“GIVE everyone their DEW,” was the reaction of Tullamore Town councillors as distilling is poised to return to the town as part of William Grant & sons multi million plans to construct a distillery at Clonminch.
Welcoming the recent announcement, Cllr Sinead Dooley, an Cathaoirleach of Tullamore Town Council paid tribute to Declan Kirrane and Pat Gallagher and their staff on the huge effort they put in into the negotiates with Grants that secured the return of Tullamore DEW to the town.
“There were very sensitive negotiations going on for some time. There was huge work done to get distilling back to Tullamore and the potential for the won is huge. Distilling is coming home and Tullamore will reap huge benefits.”
Mr Kirrane, the Town Manager, thanked the members for all their support on the project. “The branding of Tullamore world wide is huge. It is absolutely massive.”
According to Mr Kirrane, the Council is currently working with the multi national company on making their planning application for the 55 acre site in Clonminch, Tullamore. “We have made a good start but there is a lot more work to do,” he added.
All of the councillors expressed their delight about the announcement for the town. Cllr Brendan Killeavy welcomed the news and believed it was fantastic that it coming back to the town. “The big winner, for tourism will be the town,” he added.
Cllr Molly Buckley added her delight at the announcement. “There is huge excitement in the town about this. There is great support for this. It is a huge step in promoting the town. ”
Cllr Declan Harvey also noted the huge benefits for the town.
Cllr Sean O’Brien said there was vast potential and it boded well for the town.
Cllr Tommy McKeigue and Cllr Lar Byrne both said it was fantastic and congratulated all involved in the negotiations.
Cllr Tony McCormack agreed and believed that it also opened the door to advertise the town and the huge tourism potential for the area. “It is also fantastic to have Tullamore Dew back in Tullamore,” he added.