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Liberties to become city's 'whiskey quarter'

DUBLIN 8 looks set to become the city's 'whiskey quarter' with a second distillery to be built in the Liberties. Dublin Whiskey Company will be investing over €10m in developing its new distillery and visitor centre in the 300-year-old site it has purchased in Mill Street.

"It is great for the city centre and is borne from the growing interest from tourists who want to learn more about the production of Irish whiskey," said Marie Byrne, MD.

Located just 300m from St Patrick's Cathedral, the historic building dates back to 1691 and was once the malting house of local distiller and brewer John Busby.

Over 60 people will be employed during the construction phase, which begins in early 2015, with 30 permanent jobs created upon completion.

Earlier this month, Teeling's Whiskey also began construction on a new distillery nearby, the first working distillery to operate in the capital for 125 years. In the last decade, the Irish whiskey category worldwide has grown by almost 200pc.

"Figures show that there is a global renaissance in Irish whiskey," said Ms Byrne. "Dublin was once the whiskey making capital of the world with the city producing 12 million nine-litre cases of whiskey a year in the 1800s. This figure is set to double by 2030 to 24 million."