Great news for Lambay Whiskey as micro as micro distillery secures funding from In The Leader programme within minister O’Brien’s department

12th November, 2020

Minister for State for Rural and Community Development, Joe O’Brien has welcomed the approval Of €192,283 to establish a micro-distillery on Lambay Island with an independent energy supply. The Dublin Rural LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) which oversees the LEADER programme in Rural Dublin approved the investment in the project at an online meeting recently.

The Dublin Rural LEADER LAG oversee the implementation of the LEADER Programme which is a key component of the Rural Development Programme, an initiative of the Department for Rural and Community Development in rural parts of Dublin.

Speaking on the announcement, Minister O’Brien said;

“I am delighted to see the funding and support for Lambay Whiskey coming out of the Leader funding that comes from my Department to the Dublin Rural Leader local action group. The targeted funding will mean a micro distillery can be established on the island of Lambay and help the business grow even more.”

“I want to acknowledge the work of the Dublin Rural LEADER LAG, and thank them, they have worked hard to encourage these worthy projects to come forward for funding under this programme.”

Skerries Councillor, Karen Power, welcomed the news, saying;

“I am delighted to see the funding announcement and am particular pleased to see the significant funding for Lambay Irish Whiskey, a local whiskey company that has been going from strength to strength located on Lambay Island just off the Skerries shore. The creation of a micro distillery will mean the whiskey can be distilled on Lambay rather than relying on sourcing distillates from an other whiskey distilleries.”

The micro distillery will only operate in spring and autumn, when the island’s own natural spring is most productive and will also mean it avoids the worst of the sea conditions.

For more information please contact Karen Power, karen.power@oireachtas.ie