on her professionalism, her understanding of different needs and capabilities and her unique ability to ensure the full inclusion of all trainees whilst delivering the course.

Pat, Brothers of Charity, Boyle

The men thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was scary for them being given a recipe and told off you go and cook it. Having said that, they all managed to cook the recipes and sit down together and eat.

Mary Kilroy, Community Development & Outreach worker

I really enjoyed the cooking classes. All the things we cooked were lovely and very handy to do them at home in not too much time!! I loved making the pancakes. They were delicious. I’m definitely going to try them at home.

Spanish Students Review