Dingle Distillery Seeking Planning Permission For Upgrade Of Its Premises
Dingle Distillery of Co. Kerry is seeking planning permission for an upgrade of its premises.
According to The Irish Times, the proposed "visual upgrade" of the distillery, which was originally a sawmill, will involve adding new purpose-built tasting rooms and seek to increase the flow to the distillery's visitor centre.
Master Distiller Statement
The Irish Times quotes master distiller Graham Coull as saying, "Irish whiskey is becoming more and more popular and we see more and more visitors wanting to come to the distillery so we want to be able to cater for that.
"There will be purpose-built tasting rooms. We hope to lay out the whole distillery experience better so there is more flow to it and then visitors can enjoy the products in a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
"In the peak periods, we would have had to turn people away because we couldn't cater for them. The demand is there and Ireland is becoming a whiskey destination in itself where you will get whiskey enthusiasts coming to see the distilleries."
Managing Director Statements
According to The Irish Times, Dingle Distillery managing director Elliot Hughes said that the proposed development would benefit the entire local community.
The Irish Times quotes Hughes as saying, "The new Dingle Distillery aims to be a visual upgrade of the current premises, but more importantly we're creating a minimum of 60 jobs once it's open, and many more with local contractors in the lead-up to the build and opening.
"We're planning on supporting local businesses and suppliers and ensuring we're well-stocked with community-based products in our gift shop, showcasing the best that Dingle has to offer.
"The investment is not just in the distillery but in the community, too, as we strive to further tourist interest in Dingle, encouraging visitors to stay for longer, and to shop, eat and drink locally."
Investment Figure, Revenue Forecast And Planned New Products
According to The Irish Independent, Dingle Distillery is investing approximately €7 million in its distillery.
Also according to The Irish Independent, Hughes has forecast that Dingle Distillery could generate over €15 million in the next five years, and said that Dingle Distillery is hoping to develop a new Dingle rum and some peated whiskeys, including single malt and a pot still.
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