Clonakilty whiskey aging facility one step closer after planning approval

Clonakilty Distillery, a whiskey brand and spirits maker, is one step closer to developing a new whiskey aging facility after being approved for planning permission.

Based in Clonakilty, Co Cork, the distillery applied for planning permission for the aging facility last November. It hopes to build the facility, which received conditional approval from Cork County Council earlier this month, in the nearby village of Rossmore.

In conversation with the sunday independent, Clonakilty Distillery founder and CEO Michael Scully said it will form a crucial part of the business going forward.

“We are pleased to have secured our plan, which is an integral part of the company’s growth plans over the next 10 years,” he said.

“Not only will the development meet expected environmental and safety standards, but it will also include a dedicated wildflower meadow and dedicated safe habitat for bees and other wildlife.”

Scully said the facility would “copper” existing jobs in Clonakilty and create a platform for more positions in the future. He added that construction is expected to start later this year.

According to the approved planning application documents, the aging facility will consist of three storage buildings, two of which will be used for aging and one for cask handling.

The filing said the Scully family recognized the need for whiskey aging facilities to “sustain production and meet demand for Clonakilty whiskey.”

The family had met with advice about building a facility near their farm in Ardfield, near Clonakilty, but they said it was in a “sensitive place” and would not be supported for reasons of visual convenience.

The Clonakilty Distillery was officially opened in 2019 by Foreign Secretary and former Tánaiste Simon Coveney. The company also makes a range of vodka and gin products. Clonakilty whiskey aging facility one step closer after planning approval

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