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The Guild of Sommeliers in Ireland was founded in 1958 as a subsidiary branch of the parent body in the UK. Mr. John Morgan of Morgans Wines in Dawson Street was the first President and the first Chairman was Mr Paddy Kingsbury of the Gresham Hotel; Mr. John d’Turton of McCullaghs Wine Merchants was the Secretary.
At an Extraordinary General Meeting in 1972 it was unanimously agreed to set up a parent body in Ireland and to promote branches in different parts of the Country. In 1983 the Irish Guild affiliated to the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) and thus became part of the world governing body.
The main aims of the Guild are:
  • to promote amongst its members a greater knowledge of and interest in wines and their service
  • to arrange educational and cultural activities to this end
  • to promote business, social and friendly functions amongst members
The Guild has a range of courses to help members develop their skills. It arranges regular tutored tastings in Ireland and visits to the various wine producing countries abroad. Principals of the leading wine houses of the world have addressed Guild members. The Guild organises regional and national competitions as well as encouraging members to take part in international competitions and events organised by leading wine companies, at which the Guild has represented Ireland on a number of occasions such as the ASI World Sommelier Competition in Canada in October 2000, where Mary O’Callaghan, the Guild’s Chairman 2001-2004, was our national competitor, acquitting herself very well indeed.
Persons involved in the sales, service, promotion and all aspects of the wine business are eligible to join the Guild as Professional Sommeliers or as Trade members, and persons who have a keen and sincere interest in gaining wine knowledge and promoting wine can join as Associate members. The many activities of the Guild give all members the opportunity to meet regularly with like-minded wine lovers in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
For further information contact the Secretary