Whiskey back in the jar with new Dublin distillery
DUBLIN could soon have a new working whiskey distillery, as the Dublin Whiskey Company advances plans to turn an old furniture factory in the historic Liberties area into its manufacturing base.
The company has just asked Dublin County Council if transforming the old furniture factory to a distillery is an exempted development – the Punt reckons it already knows the likely answer to that question. But the distillery, if it gets off the ground, will be the first whiskey distillery to open in the capital in 125 years.
It also comes amid a resurgence in Irish whiskey, with Pernod Ricard-owned Jameson blazing an international trail. Having sold his Cooley distilling business in 2011 to US group Beam, entrepreneur John Teeling has now agreed to buy the former Harp brewery in Dundalk from Diageo. He's calling it the 'Great Northern Distillery'.
He plans to start making whiskey there early next year and will employ 40 people on-site. A number of other distillery operations are also under way, including an investment by US-based businessman Pearse Lyons of Alltech in site in Carlow.
The Dublin Whiskey Company was founded just a year ago by dentist Ed O'Flaherty and accountant Maria O'Brien. It's currently aiming to raise funds from investors.