The operators of a new whiskey distillery in Achill are hoping to start production next month.

The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring visited Bunnacurry this afternoon to officially open the new Achill Island Distillery.

The company hopes to create up to 25 jobs when fully operational.

The company was established 5 years ago, and is currently exporting two types of Irish whiskey sourced from a number of distilleries across the country to 11 states in the US.

The Irish American Trading Co says Minister Ring's visit today marks the completion of works on the Achill Island distillery, and they're hoping to start production next month, with a Visitors Centre due to open before the end of the year.



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