Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Donegal County Council, has given the go-ahead and granted full planning permission for the proposed new Sliabh Liag Distillery in Carrick.

The new whiskey, gin and poitín producing distillery and visitors centre, was commissioned by Drioglann Shliabh Liag CGA, the company behind The Silkie blended Irish Whiskey, which launched in 2016.

Artists impression of the new Sliabh Liag Distillery

The Company champions the Donegal Gaeltacht and will create a significant number of new jobs and provide a new tourist attraction in the area, further enhancing the Wild Atlantic Way in South West Donegal.

Commenting on the news, James Doherty, Managing Director of Sliabh Liag Distillery, said: “This is a momentous day for the area and brings the goal of reclaiming the distilling heritage of Donegal another step closer. The Distillery will be a real boost for employment and tourism in the area. We will continue the development of The Silkie and launch An Dúlamán, Irish Maritime Gin in the coming months while we further develop the Distillery plans.”

Irish whiskey has been the fastest growing spirits category in recent years, producing over 6.7 million cases a year. The new distillery is expected to employ at least 40 people and produce 35,000 cases of whiskey, gin and poitín annually.

Posted by Steve Rush