Thursday 14 December 2017

New €20m distillery Boann to create 80 Irish jobs

Drogheda will have a new distillery for the first time in almost 50 years
Drogheda will have a new distillery for the first time in almost 50 years

A new distillery and visitors' centre in Drogheda is expected to create 80 new jobs when it opens next year.

The Boann Distillery and the associated visitor centre will also incorporate the Boyne Brewhouse craft brewery and a visitor centre with a bar, restaurant and event space.

The Enterprise Ireland-backed business will be owned and run by CEO Pat Cooney, a Drogheda native who built up soft drink maker and alcohol distributor the Gleeson Group, alongside his wife Marie and four of their children.

The Gleeson Group was sold to the C&C Group in a 2012 deal that valued the business at €58m.

Boann Distillery and Visitor Centre chief executive Pat Cooney said:“I’ve been in the drinks industry for the past 40 years and it has been a nagging ambition to establish a Distillery of my own.

To be able to realise this ambition, with the encouragement and participation of my wife and family, is a great bonus and to be able to establish this project in this super building in my home town is a multiple bonus"

With plans to produce craft whiskey, gin and an innovative range of craft beers for the domestic and export market, craft beer production is already underway in the 50,000sq foot building. 

Drogheda was once home to 18 local distilleries, which slowly declined to just one by 1822. The last distillery eventually closed in 1968.

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