The new Clonakilty Distillery has officially opened in West Cork. The €10m, state of the art facility has created 35 new jobs and is expected to attract 35,000 visitors annually.
As well as a visitor experience, gin school and The Whale’s Tail Bistro, Clonakilty Distillery also owns a warehouse on the Wild Atlantic Way, on the Galley Head peninsula.
Having already employed dozens of people over the course of its construction and opening, the new distillery is also providing an indirect boost to the area by using goods and services from farmers and other local businesses as much as possible.
Commenting on the opening, Michael Scully, Clonakilty Distillery CEO, said: “We’re thrilled that the big day has finally arrived and we can welcome visitors to the distillery. This project is a statement of confidence for the area and a declaration of support for the town.
“Construction work began 15 months ago and we’re happy to say that whenever possible we used the skills of local people across West Cork to deliver the project. Now the hard work begins of making the Clonakilty brand a global leader in the international whiskey market.”
In addition to its triple-distilled single pot still Irish whiskey, produced from grain grown on the Scully family farm, Clonakilty Distillery also produces Minke Gin, derived from locally-produced whey and infused with hand foraged coastal rock samphire.
The Scully family have farmed the local land for eight generations and anticipate the distillery will continue to contribute to Clonakilty for generations to come.