Irish Whiskey

Thursday, 7 April 2016


IRISH WHISKEY ASSOCIATION WELCOMES THE OPENING OF ECHLINVILLE DISTILLERY IN CO. DOWN TODAY
“THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR AN ALL-ISLAND APPROACH TO IRISH WHISKEY TOURISM“- IWA
Thursday 7 April 2016

The Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the news from Co. Down today that Echlinville Distillery is opening the doors of its distillery and is launching visitor tours to the public. The Association says that this will boost Co. Down’s tourism offering and the local economy. The IWA stated that it is a sign that the Irish whiskey revival is taking place right across the island of Ireland and stated that as the Irish whiskey industry continues to grow, the development of an all-island approach to Irish whiskey tourism should be a consideration.

Miriam Mooney, Head of the Irish Whiskey Association said:

“With a wealth of new entrants in the Irish whiskey sector, we will continue to see a significant number of new tourism offerings opening over the coming years, like the Echlinville distillery tours being launched today. This will bring jobs and investment in communities in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

“The island of Ireland has the opportunity to bring together the industry and government agencies such as Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourism Board to put together a coordinated strategy for an all-island approach to Irish Whiskey tourism. The tourism agencies in both jurisdictions can help develop this route as a necklace of distilleries and visitor attractions develops across the island of Ireland.

“The employment potential is significant as guided tours and restaurants are labour intensive operations. In Scotland it is estimated that there is a five to one radio of export value to direct tourism.”

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