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Old Jameson Distillery gets €11m refurbishment

Irish Distillers is to embark on an €11 million (US$12.2m) redevelopment of its Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield, Dublin, over the next six months.

The Old Jameson Distillery will be closed for six months while an €11m refurbishment is carried out

The distillery will close on 31 August 2016 to March 2017 will work is being carried out.

Irish Distillers – the Irish whiskey arm of French drinks group Pernod Ricard and producer of Jameson – said the refurbishment will “strengthen Ireland’s growing whiskey tourism industry”, which attracts 600,000 visitors a year.

“This investment marks an important moment in the history of Jameson in Ireland,” said Jean-Christophe Coutures, who took over from Anna Malmhake as chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers earlier this year.

“We’ve grown up on Bow Street, in the heart of Smithfield, and we’ve always felt privileged to share our home with the world. Since we opened the Old Jameson Distillery visitor experience in 1997, we’ve welcomed over four million whiskey lovers through our doors.

“Now, as the renaissance of Irish whiskey continues at pace following incredible global growth over 25 years, we want to build on our efforts to share the story of Irish whiskey and Jameson around the world.”

Construction will be led by BRC Imagination Arts, Dublin based Architect firm TOTP Architects and Flynn Management & Contractors with approximately 100 people employed as part of the redevelopment.

“When we next open our doors you’re going to see what makes our whiskey loved the world over, with live immersive experiences delivered with the personal touch, helping to bring this story to life,” said Ray Dempsey, general manager of the Old Jameson Distillery.

“We look forward to welcoming many more whiskey lovers to our Smithfield home when we reopen in March.”

The Old Jameson Distillery first started distilling Jameson Irish whiskey in 1780, when it was called Bow Street Distillery. After closing in 1971 when Jameson moved production to the Midleton Distillery, the site fell into disrepair. However, it was coverted into a visitor centre in the early 2000s.

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