This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on a rare bottle of Irish whiskey going to auction for nearly €10,000 and proposed Monasterevin Distillery is hit with more planning delays.
So let’s see what’s happening this week in our Irish whiskey news.
An extremely rare bottle of old Irish whiskey is expected to go under the hammer for up to €10,000 at auction next week. The 1880s bottle of Cassidy & Co Monasterevin was matured by the Cassidy family, who made whiskey at their Co Kildare mill from 1784 until 1921. In recent years, the Ballykelly Mill has been restored by businessman Paddy McKillen, who plans to open a distillery and visitor centre on the site and revive Monasterevin’s heritage of producing fine whiskey.
The item is set to go for auction at Victor Mee Auctions in Cavan on July 31, with an estimate of between €5,000 and €10,000. The hand-blown, unopened bottle, is one of only two known such bottles – the other is housed in the Irish Whiskey Museum. The whiskey has been described by the auction house as the star lot in the Clermont Collection Rare Advertising, Pub Memorabilia and Architectural Fittings sale, which will take place over two days from July 30-31.
Kildare Co Council has sought further information on a proposed €50m whiskey distillery and visitor centre near Monasterevin in which U2 frontman Bono is involved as a part-investor. Plans were originally submitted on September 10th last year for the large-scale development at Ballykelly outside the town.
The imposing seven-storey Malthouse was originally built around 1800 and was refurbished in the 1940s. The distillery would also feature a roof garden and viewing area on the protected mill building. The total floor area of the planned distillery and visitor centre is 5,051.4 square metres. The development will involve the demolition of several buildings such as sheds on the existing site. The venture is being promoted by a Dublin-based company called Jewelfield Ltd which has links to multi-millionaire businessman and property developer Paddy McKillen.
One of the investors is Bono but it’s not known if he has personally visited the site of the proposed development, which is located on the L 1002 road out of Monasterevin. Irish whiskey is in big demand internationally as Irish operators currently sell millions of cases every year. Experts believe the sector is in a strong position to surpass its 2020 target of 12m cases.
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