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Issue 145 - Meet the new boss

Whisky Magazine Issue 145
July 2017


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Meet the new boss

Walsh Whiskey distillery has appointed Lisa Ryan as new distillery manager

A Carlow native, Ryan moves from her previous post at Waterford Distillery, to succeed Aidan Finnegan who has moved to Scotland.

Ryan will have responsibility for the production of all three styles of Irish whiskey (pot still, malt and grain) at Walsh Whiskey Distillery. Commissioned on Easter Sunday in 2016, the distillery is one of the largest in the country with the capacity to produce eight million bottles of whiskey annually. It features both whiskey distilling systems, pot stills and column stills and is unique, for a large distillery, in being manually operated to allow for greater innovation in the distillation process.

The distillery has the impressive capacity to produce 650,000 cases (two and a half million litres of pure alcohol or eight million bottles) of whiskey annually.

Set deep in the heart of barley-growing country, directly over the Barrow Valley Aquifer and framed by 200 year old mighty oak trees on the banks of the River Barrow, the distillery is built on the Royal Oak estate, which dates back to 1755. It is just an hour from Dublin and 20 minutes from Kilkenny and is designed for visitors interested in experiencing the various whiskey production methods.

Established in 1999 by husband and wife, Bernard and Rosemary Walsh, the company produces The Irishman and Writers' Tears premium Irish whiskeys, which are sold in more than 40 countries worldwide.

There are several distillery tours daily throughout the summer, go to for de...

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