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New Distillery To Open In Cahersiveen

By Dave Simpson

A new €10 million micro-distillery called Skellig Six18 is set to open in the former Wilson Socks factory in Cahersiveen in Co. Kerry.

The distillery was conceived by June O'Connell, who is from Cahersiveen, and its backers include head of Davy's private client division Patrick Cooney.

The new distillery will produce craft gin and pot still whiskey, and it is expected that a gin school, an interim visitor centre and a bottling plant will open on the site by the end of 2019.

"Initial Plan"

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Speaking to The Irish Times, O'Connell said, "The whiskey distillery will have capacity for six casks per day on a single shift, and the new facility has planning permission to run a three-cycle shift, although it will be some time before we move up to that level.

"The initial plan is to produce about 33,000 cases a year, and we'll be maturing it here as well, although we won't be bottling and selling everything that matures after three years."

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