Distillery: We have broken no laws

A newly opened distillery in Dingle, Co Kerry, has denied it is in breach of the planning laws.

Kerry County Council has issued a warning notice to Porterhouse Ltd that certain works have been carried out in the distillery without planning permission.

Whiskey production began last week on the site of the old sawmills in Dingle, in what is believed to be the first purpose-built distillery for a new whiskey in Ireland in more than 200 years.

A council spokesman confirmed that a warning notice had been issued to the company and a planning application had been received.

However, Porterhouse founder Oliver Hughes said the site had an industrial use going back to the 1800s and no works requiring planning had been carried out.

The company was not in breach of planning regulations, he maintained. He said the building had been used for industrial purposes since the 1800s and the works carried out did not require planning permission.

Architects for Mr Hughes have been in communication with the council.

The Dingle Whiskey Distillery — which produces a single malt, pot-stilled whiskey — is operating from a seafront site in the West Kerry town. It took delivery earlier this summer of huge copper stills.

Vodka and gin are also produced at the site of the old Fizgerald’s sawmills at Milltown, Dingle.

Twenty jobs have been created as a result of the distillery.

Ireland once had hundreds of distilleries, but now has only a few and Mr Hughes has said whiskey was again the hottest spirit around in terms of world demand.

The Dingle distillery has the capacity to distill two casks of whiskey a day.

The first 500 of the Dingle casks are being sold to investors and whiskey lovers named as “founding fathers”.

The cost of a cask of a 220 bulk litres leading to more than 437 bottles of 40% proof whiskey is €6,100.


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