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Monday 12 November 2018

Harp brewery shuts up shop after half-century

Anne Campbell

THE closure of the Harp brewery in Dundalk took place on Monday, amid no fanfare from workers or their employers, Diageo.

THE closure of the Harp brewery in Dundalk took place on Monday, amid no fanfare from workers or their employers, Diageo.

While the future of the eleven acre site has been secured with August's announcement that John Teeling's Irish Whiskey Company will take over the Carrick Road facility in the New Year, some of the workers, many of whom have worked for Harp for more than 25 years, felt they had been let down by Diageo in the final redundancy settlements.

It is more than 50 years since Harp was first brewed at the site using the unique water from the Cooley Mountains. The beer will now be made in St. James's Gate in Dublin.

In a statement issued to The Argus on Monday, the drinks giant said they wanted to thank all those who have 'worked so hard and with such pride in the brewery over its history' and 'in particular, to express our thanks to the employees, who sadly will leave the business today'.

The statement said: 'Throughout the years great premium beer was brewed with care and attention and delivered by a team of dedicated, professional and proud employees supported by an excellent group of business partners. We wish our departing colleagues well in their future and hope they are very successful in their new endeavours.

'Diageo is pleased that the Great Northern Brewery site is to be acquired by The Irish Whiskey Company (IWC). This will allow continued use of the site positively contributing to the local economy in Dundalk. The Great Northern Brewery has a vibrant, proud and industrious history in Dundalk.

'We are pleased to see this continue and hope that this investment can create other economic activity in the region. Diageo will now begin the process of preparing the site for handover to IWC.

'Our employees at Dundalk have made an outstanding contribution to the success of our business over many years. Diageo recognises and appreciates the critical role that the Great Northern Brewery has played in the success of Diageo's beer brands and in particular, the world famous Harp Lager.

'The strong brewing legacy of Dundalk will live on in the great taste of Harp Lager which is enjoyed all over the world'.

The Argus

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