Posted on Thursday 5 July 2018 by John Mulgrew

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A new £7.3m whiskey distillery is getting the go ahead in Co Down.

Planning permission has been granted for a new distillery, bar, restaurant and visitor centre on Monaghan Street in Newry.

The green light to proceed was given by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

Backed by Newry businessman and entrepreneur, Michael McKeown, the location will see the revival of the Matt D’Arcy & Company business on the site which goes back as far as 1817.

Andrew Cowan, chief executive, Matt D’Arcy & Company, said:

“We are thrilled to have received such good news on the positive planning decision. This will now see us move to the next stage of the plans for Matt D’Arcy.”

“This is a really special development which will create jobs, fill local hotels and bring many tourists to this key attraction on the eastern corridor of Ireland, perfectly positioned between Belfast and Dublin.”

“We have already received a significant amount of interest in the plans to develop the Irish whiskey tourism offering on this part of the island which we believe will be very successful.”

“The Irish whiskey market is hugely successful and growing at a significant rate. Last year the market produced a modest nine million cases with the 2020 target of 12 million cases looking like it will be exceeded.”

 

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