Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Sliabh Liag Distillers, has announced that members of The Ardara Town Traders’ Association gathered yesterday, to turn the sod (break ground) on their new distillery,

The news comes at a busy period for the Donegal based distillery, which over the last two weeks has raised €1.5 million via crowdfunding to fuel the next phase of its expansion.

Sliabh Liag Distillers breaks ground on new distillery

The new Ardara distillery, which will be the first to distil whiskey in Donegal for the first time in nearly 200 years, will have the capacity to produce over 1.2m bottles of whiskey per annum.

The company plans to create a number of brands, including the Ardara and Sliabh Liag single malt and pot still whiskeys, which will be heavily peated and authentic to the style of 19th century whiskeys from the county.   

Commenting on the news, James Doherty, who founded the distillery along with his wife Moira, said: “We’ve been a little overwhelmed by the response to our crowdfund with over 800 new investors becoming part of the Sliabh Liag Distillers’ family in the past two weeks. Our funding took yet another giant leap forward this week with the announcement that three of our existing shareholders have committed an additional quarter of a million euros to the business; seeing existing investors of such industry standing confidently expand their stake in our company is a fantastic endorsement of what we are aiming to achieve by reclaiming Donegal’s distilling heritage.”

In August, Sliabh Liag Distillers also marked the first time that a batch of spirits from Donegal was dispatched to the United States, in nearly 200 years.

Posted by Steve Rush