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Hi, I'm a Master of Wine (MW) having passed in 1997. I opened a wine shop in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland, called The Wine Library and this is my personal wine blog. There should be no conflict of interest between my work with The Wine Library and the opinions expressed herein but I will do my utmost to be fair and responsible in my posts – please read my Who Pays article in re the ethics of wine trips and writing. I have worked in wine education, retail, and consultancy since 1990. From June 2013 until May 2017 I was the Retail Manager for The Wicklow Wine Company. I was a member of the Council of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) from 2008 to 2014 and was also a member of the Events, Trips, and Governance Committees. Having had problems with potentially libellous comments from unidentifiable posters, I now require that if you post a comment, you must identify yourself properly or it won't be published. Please note that I do not review products or services on request so kindly don't ask. I value my independence and I believe my readers (few that they may be) do so also.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

End of an era?

Monday 14th May 2012 saw the last WSET Diploma lecture to be held in Ireland for the foreseeable future. As I am not renewing my APP status WSET will take over the running of Diploma in Ireland. Their plan for this year is to start an online course only. This marks the end of some 27 years of Diploma classes in Ireland, which has seen 285 graduates (165 men and 120 women) and 2 MWs - myself and Fergal Tynan. Some of you might care to raise a glass to wake the passing of this fairly venerable tradition.


Maureen Downey said...

Well you better be planning more trips to California with all your free time!!

Eoin Corcoran said...

It's a shame Dermot. I really enjoyed being taught the Advanced by you, and had I been staying in Ireland would certainly have pursued the Diploma that way too.