New distillery to open in the Liberties

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A new distillery is set to open this Spring in the historic Liberties St. James’ Church, which has been deconsecrated since 1964. Called the Pearse Lyons Distillery, the unique development is a fresh chapter in the Irish whiskey renaissance story. The distillery was set up by Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech and his wife and co-founder of Alltech Deirdre Lyons.

Deirdre Lyons, co-founder of Alltech, standing alongside the brushed steel “Witches Cap” that will adorn the 10 tonne glass spire now set in place on the historic St. James Church in Dublin’s Liberties. St. James church PIcture:  Finbarr O'Rourke
Deirdre Lyons, co-founder of Alltech, standing alongside the brushed steel “Witches Cap” that will adorn the 10 tonne glass spire now set in place on the historic St. James Church in Dublin’s Liberties. St. James church. Picture: Finbarr O’Rourke

The Lyons bought the church in December 2013 and have renovated and rebuilt it to bring a fresh lease of life to the area, once the heart of the Irish beverage industry. It is recorded that there were as many as 30 brewers operating in the area in 1804. Known as “The Golden Triangle”, the area was credited with making Irish whiskey one of the most popular spirits in the world, before a long period of decline during prohibition which forced many distilleries out of business.

Dr. Pearse Lyons said:

“We are thrilled by the latest addition to our family, in the heart of Dublin’s historic brewing and distilling district. The Pearse Lyons Distillery and visitors centre will showcase the rich history of distilling in Dublin’s Liberties. Visitors will have the opportunity to feel, taste, see, smell and learn about the process of distilling Irish whiskey and take home some of their very own to share the story with their family and friends.”

The Pearse Lyons Distillery plans to open its doors to worshippers of Irish whiskey in the spring of 2017. It is expected that the distillery could attract thousands to the area. Demand for Irish whiskey has skyrocketed in recent years. In fact, its global market share is expected to rise by 300% by 2030.