• Tokyo-ASI Best Sommelier of the World Contest 2013

    Mary O' Callaghan, President Irish Guild of Sommeliers presenting Masaharu OKA, President Japan Sommelier Association with a personalised bottle of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey and a plaque from the Irish Guild of Sommeliers , also in photo Andrew O' Gorman.

    The President of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers Mary O’ Callaghan, Council and Members congratulate Julie Dupouy, the Irish contestant on a very professional performance in Tokyo at the ASI Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World 2013   between the 26th and 29th March. Julie attained the highest position of any Irish contestant for many years. Well done Julie

    L/R Julie Dupouy,  Irish contestant, Véronique Rivest, 2nd place from Canada, Paolo Basso, winner from Switzerland, Aristide Spies, 3rd place from Belgium and Shinya Tasaki, President ASI.

    Congratulations to the winner and all contestants.

    L/R Andrew O' Gorman, Ciara O' Callaghan, Mary O' Callaghan, Julie Dupouy,& Paul Young

    Mary and Ciara O' Callaghan

    Mary O' Callaghan

    More details under News/Competitions/Tokyo,2013

  • Argentina

    To co-incide with the Third Anniversary of Malbec World Day and in association with Wines of Argentina the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Ireland will host an Argentine Wine Fair, on Wednesday April 17th, in the Hilton Hotel at Charlemont Place, Dublin 2.

  • Spanish Wine Tasting

    The Spanish Commercial Office has very kindly offered to host the Guild’s next tasting featuring the wonderful wines from the Rias Baixas region of North West Spain.
    The tasting will be presented by Lisa O’Doherty , Irish Guild of Sommeliers Member and Wine Consultant

    Date & Time: Tuesday  April 23 at 4pm

    Venue:  The United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam St. Dublin.2.
    This should be a tasting to remember.

    Please bring your tasting glasses
    This tasting is organised by Catherine Griffith, Council Member.
  • Jemma Publications

    Friday, 22 March 2013

    The company which published ‘Hotel and Catering Review’ and ‘Licensing World’ trade magazines ceased trading yesterday.

    Employees of Jemma Publications Ltd were told that a liquidataor is to be appointed.

    Founded in 1971 by Frank Grennan, the company published a range of specialist trade magazines over the years and previously had operations in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

    ‘Hotel and Catering Review’ was the leading trade publication in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years and organised the Gilbeys Gold Medal Awards later known as the ‘Hotel and Catering Review Gold Medal Awards’. A few weeks ago it announced a new awards scheme for young hospitality managers.

    Jemma Publications was also instrumental in the establishment of the Hospitality Trust.

    Frank Grennan became chairman of the company some years ago and was succeeded as managing director by his son Simon. His daughter Sarah was editor of ‘Hotel and Catering Review’.

  • DIT

    DIT Wins Business Game
    Tuesday, 12 March 2013

    A team of five students, representing Dublin Institute of Technology, BSc Hospitality Management was selected as the outright winner of the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI) Business Management Game 2013, in association with Fáilte Ireland and Champagne Taittinger.

    Pictured are  John Mulcahy, Head, Food Tourism, Education & Standards, Fáilte Ireland, Fergal O’Connell, FIHI, President IHI, Gregory Alken, Directo


    r Febvre & Company, Michael Vaughan, President, Irish Hotels Federation, DIT winning Team Michael Wirz, Erica McLoughlin-Tighe, Emer Mulcahy Captain, Katie Clarke & Muireann Ni Laoi.

    The team scored top marks in the competition that attracted eight teams representing young hospitality managers of the future from all over Ireland. The 28th IHI Business Management Game, which took place in Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Limerick City, is also supported by Irish Hotels Federation, HOTS and Foras na Gaeilge.

    At the presentation of the awards, Captain Emer Mulchay, on behalf of other members, spoke of the team’s delight in winning the overall prize which is a 3-day tutored trip for the team and its tutor to Champagne Taittinger’s historic Château de la Marquetterie and Vineyards in Reims, North East France, courtesy of wine importers Febvre and Company. The Awards and Certificates were presented by Fergal O’Connell FIHI, President of IHI; John Mulcahy, Head, Food Tourism, Hospitality Education & Standards, Fáilte Ireland and Gregory Alken, Director of Febvre & Company, who represents Champagne Taittinger in Ireland and Michael Vaughan, President Irish Hotels Federation.

    Competition, as usual, was intense. Game participants spent two days devising a strategy, to plan and manage a fictitious hospitality business in a simulated Irish business environment, reflecting the specific challenges facing the industry today. HOTS provided an online programme developed to pitch for Irish business in clearly identified target markets, working within achievable budgets and using the marketing tools available to deliver results.

