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Slane set to brew up €10m distillery


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june 2009

slane castle pic mark condren june 2009

slane castle pic mark condren june 2009

NORMALLY the scene of the country's biggest concerts, Slane Castle is set to have its own €10m whiskey distillery and visitor centre.

MEATH County Council has approved the plans for the ambitious project, which is earmarked for the existing two-storey east stable yard – about 110m from the historic castle.

It is also planned to transform a group of 18th and 19th century courtyard buildings for the proposed development.

The planned distillery and associated visitor areas include a reception and ticket area, shop, cafe and tasting rooms, as well as a show cask area.

Once up and running, Slane Castle will become the first Irish whiskey producer to grow, malt and distil its own barley.

And there is plenty of stock on site as Slane Castle currently grows 2,000 tonnes of barley a year.

Once the planning process is complete, Slane Castle hopes to start construction at the end of the year with initial production by next year, according to the website.

It is hoped the first batch will yield 600,000 litres of pure alcohol.

At the weekend, Slane Castle staged rock band Bon Jovi – the first of this year's two concerts at the venue.

Managing director of Slane Castle Distillery Alex Mountcharles said he is hopeful full planning permission will be approved. He would not comment further.