Tyrconnell Irish Whiskey is produced by the Kilbeggan Distilling Company at the Cooley Distillery in Ireland. It has had a rich and varied history, not surprising when you consider it all started over 250 years ago. During that time they have preserved traditional Irish whiskey brands such as Tyrconnell as well as being the oldest continually licensed distillery in Ireland.
Matthias McManus founded the Kilbeggan Distillery in 1757. Situated on the banks of the river Brosna, there was plenty of access to the three natural ingredients needed for whiskey distillation – water, grain and turf. During 1916 to 1933 the Irish war of independence and Prohibition in the US severed Irish Whiskey demand, then as Prohibition ended, Scotch whisky boomed at the expense of Irish Whiskey. The distillery ceased production in 1957, in the early 1970’s there were only two Irish distilleries left.
Cooley Distillery, set up by John Teeling, was the first new whiskey distillery set up in Ireland in over 100 years, supported by the Kilbeggan community who had maintained the original distilling license and the equipment. The year 2007 marked the 250th anniversary of the Kilbeggan Distillery and in 2008 they were awarded the IWSC “World Distiller of the Year”