About us

The Irish Whiskey Association was established in 2014 to represent the rapidly expanding Irish whiskey industry. The association provides a forum for all operators, new and old, to come together to share expertise and cooperate in building the Irish whiskey category brand.

The Irish Whiskey Association’s mission is to:
  • Promote the Irish Whiskey category in Ireland and internationally, working with Government agencies and the European Commission.
  • Support new market entrants.
  • Promote the high standards of Irish Whiskey by working with the relevant authorities to ensure that the legal protection offered by the Geographic Indication is applied in Ireland and internationally.
  • Ensure public policy supports the sustainable growth of the Irish Whiskey sector.

Chairman: Colum Egan, Master Distiller, Bushmills Distillery
Vice-chair: David Stapleton, Managing Director, The Connacht Whiskey Company