Famous whiskey returns to its roots
One of the world's best-selling whiskies is returning to its roots with a distillery reopening near the site where it was originally made.
Fifteen permanent jobs will be created when Tullamore Dew production returns to the Midlands town of Tullamore for the first time since 1954 in a 35 million euro investment.
Brand owner William Grant & Sons will build a new, state-of-the-art pot still whiskey and malt distillery on 58 acres at Clonminch just outside the town.
Stella David, chief executive of William Grant, said the investment underpins the company's long-term commitment to Tullamore Dew, to the town and to Ireland.
"It represents an important next step in the long-term growth and development of the Tullamore Dew brand, one of Ireland's food and drink export success stories which is now the second largest selling Irish whiskey worldwide," she said.
"We're excited about bringing whiskey distilling back to Tullamore Dew's roots for the first time in almost 60 years."
The company said the development will create a new and emotional home for one of the world's most popular and fastest growing whiskies which has almost doubled its worldwide sales to 700,000 cases since 2005.
About 100 construction jobs will created during the two-year rebuild which is due to start later this year. The distillery will complement the Tullamore Dew visitor centre due to open in September employing 10 people.
The new distillery will tap into natural spring water from the nearby Slieve Bloom mountains for its the triple distillation process.
Maurice Doyle, William Grant's group marketing director, said: "Irish whiskey is a major growth story internationally and with this investment we're looking forward to putting Tullamore Dew and the Midlands region back on the map as one of Ireland's premier whiskey producing regions."