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The Cooley Distillery was established by John Teeling who, after studying in America, concluded that there was a solid market for a new Irish Whiskey brand. (That and he realised that the scrap value alone of the distillery he was about to buy made the purchase worthwhile.) Teeling acquired the Ceimici Teo Distillery in 1987. He renamed the Dundalk-based distillery Cooley. Cooley was the first whiskey distillery to be founded in Ireland for over a century and it was not long before the owners began to acquire famous brands and distilleries that had been mothballed. Tyrconnell and Kilbeggan were amongst the number. The Kilbeggan distillery itself was reopened in 2007 and is run in conjunction with Cooley and proffers the company’s storage facilities. During the 1990s, the Cooley distillery launched Connemara, Ireland’s only peated whisky.

In 2011 Beam Inc. purchased Cooley and have since concentrated on the core range, with a special interest in the Kilbeggan blend. At the end of 2013, Suntory then bought Beam for the princely sum of $16 billion! The Teelings, meanwhile, have started a new venture, Teeling Whiskey Company. They plan to return whiskey distilling to Dublin.

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About Cooley Whiskey Distillery

Distillery Number

+353 (0)42 9376102

Distillery Founded


Distillery Capacity

3 250 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Owner

Cooley Distillery plc

Distillery Address

Riverstown, Cooley, Co. Louth

Distillery Website


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

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Kilbeggan 15 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A 15 year old Kilbeggan, produced at the Cooley distillery and a Gold Medal winner at the 2008 International Wine and Spirits fair.  More info
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Connemara is a peated Irish single malt. This particular expression was finished in sherry casks, lovely character!  More info
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Greenore 15 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
This is the longest aged Irish single grain ever released. Greenore 15 is a limited edition, with a light, gentle sweetness.  More info
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A very quaint little miniature gift pack, look - they've made it look like a little distillery! This includes the standard peated Connemara, the 12 year old and the cask strength. It even comes with a...  More info
The Cooley Collection
(20cl, 40%)
A great little miniature pack from Cooley - which shows off how great Cooley's whiskeys are. There's the single grain Greenore 8, the blend Kilbeggan and Connemara and Tyrconnell - respectively peated...  More info
A 14 year old single malt from the Cooley distillery, this Tyrconnell is a balanced, nutty whiskey.  More info
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