Friday, February 03, 2017


Niche Drinks, has announced that its plans to build a £12m Irish whisky distillery and visitor centre at the historic Ebrington Square in Londonderry have been approved.

The Quiet Man Craft Distillery, was given the go-ahead this week by Derry & Strabane District Council, and following renovations and the installation of stills and other equipment, the first distillation is expected to take place early in 2018.

Work begins on the new Quiet Man Craft Distillery

Niche Drinks have been manufacturing and exporting Irish Cream Liqueurs from their site on Rossdowney Road since 1983 and this will continue alongside the new distillery development. The company currently employ 65 people and uses 25% of all milk produced in the North West in the production of their Irish Creams.

Commenting on the news, Ciaran Mulgrew, Managing Director of Niche Drinks, said: “This is tremendous news for us as a business and also for the city. We intend to build a top-class visitor centre at the distillery, focussing on Derry’s long history as an Irish Whiskey producing city. This will be a major attraction for the city and the renewed interest in Irish Whiskey and whiskey tourism will give the city a boost.”

The Quiet Man Craft Distillery, which is expected to create at least 35 jobs, will be the first whiskey distillery to open in the city for nearly 100 years.

First bottled in June 2015, The Quiet Man Irish Whiskey brand, was born when Ciaran Mulgrew, Managing Director of Niche Drinks decided to create a whiskey to honour his father, John Mulgrew.

Posted by Steve Rush