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Friday 24 January 2020

First Limerick whiskey for 100 years hits the shelves in time for Christmas

Thomond Gate Whiskey
Thomond Gate Whiskey
Samantha McCaughren

Samantha McCaughren

Limerick's first whiskey in 100 years has just hit the shelves in time for Christmas.

Thomond Gate Whiskey is a heritage pot still whiskey based on one that ceased production in the city in 1919.

"Limerick has been the only county in Munster not to have its own whiskey," Nicholas Ryan, the founder of the new venture, said. "My goal is to bring heritage pot still whiskey back to Limerick.

"We have searched the Limerick archives to source and recreate a spirit which was enjoyed by our previous generations." Whiskey was made at the Thomond Gate Distillery between 1809 and 1919, and the operation was once responsible for 9pc of global whiskey sales.

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The whiskey will initially go on sale in Fine Wines in Limerick and at the Celtic Whiskey Shop in Dublin, with plans to bring it nationwide and export it in the near future.

Bottles 2-10 from the first batch of 100 will be on sale today on the Irish Whiskey Auctions website.

Ryan, a native of Ballyclough in Limerick, returned from working in the fintech and finance industries in London to set up the whiskey business.

He was a participant on the government-supported Back for Business programme, which assists entrepreneurs in starting and developing firms in Ireland.

The programme, which is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is in its third year. The deadline for applications for this year's participants is January 7.

Sunday Independent

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