The Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed planning permission for a new distillery on the slopes of the Sliabh Liag in Donegal. It will be first distillery in the county in 175 years. 

Sliabh Liag has already launched its first expression, a blended Irish Whiskey named The Silkie, the first of four spirit brands planned, all of which are inspired by local folklore and are in keeping with the Donegal Gaeltacht Tradition.

In 2013, there were just 4 distilleries in operation in Ireland. Currently, there are 16 distilleries already in production and a further 13 in planning in 18 counties across the country.

Commenting on the announcement Carleen Madigan, of the Irish Whiskey Association said, “It’s fantastic news that Sliabh Liag have secured permission to build their new distillery. This is yet another example of the Irish whiskey success story which will boost tourism and employment in Donegal and support the local economy. Irish whiskey is the fastest growing premium spirit in the world. Global sales have increased by over 300% in the last ten years and have been growing by double-digits since the mid-1990s. Over €1 billion will be invested in Irish whiskey distillery projects between 2010 and 2025. New distilleries will bring new brands, adding more diversity to the category and will continue to drive the growth of the sector.  In December 2016 we launched the Irish whiskey Tourism Strategy which aims to treble tourists in this country from 600,000 to 1.9 million visitors by 2025 thereby generating opportunities for employment and regional development”.