Whiskey galore as couple pursue distillery dream
A new family distillery in Co. Mayo has become an ideal location to make whiskey.
It was the perfect place for a holiday. But Jude and Paul Davis soon realised that Lahardane in Co Mayo was also the ideal location for making whiskey.
Now the DCU lecturer and his wife are opening Connacht's first distillery in over 100 years. They found the perfect location in a 10,000 sq ft stone granary building from the 1800s.
Nestled between the Nephin Mountains and Lough Conn, they plan to distil the Peated Single Malt Whiskey using traditional methods.
They plan to use peat in its production, as opposed to modern methods using coal or gas.
While Jude will move to Mayo permanently to get the operational side of the business up and running, Paul will split his time between the rural idyll and their Swords home.
The couple's three children Joseph (16), Gemma (14) and Abbie (10) will continue school in Dublin.
"We believe it will result in 18 jobs for the area. It's a 24-hour-a-day operation but it's a very quiet process. We hope to have 1,900 casks ready to go after three years," said Jude.
Enda Kenny opened the distillery yesterday. Production should be up and running by the end of 2015.