That’s the spirit! New whiskey distillery plans to rejuvenate centre of Waterford town
A rundown but landmark building in a county Waterford town is set to be brought back to life after an independent whiskey maker unveiled plans to transform the abandoned mill into a state-of-the-art distillery.
Gortinore Distillery Ltd has lodged plans to transform the Old Woollen Mill Grain Store in Kilmacthomas into a modern day working distillery and retail facility.
The ambitious plans, which could be a game changer for the town centre and add to the thriving tourism boom it is currenbtly enjoying, were lodged with Waterford City and County Council this week.
Gortinore, who produce Natterjack Whiskey, are hoping to eventually house three traditional copper pot stills in the building as well as ageing whiskey casks. Their aim is to create “Ireland’s only working distillery to be retrofit into a 150-year-old building”.The development will consist of sympathetic internal and external alterations, alongside some demolitions within the mill and silo building.
A three-storey extension will be created to the front of the mill building including alterations to the mill façade and roof structures. Some alterations and additions will be necessary to enable the distillation process, while alterations will be required for vehicle and goods access.
The plans also request a new pedestrian route from the new parking area to the building and the Main Street in Kilmacthomas. The Old Woollen Mills is a protected structure.