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Planning permission granted for Lahardaun distillery

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Planning permission granted for Lahardaun distillery


Anton McNulty

The prospect of the first distillery in Mayo for over 100 years became a step closer after planning permission was granted for a €5 million distillery based in Lahardaun.
Mayo County Council granted planning permission to the Nephin Whiskey Company to develop a distillery in the north Mayo village with construction expected to commence in the spring. The proposed development will also consist of a visitor centre which will accommodate tours of the distillery.
The company was created by husband and wife team, Paul and Jude Davis and was launched last July by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. The distillery will be located in the heart of the village and it is projected that by the end of year three the enterprise will have generated 18 jobs, with eight permanent staff employed as distillery operatives.
It is hoped that the construction will be completed by September and production will commence at the end of the year.
The company is planning to produce premium Peated Single Malt Whiskey which they will market at the premium and super premium level with a focus targeted on the US market. Local turf will be used to dry the barley on site and this is seen as a unique selling point for the US market.
As well as distilling premium whiskey the site will also consist of a visitor centre which will be open all year round with tours running hourly, from 10am to 6pm, seven days a week. The company aim to attract between 5,000 and 10,000 visitors per year with the majority expected to arrive by tour bus.
The visitor centre will be a single storey building with an area of 65 square metres while the cooperage will be included in a two storey building along with a process laboratory with a total area of 110 square metres. The development will also involve the demolition of two single story shop units, a single storey store and a storage shed.  
Planning permission was granted for the development on January 10 subject to ten conditions.