Former William Fry partner spearheading new Co Kerry distillery

June O'Connell
June O’Connell

Former William Fry partner June O’Connell is spearheading plans to open a new craft gin and pot still whiskey distillery in Co Kerry.

Ms O’Connell joined William Fry in 1997 and was appointed as a partner in the corporate department in 2002, specialising in M&A and investment work.

She is now founder and director of the Skellig Six18 distillery in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry, which will soon begin selling a gin made using local botanicals, The Irish Times reports.

A gin school, an interim visitor centre and a bottling plant are set to open by the end of the year, and the distillery hopes to put a whiskey on the market by Christmas 2024.

Ms O’Connell told The Irish Times: “The whiskey distillery will have capacity for six casks per day on a single shift and the new facility has planning permission to run a three-cycle shift although it will be some time before we move up to that level.

“The initial plan is to produce about 33,000 cases a year and we’ll be maturing it here as well, although we won’t be bottling and selling everything that matures after three years.”

She added: “There are eight five-star hotels on the Ring of Kerry and over 1 million people will be passing our door. We expect to have 100,000 visitors in five years’ time.”

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