Congratulations to Irish Guild of Sommeliers  member & member of the Bartenders Association of Ireland, Deirdre Byrne, Westin Hotel, Dublin on winning the National Cocktail Championship held at CATEX in the RDS Dublin on 20th February,2013. The competition was run by the Bartenders Association of Ireland and sponsored by Edward Dillon and Co. Ltd.

Deirdre Byrne from Donegal made history  when she became the first female to represent Ireland in the World Cocktail Championship.

Deirdre, who was runner-up in the Hot Cocktail competition on Tuesday 19th February, was declared winner of the National Cocktail Championship for her ‘Apricot Blossom’ creation and she will now represent Ireland at the World Cocktail Championship in Prague, Czech Republic later this year.

On the judging panel was Oliver Murtagh, Vice President, Irish Guild of Sommeliers.