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Dingle Distillery to Go Ahead

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Details of Ireland’s newest distillery, The Dingle Whiskey Distillery, were announced recently in Dingle. The new business venture is being driven by serial entrepreneur and founder of the well-known PorterHouse bars and microbrewery operation (and Lillie’s Bordello proprietor) Oliver Hughes together with local Kerry businessman Jerry O’Sullivan. Udaras na Gaeltachta is assisting the project and the Dingle distillery represents the first distillery to open on the island of Ireland for 200 years.

The businessmen have decided to invest their own funds and are to roll out a Business Expansion Scheme (BES) that will see a distillery opening on the site of the Old Creamery building.  The project will raise €1.7 million in the coming weeks with a substantial amount being contributed by the promoters themselves.

Oliver Hughes said, “I’ve been going to Dingle all my life and have always been struck by its remarkable beauty and people. I’ve been thinking about this project for a very long time now and thanks to Udaras na Gaeltachta for their support in talking me into making this project a reality. Very shortly, we look forward to commencing production that will celebrate the Kerry green and the gold”.”

Construction will take 18 months and when complete, will provide 18 jobs. The distillery will also play an integral role in reinforcing Dingle’s commitment to cultural tourism by opening a visitors centre there.  The centre will highlight the history of the Dingle Peninsula with visitors being able to make a whiskey toast to the history of the area, from the beehive huts where ancient monks distilled ‘uisce beatha’ through to the people of the area and their remarkable accomplishments.

The distillery will produce three varieties of whiskey.

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Thursday, August 17, 1:43 am

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