    The winning team, under the tutorage of John Ryan & Clem Ryan included, Captain, Emer Mulcahy and other team members Erica McLoughlin-Tighe, Katie Clarke, Michael Wirz & Muireann Ni Laoi. The team competed with seven others including Institutes of Technology from Galway Mayo, Dublin, Letterkenny, and Cork

    as well as Shannon College of Hotel Management, and Griffith College Dublin for the top prize. Judging took place over two days and the adjudication panel was made up of senior members of the Irish tourism and hospitality industry, under the chairmanship of Nicky Logue, Director and General Manager of Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney & Deputy President of the IHI. Also on the judging panel were William Cotter, Managing Director, Net Affinity and Oonagh Cremins, Director, The Innovate Room.

    Natasha Kinsella FIHI, Chief Executive of the Irish Hospitality Institute, speaking at the awards ceremony said: “The challenges presented in this year’s Business Game were specifically developed to achieve results in targeting GB visitors to our individual businesses and areas.  The programme was developed to reflect Fáilte Ireland’s market recovery strategy to achieve results in visitor numbers.  We are very appreciative of the input by HOTS who developed the simulation wh

    ich also included a new revenue module this year to present a real live business environment to challenge. All competitors demonstrated a clear ability and an excellent understanding of how to achieve these goals and, irrespective of the individual results, will leave the games with a template that can and will work, through adjustment, for many years to come.  Their innovative thoughts and solutions leave us very confident about the calibre of our managers of the future.  The future of the Irish hospitality and tourism industry is in safe hands!”

    Fáilte Ireland, as the National Tourism Development Authority, has been a consistent supporter of any initiative that seeks to create good foundations f

    or the future of the Irish tourism industry, particularly as tourism is largely a people business, comprised of providers and consumers of the visitor experience. John Mulcahy of Fáilte Ireland said:  “We see this game as a very valuable learning exercise for hospitality management students that will offer them skills and an insight into h

    ow to grow sales, by utilising online collateral and distribution channels, and then delivering clusters or bundles of great Irish experiences appropriate to their chosen markets. They also learn the benefits of teamwork, and presentation skills on how present to their board of directors.  These students are the future of our industry.  I would encourage all Colleges to enter teams and students so that, together, we can ensure the sustainability of Irish tourism and, by extension, contribute to that of the Irish economy.”

    In 2004 Febvre & Company, distributors of fine wines and spirits, joined Fáilte Ireland as main sponsors of the Game. Sales and Marketing Director, Gregory A

    lken said: “Febvre & Company is an integral part of the hospitality industry.  It is our mutual and professional collaboration that delivers the quality product to the customer.  The quest for ultimate customer satisfaction requires a 365 days per year persistence in improving knowledge and standards.  It is incumbent on all of us in the industry to ensure that we can compete with the very best.  Therefore, we see this sponsorship as a natural fit in furthering the education of our students, the future managers who will be to the forefront in leading our industry in the years ahead.  This is our 10th sponsorship of the Games and we are pleased to partner the IHI and Fáilte Ireland in this worthy project”.

    In light of the newly formed college collaboration the Institutes President was delighted to also formally present an agreement certificate to Tomas MacEochagain, MD & Director Academic Affairs, Griffith College Dublin, Mary Rose Stafford, Manager at Irish Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, Institute of Technology Tralee, Ralf Burback, Assistant Head of School of Hospitality Management at Dublin Institute of Technology & Phillip Smyth Shannon, Director of Shannon College of Hotel Management.

    The Irish Hospitality Institute was founded in 1966 as the professional body for managers in the hotel, catering and tourism industries, to promote professiona

    l development and standards amongst its membership and in the hospitality industry.

    The seventh phase of the European Destinations of Excellence competition (EDEN) is now underway. This year’s theme of excellence is accessible tourism and we are now inviting entries to the competition.

    The overall aim of the EDEN project is to draw attention to the value, diversity and shared characteristics of European destinations and to promote destinations in a way that ensures the social, cultural and environmental sustainability of tourism.

    This year’s key objective is to select one destination of excellence which demonstrates the application of principles of accessible tourism.

  • Burgundy Wines Masterclass in Cork

    Burgundy Wines Masterclass

    The National Off-Licence Association and the Discover the Origin campaign are again delighted to invite NOffLA members to discover the wines of the Bourgogne region of France during a special master class.  Taste the delicious and unique wines Bourgogne has to offer, as well as finding out more about food and wine matches. The Discover the Origin initiative features a range of food and wines with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status, including Parma Ham, Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese, Bourgogne Wines, Port and Douro Wines. Each of these is produced using traditional methods, as well as for having a unique taste and heritage.

    The masterclass takes place on Monday, March 25th in The River Lee Hotel, Cork from 11am – 1pm and is presented by expert wine consultant and writer Kevin Ecock. NOffLA members are invited to register today to attend this FREE masterclass by emailing elaine@noffla.ie or by phone to 01 2962326.