Friday, September 12, 2014


As 200 guests looked on, the founders of the independent Walsh Whiskey Distillery, Bernard & Rosemary Walsh, yesterday turned the sod at Royal Oak, County Carlow in Ireland as construction commenced on their €25million craft Irish whiskey distillery by the banks of the River Barrow. 

Located on an 18th century estate comprising 40 acres of pastoral land, the distillery will be the largest independent whiskey distillery in Ireland. Its two production lines, using both pot stills and column stills, will give Walsh Whiskey the capacity to produce 6 million bottles of whiskey annually.

Walsh Whiskey will produce all three types of Irish whiskey in one still house; pot, malt and grain.

The ceremony was also attended by 12 of Walsh Whiskey’s international distribution partners from Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland & The United States.

The development will also include two maturation houses with capacity for 60,000 barrels and a visitor experience, incorporating the 18th century Holloden House, which will cater for 75,000 whiskey tourists by 2021.

Bernard Walsh, Founder of Walsh Whiskey Distillery said: “This is a very significant day for everyone associated with Walsh Whiskey and our goal to be recognised as the leading independent distiller of premium, craft, Irish whiskey in the world. We are now 15 years in business and we are very grateful to the thousands of people across the world that choose our whiskies and also to all of our international partners who make sure that Irishman and Writers Tears are available in 30 countries and growing. Royal Oak is a very special and wonderful place to create world-class whiskey. I look forward to us commencing production in early 2016.”

Once commissioned, in early 2016, the distillery will produce Walsh Whiskey’s critically acclaimed, award winning, ultra-premium Irish whiskey brands – The Irishman and Writerá¹£ Tears. The distillery will be unique as the only distillery in Ireland to produce all three types of Irish whiskey in one still house; pot, malt and grain.

Source: Dempsey Corporate