Tuesday 21 November 2017

Whiskey galore in the Liberties as Irish single malt booms worldwide

The Dublin Whiskey Company has announced plans for its new whiskey distillery and visitor centre in the capital. The company will be investing over €10million in developing its 300-year-old site in Mill Street, Dublin 8, in the very heart of the Liberties, which is the historic birthplace of Irish whiskey. Over 60 people will be employed during the construction phase beginning in early 2015 with 30 permanent jobs coming on stream upon completion at the latter end of the year.

Prospective investors will also have the opportunity to become part of the revival of whiskey in Dublin as the company will also raise additional funds through the government's EII Scheme (formerly the BES).In the last decade, the Irish whiskey category worldwide has grown by almost 20pc. In 2013, more than 6.2 million, 9 litre cases of Irish whiskey were exported to more than 100 countries around the world. This figure is set to double to 12 million by 2020, and double again to 24 million by 2030.

Marie Byrne, managing director of Dublin Whiskey Co, said: "Figures from the Irish Whiskey Association show that there is a 'global renaissance' in Irish whiskey and now it is the fastest growing spirits category in the world."

"Potential investors will be attracted to our business by the knowledge that they are investing in a rapidly growing market set against a backdrop where the international prospects for Irish whiskey are bright," she said.

Drive the cold Autumn away with Horslips at the Knocknarea Arena

Horslips, the Irish supergroup which disbanded in 1980, before making comebacks in 2009 and 2011, are to please the crowds one more time - this time in Sligo.

The band will be one of the headline acts at this year's Sligo Live festival, which will also feature Sheryl Crow, O'Hooley & Tidow, No Crows, Simone Felice, Rackhouse Pilfer and the Barr Brothers. Horslips play the Knocknarea Arena on Saturday night, October 25 at 8.30pm. Tickets are €28.50 with a limited number of premium seats available at €33 from sligolive.ie and from Ticketmaster.

Meanwhile, legendary song-writer Phil Coulter embarks on a nationwide tour in October and November to celebrate the release of "Echoes of Home" his first solo piano album in 25 years. He will play 35 dates.

For venues see: www.philcoulter.com.

Foxrock fete to focus on family fun

Leopardstown Park Hospital, Foxrock, Co Dublin will hold their annual garden fete from 1 to 5pm next Sunday. There will be a multitude of stalls for bargain hunters, selling clothes, books, cakes, plants, bric-a-brac, jams and preserves. Entertainment for the children includes bouncing castles, face painting, a juggler and the ever-popular Thomas the Tank Engine. A bumper raffle will take place on the day with super prizes.

History buffs will be interested to note that Leopardstown Park and house, beside Leopardstown Racecourse, was originally a gift from Lady Power Dunning for the establishment of Leopardstown Park Hospital in 1917 for the care and treatment of soldiers in the British forces who had been disabled or injured in the war.

While some veterans of WW2 are still cared for, the residential needs of our older persons of the greater community are also met by the facility and its staff.

Admission is €2.00 and children are admitted free of charge.

Sunday Independent

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