Macnas are launching the Galway Whiskey Trail today! Galway’s extraordinary street  theater are bringing their show to The Spanish Arch at 9:30pm to celebrate 200 years of whiskey  distilling in the cultural hub of the west of Ireland. The 11 Whiskey Trail venues are – Tigh Neachtain, The Dáil Bar, An Púcan, McCambridge’s, Garveys, O’Connell’s, Garavans, Blake’s Bar, Freeney’s, Sonny Molloy’s, and The Kings Head. Two centuries of the whiskey industry in Galway will be celebrated around Galway’s 11  starting at 12:00 in Tigh Neachtain.

The Galway Whiskey Trail, a new initiative being launched today, is encouraging locals and visitors to travel back in time to learn about Galway’s rich whiskey heritage. Designed to charm by whiskey spirit while enjoying The Greatest CRAIC!

MACNAS Opening Galway Whiskey Rail Today! Street theatre Galway spectacular show 9:30 at Spanish Arch, Photo by Darius Ivan
MACNAS Opening Galway Whiskey Rail Today! Street theatre Galway spectacular show 9:30 at Spanish Arch, Photo by Darius Ivan

Irish whiskey has experienced a renaissance recently and while many pubs have become havens for craft beer, others have embraced this traditional spirit.

A group of Galway publicans are now launching the Whiskey Trail, which will celebrate one of the city’s most famous distilleries, Persse’s.

Records show that in 1815, Connacht’s only legal whiskey distillery, ‘H.S. Persse Nun’s Island Distillery – Galway’ was positioned on Nun’s Island, at the cusp of the River Corrib. It had, its own maltings and cornstores and operated a triple distillation process.

The Nuns Island Distillery featured five warehouses, containing 5,000 casks of Persse’s Galway whiskey. The business developed and had an annual output of 400,000 gallons of whiskey.

Macnas parade 2012
Macnas parade 2012

Persse’s of Galway were one of the first Irish distillers to bottle their own miniatures in Ireland in the 19th century.

Have you seen MACNAS marching around? Or even Galway Whiskey Trai? Location: Dominick Street, Galway’s WestEnd Modeling; Sunny Juddy Photography: Darius Ivan

via Macnas to launch city’s new Whiskey Trail.

First whiskey producer in galway were Persse family, established The H.S Persse Nun’s Island Distillery in 1815.

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