Carlow’s new Walsh Distillery creates 55 jobs

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Carlow’s new Walsh Distillery has created 55 new jobs for the county. The distillery is Carlow’s first whiskey-making facility in more than 200 years.

The new €25m facility at Royal Oak will have the capacity to produce eight million bottles of whiskey annually. However, given the length of time needed to age whiskey, bottles produced here will only become available in 2019.

The new Carlow plant comes as a result of the increased demand for Irish whiskeys around the world. The company now hopes to increase exports and sales in many different markets. They plan on expansion in Asia, particularly China and India. The Walsh Distillery sells two whiskeys, The Irishman and Writers Tears, in 40 countries. Writers Tears won the award of Best Irish Blend Under €50 in the 2013 Irish Whiskey Awards, and The Irishman won Best Irish Whiskey Brand of the Year at the highly accredited New York International Spirits Competition in 2015.

Distillery visitor centre planned.

As well as a jobs boost, the facility should increase tourist numbers in the area. The distillery, located on an 18th century estate, has 40 acres of pastoral land. It is hoped that around 75, 000 people per year will visit the new visitor centre.

The Walsh Distillery should attract whiskey-lovers from across Ireland and the world – it is the only independent Irish whiskey distillery producing all three styles of Irish whiskey: pot still, malt and grain.

There new facility has increased the number of working distilleries in Ireland to 15. However, a further 22 new ones are planned to satiate the international appetite for Irish uisce beatha.

Anne Sexton

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