As reported by Careers Portal, Walsh Whiskey Distillery – producer of popular whiskey brands like The Irishman and Writers Tears – are to add a Ђ25 million expansion to their Carlow-based distillery, creating up to 55 new permanent jobs in the process.
This will lead to the development of new jobs over the next five years. The expansion is being sponsored by Enterprise Ireland through the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. In addition to the creation of 55 new jobs, it will also create 40 jobs over 18 months when construction work on the expansion begins in Spring 2014.
The Minister of this Department, Richard Burton TD, has welcomed the news.
“Today’s announcement that the Walsh Whiskey Distillery Company is investing Ђ25 million in a world-class centre in Co Carlow, with the creation of 55 permanent and 40 temporary jobs in a regional location, is a model of what we are trying to achieve,” says Minister Burton. “Here is an Irish SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) that, with the support of Government and Enterprise Ireland in particular, has lifted its ambitions, pursued new markets, and is now creating large numbers of jobs in an area which badly needs them. I commend all involved on their efforts and wish them every success for the future.”
Walsh Whiskey Distillery was founded in 1999 by married Carlow couple Bernard and Rosemary Walsh. They currently produce six different whiskey brands and their products have won numerous awards, most recently the International Spirits Challenge 2013 and the World’s Spirits Competition.
The future of Irish whiskey is on the way up as it was recently announced by forecasters that the spirit is the fastest growing globally, rising from Ђ4.4 million cases in 2008 to Ђ6.5 million cases this year. This is expected to rise to Ђ12 million cases in the next five years and should lead to the creation of further employment in this growing sector