Irish Whiskey

Wednesday, 22 June 2016


Irish Whiskey Association Welcomes Opening of Walsh Whiskey Distillery in Co Carlow
Miriam Mooney, Head of the Irish Whiskey Association welcomed the news that whiskey distilling has returned to Carlow after an absence of 200 years with the opening of Walsh Whiskey Distillery - a new world class distillery and visitor centre.

At the opening yesterday Miriam said that “the revival of the Irish Whiskey industry is being felt across the island of Ireland with the opening of the new €25 million, Walsh Whiskey Distillery in Royal Oak, County Carlow by husband and wife team, Bernard and Rosemary Walsh. Bernard and Rosemary have great plans for the distillery and also for the visitor centre attached to it. They will create 55 jobs and bring 75,000 whiskey tourists annually to Royal Oak, County Carlow. The announcement is another sign that the Irish Whiskey industry is moving confidently towards double digit export growth by 2020. With the industry exporting to 77 countries, great Irish brands like this will continue to be experienced through our high quality whiskey products.”

“A recent report by economist Tony Foley on the Carlow Kilkenny constituency noted that the drinks industry already supports over 4,500 jobs in the constituency with a total wage bill of nearly €96 million. With the addition of the Walsh Whiskey Distillery, we will see this number increase over the coming years. It’s also interesting to note that Bord Bia recently said that the best performing category in terms of exports growth was the beverage sector, largely driven by sustained growth in exports of Irish whiskey, which recorded export growth of 18%,” Miriam concluded.

Editors Notes

Irish Whiskey Industry facts and growth projections:
        Employment to grow by 30% by 2025, from 5000 to 6500
        Whiskey tourism to increase from 600,00 p.a to 800,000 in the medium term
        Annual exports are now worth over €300m, up 220% since 2003
        Exports are set to double by 2020, double again by 2030
        Exports to 77 markets
        Global market share to grow by 300% by 2030 from 4% to 12%
        2010-2025: investment of over €1.1bn, production to rise by 41%
        Domestic spend of €350m annually, supporting farming families