About Cooley Whiskey Distillery
+353 (0)42 9376102
3 250 000 litres
Cooley Distillery plc
Riverstown, Cooley, Co. Louth
John Teeling purchases Ceimici Teo Distillery in Dundalk. Previously it has produced spirits in column stills (e. g. vodka) and is now renamed Cooley Distillery.
Willie McCarter acquires part of A. A. Watt Distillery and the brand Tyrconnell and merges with Teeling. Teeling simultaneously buys decommissioned Locke’s Kilbeggan Distillery which will be used for storage of whiskey from Cooley.
A pair of pot stills is installed for production of both malt and grain whiskey.
Locke’s Single Malt, without age statement, is launched as the first single malt from the distillery. Cooley encounters financial troubles and Pernod Ricard, via Irish Distillers, offers to purchase the company for £24.5 million.
The Competition Authority establishes that Irish Distillers cannot acquire Cooley as they then would be dominating the Irish whiskey market.
Finances improve and production resumes.
Connemara is launched.
Locke’s 8 year old single malt is launched.
The Connemara 12 year old is launched.
Five Connemara Single Casks from 1992 are released.
Kilbeggan distillery is reopened.
Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde