New £10m Irish whiskey distillery gets green light

New £10m Irish whiskey distillery gets green light

Planning approval has been granted for a new £10 million Limavady Irish Whiskey distillery in Magilligan, Co Derry.

The company, launched by experienced industry veteran Darryl McNally in 2021, has revived one of the oldest names in the Irish spirits industry.

Mr McNally, who spent 16 years at Bushmills, and later helped launch Dublin Liberties Distillery, has already secured a partnership with Vermont-based Whistlepig to distribute his Limavady Single Barrel Irish Whiskey in the United States.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council officially signed off on the farm diversification plans on May 2 2024, some 32 months after the Co Derry master distiller submitted his application.

The original Limavady Distillery operated in the area between 1750 until around 1915.

At its height, the distillery was producing 1.2 million litres of pure alcohol per annum.

Darryl McNally said the modern incarnation of the distillery will be capable of producing 3.5 million bottles of whiskey annually, with the aim of catering for global markets.

The brand’s logo, a leaping dog, is inspired from the Gaelic origin of Léim an Mhadaidh (leap of the dog).