• Gold Medal

    THE EUROPE HOTEL & RESORT, the chic five star resort on the shores of Lough Lein in Killarney, has been crowned the champion of Irish hospitality.

    The hotel, owned by the Liebherr Group, took top honours when it was awarded the Irish hospitality industry’s highest accolade, theHotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Award for Excellence 2012at a gala ceremony in Dublin’s Burlington Hotel on Tuesday night.

    The luxurious Kerry hideaway triumphed ahead of hundreds of its peers in the Irish hospitality industry who competed in the 24th Annual Gold Medal Awards this summer. Run by Hotel & Catering Review and judged by an independent jury of experienced hospitality practitioners, the Gold Medal Awards are widely regarded as the most prestigious and coveted awards in the business.

    Sarah Grennan, editor of Hotel & Catering Review, presents the Gold Medal Award for Excellence 2012 to general manager, Michael Brennan, and The Europe Hotel team.
    Mary O’ Callaghan, President Irish Guild of Sommeliers was a judge at this competition

    Wednesday, 26 Sept.2012

  • 2013 Sommelier Course

    Sommelier Certificate Course commencing  September,2013

    Following the hugely successful training programmes which have taken place in 2010 , 2011,2012, The Irish Guild of Sommeliers (IGS) in partnership with the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) are delighted to announce they will be running another modular 8 week Sommelier Certificate Course in wine service and product knowledge to members of both organisations. This will conclude with an exam in January,2014. The course  venue will be The Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club,9, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin,2.

    Course Dates

    Lecture 1: 9th September

    Lecture 2: 23rd September

    Lecture 3: 7th October

    Lecture 4: 21st October

    Lecture 5: 29th October

    Lecture 6: 11th November

    Lecture 7: 25th November


    Exam date: 13th January,2014

    If you require further information please contact Kim Leonard, ph: 01 6779901 or  email info@rai.ie.

    Application forms available from:

    Kim Leonard, Restaurants Association of Ireland, 11 Bridge Court, City Gate, St Augustine St, Dublin 8

    Training Costs
    Member of both Restaurants Association of Ireland & Irish Guild of Sommeliers : €250
    Membership of Irish Guild of Sommeliers: €75
    Member of Restaurants Association of Ireland only: €500
    Member of Irish Guild of Sommeliers only: €300
    Non- Member course only: €1000

    Special Offer to non -members: Join both the Restaurants Association of Ireland and the Irish Guild of Sommeliers and be included on the training course for €945.


  • Wine Valuations

    LAST YEAR THE singer/ songwriter Chris de Burgh sold a collection of vintage wines at a Christie’s auction in London. The set of 320 bottles and 84 magnums made a total of £345,000 (€394,000).

    Now Sotheby’s is sending its specialist in fine and rare wines to Dublin to offer valuations later this month. Damian Tillson said he has “a long-shared history with Ireland and its drinking cognescenti, having advised many collectors over the years and sourced some magnificent collections”. Owners of “sizable” wine collections can meet him, by appointment, and he “will be happy to advise on what should be drunk, what should be kept and what should be sold”.

    Tillson said “Irish collectors have always had a taste for the most sought-after and collectable Bordeaux and Burgundy, and were prevalent in the sale room during the boom years”.

    The timing looks right for Sotheby’s who are “hoping to bring some of these collections back on to the market” to meet what the auctioneer claimed was “seemingly insatiable demand for the most prized Châteaux and Domaines, from the Far East in particular.”

    Sotheby’s raised over €65 million from wine auctions last year in London, New York and Hong Kong. Contact Sotheby’s, Molesworth Street, Dublin for an appointment on September 24th or 25th.

  • IGS Tasting

    Wine Tasting at the United Arts Club on 24th September, 6.30pm.

    Details under News/Tastings

  • IGS Tasting

    Irish Guild of Sommeliers  (IGS)

    Irish Guild of Sommeliers Wine Tasting

    Date & Time: 24th September,2012 at 6.30pm

    Venue: United Arts Club, 3, Upper Fitzwilliam St., Dublin 2.

    The presentation will be given by Guild members and will feature


    2 contrasting styles of white wine

    2 contrasting styles of red wine

    To finish a dessert/sweet wine

    John Rigby, Council Member will give a practical demonstration of Champagne Service as well as a Decantation of Wine Service, which should be very interesting and informative.

    This Tasting is organised by Catherine Griffith, Council Member and Tasting Committee.

  • Jack & Jill Fundraiser

    A Tribute to Jammet’s of Dublin

    ‘A Tribute to Jammet’s of Dublin’ is a charity fundraising event in aid of The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation and is going to take place on 4th October at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.

    Jammet’s was the most famous French Restaurant in Dublin which saw many international stars together with Irish literati enjoy the excellent cuisine and atmosphere of the day. Stars who enjoyed the Jammet’s experience include Elizabeth TaylorLaurel & HardyCary GrantEdith Piaf and The Beatles among many others. The Restaurant closed its doors in 1967 but to this day holds a very special place in the history of our great city.

    This unique event, which is the inspiration of Ireland’s highly respected Opera Singer, Dr Veronica Dunne, will be a musical tribute together with aJammet’s Style ‘Gala Dinner’ in the Shelbourne Hotel.

    The evening will be hosted by Senator David Norris with musical interludes by the much acclaimed vocalists Ryan Morgan and Suzanne Murphy in the presence of Dr Veronica Dunne.

    We would like to invite everyone to join & support this event  a  fantastic trip down memory lane!

    Tickets: €95.00 per person
    Dress code: Black Tie

    The evening will include: Champagne Reception at 7pm, Gala Four Course Dinner at 7.30pm followed by an Auction conducted by Philip Myerscough and the Musical programme for the night.

    For any queries please contact us on:

    t. (00353) 86 8221751