Coveney hails new €10m distillery launch
A new €10m distillery in west Cork expects to attract 35,000 visitors a year.
Officially opened by Tánaiste Simon Coveney, the distillery will create 35 new jobs, and intends to use goods and services from farmers and other local businesses where possible.
The new distillery makes triple-distilled single pot still whiskey produced from grain grown on a farm belonging to the Scully family, who have been on the land for eight generations.
Clonakilty Distillery CEO Michael Scully said that the project "is a statement of confidence for the area and a declaration of support for the town".
Clonakilty also produces Minke Gin, named after the Minke whale that visits the coast. The gin is derived from locally-produced whey and infused with a coastal botanical called rock samphire.
Launching the distillery, Mr Coveney said that it was "the latest example of the strength and ambition of local enterprise and of the Wild Atlantic Way brand".
"Ireland needs people like Michael and Helen Scully, who have the vision and drive to help to create viable industries and the jobs that come with them," he said.
Irish whiskey is now the fastest-growing segment within the global drinks industry, with exports enjoying almost double-digit growth.