Cork village pipes up to welcome whiskey

Pipers lead the arrival of the first barrels of whiskey to Irish Distillers' new Dungourney warehouse facility in east Co Cork. Pictures: John Sheehan

We’re accustomed to bonfires and crowds for returning sporting heroes but a town rolling out a welcoming committee for a couple of barrels of whiskey has to be a first.

To be fair to the good folk of Dungourney, Co Cork, it was a big day in their whiskey history with the arrival of the first barrels of brown liquor to their new warehousing facility.

And while Ramblin’ Jack Elliot might have lamented the lack of cigarettes and wild, wild women, there were at least a few pipers piping the whiskey’s arrival as part of a Distilling Welcoming Committee, while locals turned out in large numbers to partake in the welcome party.

The new warehouse, part of a €100m make-over by Irish Distillers, owners of Jameson, branches the business out of Midleton and according to John Hayes, chairman of the Distilling Welcoming Committee, it was important to the town to formally mark the occasion.

Whether anyone will remember marking the occasion is anyone’s guess.


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