Padraic Colum, Lady Longford and Micheál Mac Liammóir in Jammet's, as Victor Hurding looks on. The photograph features on the cover of Jammet's of Dublin: 1901-1967. Photograph: John Hedgeco

Padraic Colum, Lady Longford and Micheál Mac Liammóir in Jammet’s, as Victor Hurding looks on. The photograph features on the cover of Jammet’s of Dublin: 1901-1967. Photograph: John Hedgeco

A book on Jammet’s of Dublin was published recently. One of the authors, Shay Harpur was a sommelier at Jammet’s restaurant and a member of The Irish Guild of Sommeliers. Another member Jimmie Beggan also worked at Jammet’s.

“Jimmie was renowned as a true gentleman, a connoisseur of wine and a Frankophile, yet started as a lad in a lowly position in Jammet’s in 1928. He was one of the first waiters to be trained by a Swiss instructor in the new course at the Technical School in Parnell Square, run by the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee.”

On the 12th September 1992 Ciaran McGonigal of The Irish Times wrote how sad he was to read of the recent death of Jimmie Beggan. “Jimmie was courtly, suave and above all discreet. When eventually he became sommelier in the National Gallery of Ireland, it seemed to be a proper destination for his good works and his knowledge of people and their tipples.”

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