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Wednesday 26 June 2019

The spirit is strong: Roe distillery looks back to whiskey's golden era

Whiskey in the jar: Gráinne Wafer, Diageo chief executive Ivan Menezes and experiences manager Neil Molloy. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Whiskey in the jar: Gráinne Wafer, Diageo chief executive Ivan Menezes and experiences manager Neil Molloy. Photo: Naoise Culhane

Áine Kenny

The old Guinness Power Station has been regenerated into a visitor experience and urban distillery, right in the heart of Dublin city.

It is named after George Roe, a famous Irish whiskey distiller from the 1800s who is widely regarded as being one of the architects of the golden era of Irish whiskey.

The building itself has been rescued from ruin, as the power station officially closed in 1988.

Visible from inside the restored building is the remains of the original Roe & Co distillery, which was once the largest in Ireland. It closed in 1920s as a result of prohibition.

A windmill tower with a teal roof and a pear tree are all that is left of the original distillery. This pear tree dates from 1850 and is the oldest fruit bearing tree in Ireland.

Gráinne Wafer, global brand director for Roe & Co, said: "It's just fabulous to bring this industrial building back to life.

"The Liberties is such a phenomenal area. It's full of creativity, imagination, hard graft as well."

Eighteen jobs have been created by the distillery's opening.

Irish Independent

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