Monday, October 02, 2017

The development of a new distillery for Boyle has moved closer following news that Roscommon County Council has approved plans for the development of a new €10m Whiskey Distillery, store and Visitor Centre in the town. It’s reported that the project has received considerable financial backing from celebrity actor and Boyle native Chris O’Dowd.

The planned distillery is to be located on a 26-acre site of the old mill at Mockmoyne, just off Patrick Street in the town. The initial phase of the development is expected to cost €5m with a total expenditure of €10m over the next ten years.

Development works are due to begin with the first phase expected to create an on-site craft distillery with plans to extend the facility to include a visitor centre and storage space over the following two years. Neil Stewart is leading the project which follows extensive research of the distillery sector.

The site of the distillery was an old mill, first developed in 1820 and acquired by Neil’s grandfather in 1880. The mill generated electricity for the town as well as featuring a sawmill, a battery-making facility and processing grain.

Senator Frank Feighan said this week that the €10m whiskey distillery and visitor centre would be a major tourism boost for the town. “The project has also received a huge shot in the arm with the news that Chris O’Dowd will become an investor. This is not just good news financially but Chris’ association is sure to be a significant endorsement of the development.

“I want to commend Neil Stewart who is a key figure behind this wonderful idea. This project shows great vision and has the potential to be a landmark attraction for the town, creating up to 20 jobs in the process,” said Senator Feighan.

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