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The Conyngham family purchased Slane Castle in 1703 and have continued to launch new business ideas in support of the running of the estate.
This entrepreneur spirit was started in the 18th Century when William Burton Conyngham helped finance the building of the mill in Slane which at the time of its construction was one of the largest mills of its type in Europe.
This has continued with the modern generation with Henry, the Eight Marquess Conyngham when he launched the Slane Concerts in 1981 which has brought 80,000 people to Slane Castle to see some of world’s greatest recording artists perform in the natural amphitheatre in front of the castle.
Presenting such famous artists as U2, Thin Lizzy, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Guns ‘N Roses, Madonna, Queen, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, REM and The Rolling Stones have all performed at Slane.
It was at the 2009 Oasis concert, Henry with his son Alex, The Earl of Mount Charles launched the Conyngham family’s latest venture – Slane Castle Whiskey. The family have enjoyed Irish Whiskey for generations and one hundred years ago there were many family owned distilleries spread throughout Ireland. Today there are only five distilleries in Ireland and with Slane Castle Whiskey the Conyngham family is looking to resurrect the tradition of the family owned Irish whiskey.
Outsourcing the whiskey from the nearby Cooley Distillery, Slane Castle launched their Premium blend into the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland in 2009. The blend was an instant success and went on to win a Gold Medal at the Irish Whiskey Masters in 2011.
The following year the Cooley Distillery was sold to Beam Global and later in 2012 the supply of whiskey ceased, as it did so for other independent brands using the Cooley Distillery as source. However buoyed up by their initial success, the Conyngham family decided to strengthen their commitment to Irish whiskey and in July 2013 planning permission was secured for a distillery and visitor centre to be built in the 18th Century courtyard buildings that are adjacent to the Castle.
The Slane Castle Distillery will source its raw ingredients from the Conyngham Estate which includes water from the River Boyne and barley which will be grown, malted and milled on the farm estate – the only Irish distillery to do so. Traditional production methods including timber washbacks and copper pot stills will then create Triple Distilled Single Malt and Pot Still whiskeys under the watchful eye of the Head Distiller, Allan Anderson.
Visitors to the distillery will be able witness the whole production process from the grain to the bottle and then relax in the walled gardens and cafe that is nestled in the distillery grounds. Construction on the distillery should start during summer 2014 and they hope to produce the first whiskey by the end of 2015
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