Owner: Region/district: Cooley Distillery plc Ireland (County Louth)
Founded: Status: Capacity:
1987 Active 3 250 000 litres
Address: Riverstown, Cooley, Co. Louth
+353 (0)42 9376102 www.cooleywhiskey.com
1987 – 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.
1988 – 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.
1989 – A pair of pot stills is installed for production of both malt and grain whiskey.
1992 – Locke’s Single Malt, without age statement, is launched as the first single malt from the distillery. Cooley encounters financial troubles and and stops production.
1995 – Finances improve and production resumes.
1996 – Connemara is launched.
2000 – Locke’s 8 year old single malt is launched.
2003 – The Connemara 12 year old is launched.
2006 – Five Connemara Single Casks from 1992 are released.
2007 – Kilbeggan distillery is reopened.
2009 – New packaging for the Connemara range and release of the first in The Small Batch Collection.
2010 – The heavily peated Connemara Turf Mor is released.
2011 – Connemara Bog Oak is released.
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