Teeling family plans Dublin whiskey distillery
THE Teeling family plans to go back into business by opening a whiskey distillery in the heart of Dublin.
Brothers Jack and Stephen have earmarked a site on Newmarket Square in the Liberties for the Teeling Whiskey Company, which could become the first new distillery in the capital for more than 100 years.
The pair are following in the footsteps of their father, who sold the Cooley Distillery in Co Louth to US drinks giant Beam for $95m (€71m) exactly two years ago.
Jack Jnr later founded the Teeling Whiskey Company in a bid to bring back an independent voice to the industry.
It aims to be Ireland's leading independent producer through a "selection of unique handcrafted small batch Irish whiskeys".
Details about their new investment and jobs boost - and a proposed visitor's centre - will be revealed next week.
Mr Teeling, the founder and managing director of the Teeling Whiskey Company, has more than 10 years' experience in the Irish whiskey industry.
Beam also owns brands Canadian Club whiskey, Courvoisier and Teacher's.
Up to 60 million litres of Irish whiskey - 6.5 million cases - were consumed in 2012, up from four million in 2008.