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Distillery project in doubt is a "huge disappointment"

Distillery project in doubt is a "huge disappointment" Distillery project in doubt is a "huge disappointment"
Jennifer Long

There is "huge disappointment" in the Kilmacthomas area that plans for a €7m whiskey distillery in the village have been plunged into doubt.

Ger Barron, Labour councillor, said while the end of the project has not been confirmed, the indications are certainly "not good".

It has emerged that the company behind the ambitious distillery plans for the Old Mill in the village has been placed into examinership.

Gortinore Distillers had been granted planning approval for the construction of a €7m million whiskey distillery in Kilmacthomas in November of 2020.

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The group, led by businessman Aidan Mehigan, acquired the lease for The Old Mill in Kilmacthomas from Waterford Council in 2016.

It had been planned that they would renovate the site into a distillery and adjoining visitor centre, which would create 15-full-time jobs and produce one million bottles of Irish whiskey every yea

You can listen back to Ger Barron talking to Maria McCann on Deise Today this morning (Thursday) by clicking the link on the image above.

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