The Fountain Newswire has learned that Teeling Whiskey have applied for planning permission for the conversion of a warehouse in New Market Square into a new micro distillery and tourist centre.
Founded by Jack Teeling Teeling Whiskey originated in Marrowbone Lane in 1782. At this time, the James’s/Thomas Street area was home to over 60 distilleries, as well as one or two famous breweries (we shall not mention any names). The distillery quickly grew in popularity and stood the test time where many distilleries before it floundered. In 1985, it bought the former state potato schnapps distillery in Louth and changed its name to its more famous moniker of “Cooley Distillery”. The company has since become famous for its Connemara, Tyrconnell, Kilbeggan and Greenore whiskey brands.
The planning permission put forward by Teeling Whiskey is to convert a warehouse on Mill Street, Newmarket Square into a micro distillery capable of producing 500,000 litres per annum. The new distillery is to house a gift shop, cafe/restaurant, tasting area, testing laboratory and a function/event area, as well as ancillary offices.
This is welcome news for the area, as this new development is sure to bring in jobs and retain tourists who tend to wander back into town after their visit to Guinness’s is over. It also starts an encouraging trend of south west inner city returning to its past as Dublin’s whiskey quarter as has been recently reported O’Hara’s brewery are also seeking permission for their own craft distillery on James’s Street. Irish whiskey is the fastest growing spirit market in the world at this present time, with China and Russia becoming massive consumers of the genre, it is therefore, unsurprising, that there are new distilleries beginning to spread in the country.
There was a time when Dublin was the undisputed centre for whiskey production in Ireland, however, that crown has since been thrown away to be fought over by Cork, Antrim, Offaly and Louth, hopefully, with the establishment of these new distilleries, we can begin the path to reclaiming our title!