Clonakilty Distillery officially opened

The Irish distillery is located in the heart of West Cork

Two days ago, the Clonakilty distillery in West Cork was officially opened, since yesterday visitors are welcome and public distillery tours are running. Not few visitors are expected at the distillery on the south coast of Ireland: one would like to lead 35,000 visitors through the 10-million-euro-distillery each year and inspire them for Irish whiskey.

This sounds ambitious, but founder and CEO Michael Scully is in good spirits. Irish whiskey is booming and with Clonakilty the number of active whiskey distilleries in Ireland has risen to 23 as the Irish broadcaster RTE.ie reports. In 2013 there only had been four.

35 employees will ensure whiskey production as well as the operating visitor center. The local community and high politics are also happy about the newly created jobs: Simon Coveney himself, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, opened the Clonakilty Distillery.

In the future, triple distilled single pot still whiskey will be produced, and the grain for that will grow in the fields of the Scully Farm. Clonakilty already bottles whiskey, which of course was produced in another distillery. The own whiskey of Clonakilty Distillery will take some years to be matured.

Photocredits: Dermot O'Sullivan