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Our Story

It has been 100 years since Limerick had its own whiskey and in memory, we pay homage to the long lost distillery of Thomond Gate which sat on the banks of the River Shannon between 1809 and 1919. The distillery was named after the fortified city gate which in times before the building of John’s Gate in 1494, Thomond Gate was the most important portal in the city. It was the gateway to the western part of the country and was well protected by the Shannon River and King John’s Castle. It linked the counties of both Clare and Limerick. This was known as the Kingdom of Thomond and once ruled over by the High King of Ireland, Brian Boru and Earls of Thomond.

After meticulous research and gems found in the archives of Limerick City, this lost spirit has been lovingly reborn. Our whiskey has been carefully curated and sourced to honour the traditional style of Single Pot Still Irish whiskey, once distilled in Limerick and enjoyed by our past generations. A lost spirit rekindled from the pages of history, our whiskey has been skilfully reborn through careful attention to detail and traditional craftsmanship.

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Why now?

Over the last 10 years, Irish whiskey has surged in global demand and we are in the dawn of a new Golden Age of Irish Whiskey. This drink has been popularised by TV shows such as Mad Men and Peaky Blinders which has driven a younger market to enjoy the smooth, creamy, well-balanced and unpeated flavours which are characteristic to Irish whiskey.

Irish whiskey has a global appeal and with the introduction of a growing number of whiskey attractions, enthusiasts from far and wide have been flocking to Ireland to enjoy the quintessential drink of Irish people. They travel the length and breadth of the country’s Irish Whiskey Trail of which Thomond Gate Whiskey aims to stamp Limerick firmly back on the map in the near future.

The increase in tourism will boost the trade of local hotels, restaurants, and bars, which aligns with the city’s objectives to position Limerick as more of a tourist destination. Overall, the process of restoring the lost spirit of Limerick to attract more tourists and boost the local economy will also help with the current 2030 regeneration plans for the city.

As a community-lead business, we will rely on both local and international support to make this vision a reality. We are seeking people who share our passion for the city of Limerick and the goal to be a world leader in the whiskey industry once more. By registering your interest now in our product, we can then include you in our quest from the very beginning.

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Vision statement

“To distil our efforts to restore a local heritage craft, that delivers a unique pleasurable experience for our consumers, that enrich their senses and take them on a journey though time, by curating a spirit with depth and complexity beyond it’s years.”

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