Emmet Fitzgerald 1939 – 2020

L/R Emmet Fitzgerald 1939 – 2020, Frank Hendron 1922 – 2012, & Oliver Murtagh 1948 – 2020

Emmet Fitzgerald was a member of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers for many years and attended his last Guild meeting on 26th November, 2019. Later that day Oliver Murtagh, and Andrew O’ Gorman stayed with him until late into the evening at the Palace Bar  where he told many stories and recalled many memorable events from Guild trips to vineyards and Guild events at home.

Emmet was known as a man who lived life to the full and his death on 3rd, March, 2020 saddened those who knew him personally and professionally.

He could be extremely witty and had a particular sense of humour. He was opinionated, strong and wise. He always had a powerful impact at council meetings and his views were always respected. During his time in the Guild he held the position of Treasurer for many years and was a Director from the time the Guild became a company up to last year.

Emmet, a native of Dublin, he had a career in the hotel industry and worked in the Burlington Hotel for many years until his retirement some years ago.

“The Guild will miss his contributions to the Association. I will raise my glass to another gentleman and recall happy days I spent in his company” – one of the messages of sympathy received.

A wide circle of family and friends including members of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers attended his funeral in Jennings Funeral Home Oscar Traynor Rd, Coolock, Dublin on Friday,6th March from 4 pm to 6 pm. and on Saturday morning 7th March at The Church of St. Vincent de Paul, Griffith Avenue, Marino, Dublin for 10 am Funeral Mass, with burial afterwards in Fingal Cemetery

Deepest sympathy to his sister Geraldine, brother Garrett, nephew Fergus, nieces Mary, Anne, his extended family Katorina, Molly, Thomas, Richie and his many friends.

Emmet will be able to join Oliver and Frank for a glass of wine with the angels in Heaven.

“Ar dhéis Dé go raibh a anam dílis”. (A. O’ Gorman)