Press releases




Distilleries could attract 135,000 visitors to the North West

22/09/2017

The Irish Whiskey Association’s North West Regional Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy was launched by the Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring today at Connacht Irish Whiskey Distillery in Ballina, Co Mayo. The Irish Whiskey Tourism Strat ...

Irish Whiskey renaissance rolls on with 22% increase in exports to the US in first half of 2017

13/09/2017

13 September 2017 Latest figures from the CSO which point to a 22% increase in the value of whiskey exports to the United States in the first six months of 2017 have been hailed as phenomenal by the Irish Whiskey Association. According to the CSO the valu ...

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes the opening of the Slane Distillery to the public

01/09/2017

The Irish Whiskey Association wishes Slane Distillery the best of luck tomorrow when it opens its doors to visitors From the 2nd September onwards, visitors will be able to avail of guided tours of the state-of-the-art distillery, as well as whiskey tasti ...

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes the launch of the Pearse Lyons Distillery in historic Liberties location

25/07/2017

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes the launch of the Pearse Lyons Distillery in historic Liberties location 25th JULY 2017 – The Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the announcement that the Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James’s is set to open its d ...

Almost 200 bottles of Irish Whiskey sold every minute as sales around the world skyrocket

29/06/2017

ALMOST 200 BOTTLES OF IRISH WHISKEY SOLD EVERY MINUTE AS SALES AROUND THE WORLD SKYROCKET 29th JUNE 2017 - Demand for Irish whiskey soared by 11.2% last year cementing its position as the world’s fastest growing spirit according to new figures published ...

Irish Whiskey distilleries to attract more than 190,000 tourists to counties Cork, Clare, Kerry and the surrounding region

12/06/2017

IRISH WHISKEY DISTILLERIES TO ATTRACT MORE THAN 190,000 TOURISTS TO COUNTIES CORK, CLARE, KERRY AND THE SURROUNDING REGION The Irish Whiskey Association’s South West Regional Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy was launched by the Minister of State for Food, ...

Irish Whiskey distilleres to attract more than 200,000 visitors every year to counties Antrim, Derry & Down and the surrounding region

22/05/2017

IRISH WHISKEY DISTILLERIES TO ATTRACT MORE THAN 200,000 VISITORS EVERY YEAR TO COUNTIES ANTRIM, DERRY AND DOWN AND THE SURROUNDING REGION The Irish Whiskey Association on Monday afternoon [22nd MAY] launched the Regional Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy in ...

Irish Whiskey distilleres to attract 158,000 visitors every year to Ireland's Midlands and East

15/05/2017

IRISH WHISKEY DISTILLERIES TO ATTRACT 158,000 VISITORS TO IRELAND’S MIDLANDS AND EAST THE Irish Whiskey Association’s Midlands/East Regional Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy was launched by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan on Mo ...

Irish Whiskey distilleres volunteer to mentor new entrants to help grow industry

26/04/2017

IRISH WHISKEY DISTILLERS VOLUNTEER TO MENTOR NEW ENTRANTS TO HELP GROW INDUSTRY 26th April 2017 – Irish whiskey distillers from all over the island will come together today (Wednesday) to help drive one of Ireland’s most famous exports to new heights. A ...

New bill to help Irish whiskey tourism to reach target of 1.9 million visitors

23/03/2017

NEW BILL TO HELP IRISH WHISKEY TOURISM TO REACH TARGET OF 1.9 MILLION VISITORS The Irish Whiskey Association today welcomes the passage of the Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016 through the next stage in the Oireachtas. The legisla ...

Irish Spirits Association meets Scotch Whisky Association in Edinburgh on eve of 6 Nations

03/02/2017

To discuss challenges and opportunities facing sectors Scotch whisky exports worth 4bn Irish whiskey exports worth €505m Edinburgh, Friday 3 February 2017 – As the Irish and Scottish rugby teams prepare to kick off the six nations championship in Edi ...

Whiskey investment by Diageo heralds a return to sector's Golden Age

31/01/2017

WHISKEY INVESTMENT BY DIAGEO HERALDS A RETURN TO SECTOR’S GOLDEN AGE Tuesday 31st January 2017: The Irish Whiskey Association has said the announcement today (31 January 2016) by Diageo, the world’s largest spirits maker, that it is to re-enter the glo ...

Ireland aims to become the world leader in Whiskey Tourism by 2030

08/12/2016

Ireland aims to become the world leader in Whiskey Tourism by 2030 Creation of a new Irish Whiskey trail and tourism infrastructure around distilleries. Develop an embassy network of hotels, restaurants and pubs. Whiskey tourism has the potential to grow ...